Back at CES Ford announced that Amazon Cloud Player was coming to the Ford Sync platform and today the app is live. With Amazon Cloud Player you will have access to all your music synced in Amazon’s cloud for the dash in the car. The music will be streamed at 256kb rate and you get full access to all of your collection without having to store them on a phone. It’s a nice idea, I would like to see Ford add Google Music to Sync as I know lots of people are using that for storing their collections (including me). I would also like to see Ford finally get Sync out on cars outside of the US.
Full press release:
Amazon Cloud Player – Now in Your Car
Enjoy your entire music library on the go – no CDs, no wires, no local storage needed
Access to Amazon Cloud Player in Ford SYNC AppLink-equipped vehicles is the latest in a series of customer benefits exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem of digital content and is available on the 2013 Ford Fiesta, Mustang, Focus, E-Series, C-MAX Hybrid, Expedition, Fusion, F-150 and Super Duty models
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 13, 2013– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Now it’s getting even easier to enjoy music in your car—starting today, Amazon Cloud Player is available in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles. Ford owners can now wirelessly connect the Amazon MP3 app on their Android smartphone to the SYNC connectivity system to access and enjoy their entire Cloud Player music library in their car using simple voice commands or the audio controls. Ford Applink-equipped vehicles include the 2013 Ford Fiesta, Mustang, Focus, E-Series, C-MAX Hybrid, Expedition, Fusion, F-150 and Super Duty models. For more information, customers can visit Amazon.com/cloudplayerinford.
Customers will love the integration of Amazon Cloud Player and SYNC Applink because they will be able to:
- · Access their music playlists with the convenience of using voice recognition or dashboard controls
- · Play music stored in Cloud Player or play back music stored on their mobile phone
- · Enjoy eligible music in high-quality 256kbps audio
- · Get rid of CDs, wires, and other ways they used to connect and listen to their music in the car
- · Free up local storage space on their phones by storing and accessing music in the cloud
“We want customers to be able enjoy their entire music library wherever they want, from whatever device they choose. And we know that cars and music go hand-in-hand. That’s why we’re excited to bring Cloud Player to the car,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon.
There are already millions of customers using Amazon Cloud Player to download, manage and stream their music in the cloud and on Kindle Fire, Android devices, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, Sonos, Roku and Samsung TVs. Now with the availability in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped cars, Amazon Cloud Player continues to offer the broadest selection of playback solutions of any major cloud music service.
The integration of Amazon Cloud Player and Ford vehicles is the latest in a series of new digital music features that Amazon has launched in recent months. Earlier this year, Amazon announced AutoRip, giving customers free MP3 versions of eligible CDs they purchase from Amazon, including past purchases dating back to 1998 — automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries. In December of last year, Amazon launched Cloud Player for Roku and Samsung, following the August launch of Cloud Player on Sonos home entertainment systems, and June launches of Cloud Player for iPhone and iPod touch. In July of last year, Amazon added new scan and match technology that enables customers to import music into Amazon Cloud Player by scanning their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matching eligible songs on their computers to Amazon’s music catalog. The Amazon MP3 Store also recently expanded its catalog to offer more than 22 million songs and everyday low prices on best-selling albums, many starting at $5.