Music Beta vs. Amazon Cloud

CNET compares the recently launched cloud music service from Google with Amazon's Cloud Player service.

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Google has finally launched Music Beta, a cloud service that stores your music and lets you stream it to any browser or Android-based device. It's invite-only for now, but the beta version is free. It's not without its limitations, but we think it will certainly become a viable competitor against Amazon's recently released Cloud Player. Here, we present a chart that compares the two services.

Music Beta Amazon Cloud Player
Storage capacity 20,000 songs Anywhere from 5GB to 1TB (that works out to around 740 to 152,000 songs, assuming each song is around 4 minutes long recorded at 255Kbps)
Cost Free and invitation-only for now. 5GB storage for free; $20/year for 20GB, and $1,000 a year for 1TB. Songs bought on Amazon don't count against the limit.
Offline options Recently played songs are automatically cached for offline listening on Android devices. You can also manually select songs/albums for offline listening. But you can't download songs to a different computer. You can download the songs to a different computer/device without restrictions. Amazon Cloud Player also uses caching to optimize streaming on Android.
Free music Google provides some free samples during initial setup None
Store None Yes; songs cost $0.69 to $1.29 and albums are $7 on average. There are often $3.99 album deals as well.
Mobile Android app; playable on iOS via the browser Android app; playable on iOS via the browser
Requirements Google account. U.S. only for now. Amazon account. U.S. only for now.
Other features Custom playlists that can be synced with the cloud, intelligent mix Amazon's Cloud service extends beyond just music.
Sorting New & Recent, Songs, Artists, Albums, Genres, Time, Song Title, Plays, and Rating. Songs, Albums, Artists, Genres, Time
Edit song info? Yes No