Today Amazon officially launched its ‘Cloud Drive’ music service, a hard-drive in the cloud allowing you to securely store your music, videos, photos, and documents online and access them from anywhere.

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Together with Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android you can now store your digital music online and play it back to your computer or Android phone/tablet. You can upload your own music to your Cloud Drive, or save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to it. You start with 5GB of free storage space and can have this upgraded to 20Gb with your first purchase of a digital album on the Amazon MP3 store however this is only for the first year and for U.S. customers only. You can also purchase additional space at $20 a year for 20Gb up to a maximum of 1Tb.  Files can be encoded in AAC or MP3 format, and will be uploaded to Cloud Drive at their original bit rate, but you can also use the space to store documents and photos too.

“We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. “The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music.”

While the Cloud Drive service is available in all Amazon markets, the Cloud Player service is currently only available within the U.S.