Amazon Includes iOS Support for Cloud Player, Access Through Safari Web Browser
Amazon Includes iOS Support for Cloud Player, Access Through Safari Web Browser

Amazon's Cloud Player now has basic support for Apple's iOS devices. While Cloud Player is not yet accessible through an app for iPhone or iPad, users of those devices can now access the Amazon cloud storage service through Apple's Safari web browser.

Engadget explains how it works: "[W]e ran the Cloud Player on an original iPad and iPhone 3GS without a hitch. In fact, there was very little (if any) lag or time delay when buffering a new song, and were able to refresh playlists and other information quickly. The interface of the Cloud Player is almost the same as -- if not identical to -- the page that loads up on your computer browser. Even better, the Cloud Player works flawlessly with the multitasking controls in iOS; the usual forward/pause/volume options are all usable as you play Angry Birds."

Apple mobile device users don't appear to be getting the full Cloud Drive experience, however. It appears iOS users cannot drag and drop songs (which will rearrange the order of songs and playlists). And because Flash is needed to upload songs, iOS devices cannot perform this function (although it's arguable that most uploading will take place from the user's computer, not the mobile device).

Cloud Drive, the storage service, and Cloud Player, the corresponding media player, launched at the end of March with support for web and Android devices. An upgrade of the Amazon MP3 app for Android added the Cloud Player to the existing MP3 app, giving Android users the full mobile experience missing for iOS users.