Amazon Cloud Player arrives on Roku, Samsung Smart TVs

Amazon's digital music storage and streaming app finally gives Roku a good response to Apple TV's iTunes Match.

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It's been months since Roku announced that the Amazon Cloud Player was "coming soon," but today the company finally made good on that promise.

Amazon's cloud music service is now available on Roku and Samsung Smart TVs, offering the ability to stream your own digital music tracks without needing to keep a separate computer running. For Roku, it's a solid response to Apple's iTunes Match service, which offers cloud storage and streaming for $25 per year.

While Amazon Cloud Player started off as a largely free service, it now requires a similar fee as iTunes Match: $25 per year for up to 250,000 uploaded songs. That's a ton of digital music, although the competing Google Play Music allows you to store up to 20,000 tracks for free and is available on Google TV devices.

The release comes on the same day Amazon added an Amazon Instant Video app to the iPhone and iPod Touch as well.

 

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