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Amazon Cloud Drive: Now streaming to iOS

Good news, music lovers: You can now listen to your cloud-based tunes on the go. The bad news: It's a somewhat clunky solution, at least for now.

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It's a bit of a hassle to access the Amazon Cloud Player in your iPhone's browser, but at least it works.
It's a bit of a hassle to access the Amazon Cloud Player in your iPhone's browser, but at least it works. Screenshot by Rick Broida

There's no denying that Amazon's new Cloud Drive is pretty awesome--especially if you routinely buy music from Amazon's MP3 store. Among other things, you can get 20GB of online storage (for a year) for the price of one dirt-cheap album.

Alas, until now, only Android users could listen to their Cloud Drive tunes on the go. The iOS camp has yet to see an Amazon MP3 app.

But as reported by Lifehacker today, Amazon just updated the service to support streaming over Safari. In other words, iOS users can now use the Amazon Cloud Player. They just have to go through their browser to do it.

Assuming you're already set up with a Cloud Drive account (and have some music in it), just point Safari to www.amazon.com/cloudplayer. (Ignore the warning about your incompatible browser.) Sign into your account and you'll see the same interface you get on the desktop.

It's a little unwieldy, to be sure, and very limited in terms of how you can queue up music to play--but it works. We hope this is the precursor to a full-fledged Amazon MP3 app for iOS.

Your thoughts? Are you eagerly awaiting a cloud-based alternative to storing all your music on your iPhone? Think Apple will beat Amazon to the cloud-music punch? Heard any good new tunes lately?