Get started with Amazon’s scan-and-match Cloud Player feature

Amazon just announced a pretty big update to its Cloud Player service. The enhancements include scan and match, increased storage, and the free upgrading of lesser audio tracks to 256 Kbps.

With the new service, gone are the days of 5GB of free storage. You can now store all of your Amazon purchased music, along with 250 songs purchased elsewhere for free. Or, you can pay the $25 fee for 250,000 songs worth of storage per year.

The scan-and-match service will scan your computer’s hard drive for music, and then match your music catalog with Amazon’s catalog. You can even scan your iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries, including music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CDs, and it will all be matched and available in your Cloud Player account. Also, after your music has been matched and placed into your account, Amazon will then upgrade all music to 256 Kbps.

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  • In order to get your music into your Cloud Player account, you’ll need to download and install the Amazon Music Importer app from Amazon. You can get the app by visiting on your Mac or PC. (When you click on the button to import music, you’ll be asked to download the app.)

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