Amazon Cloud Player on iOS Beats iTunes Match

Amazon Cloud Player on iOS. Better than iTunes Match

Amazon Cloud storage and Cloud Player are nothing new to the world of smartphones and tablets, however, they are new to iOS. As of this week, Amazon has finally released Amazon Cloud player to iOS which allows users to upload music to the cloud and then stream them via the Amazon Cloud Player app. After some extensive use the past few days, I can say with out a doubt Amazon’s Cloud Player absolutely preforms better than iTunes Match.

Remember that article yesterday that I posted with a few questions asking why iTunes Match sucked so bad, and why streaming your own music was so slow and awful? Well Amazon Cloud Player is the answer to that question. Worried about going over that limited data package? Well you can go to the settings and select “download and stream only on Wi-Fi” and you’re home free. Even better yet, this service is totally free and works better than the 25 dollar yearly subscription fee Apple charges for their service. Yeah, I just discontinued mine. The only hassle is uploading the music, however, here is a step by step instructions on uploading the music to Amazon’s Cloud Player:
  1. Go to www.amazon.com, if you don’t have an account, make one.
  2. Select “Shop by Department” and then select “MP3’s and Cloud Player”
  3. Select “Cloud Player for Web,” after the page loads up, select “Upload your music”
  4. From there you should be prompted to download the “Amazon MP3 uploader”
  5. Install “AmazonMP3uploader” 
  6. Once installed and running on desktop, let it scan your music, after it finishes scanning, should take roughly 1-4 minutes depending on your music library size.
  7. From there, it will give you an estimate. For 3,000 songs, about 12 hours. I know it sounds like a long time but it is well worth the wait. 
  8. Go to the App Store on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad and search “Amazon Cloud Player” 
  9. Login in with your Amazon account and enjoy your music
So there you have it, another player in the world of music in the cloud for iOS. What do you think of Amazon Cloud Player for iOS? Do you like it? Is it better than iTunes Match? Or is it too early to tell if Amazon Cloud Player is better than iTunes Match? Let us know in the comment box below, on Google+, our Twitter page, or Facebook. Peace Apple Nation and Go Oklahoma Thunder in the NBA Finals!

iTunes Match on iOS 6 Beta Enhanced

iTunes in the Cloud, aka, iTunes Match.

Remember iTunes in the Cloud? Remember Apple praising it for being something that would both revolutionize cloud storage of music and transform your life? Well iTunes Match since its inception has been a mixed bag of results depending on who you talk to. For me personally, iTunes Match as been great, I store all my songs in the cloud and they no longer took up space on my iPhone.

This praise cant be said for all. Many people, including friends of mine complained about iTunes match because of missing album art work, slow at playing music from song to song, and eating through data because iTunes Match downloaded each song to their iPhone or iPad. The question became, if Pandora basically preforms the same functions of iTunes Match, why does iTunes Match suck so much? Why can’t iTunes Match stream faster much like Pandora?

Well, on iOS 6 Beta 1, iTunes Match is now a full streaming As noted by Apple ‘n’ Apps, in the iOS 6 beta. Songs can be downloaded or streamed, with streaming being the default playback option:

“iTunes Match has become a streaming service in the beta. We confirmed it, by playing a few songs, then turning off iTunes Match, and seeing that the music folder then had no music. In iOS 5, the few tracks you listened to are stored. The various playlists, artists, and songs also drop the cloud icon next to them, and those are reserved for the album view, and a little bit off to the side.”






You can purchase iTunes Match for $24.99 a year from iTunes if this intrigues you. However, I would hold off until iOS 6 when Apple officially makes changes to iTunes Match.



Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Remember the days when Apple gave out free printers and iPod touches to those that purchased a Mac during the annual Back to School promotion? Well I remember. Sadly, Apple no longer sees that promotion as necessary because they can now offer 100 dollars in iStore credit instead of 200+ dollars in value merchandise to go with your mac.

Back to School promotion for new iPad and Mac purchases.

Atleast with this year, the iPad is included in the deal with a $50 value for those buying new macs. Those deciding to buy the refurbed iPads are left out in the cold, as to be expected. As for the Mac, everything seems business as usual with the promotion appearing to be very similar to last years promotion. Any Mac that qualifies will receive a $100 iTunes card. As with previous years, the cards should be valid across Apple’s digital stores, including the iTunes Store, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, and iBookstore.

iOS 6 Beta already out?

Cruising through the blogs on a late saturday night can be kinda boring. Well, watching paint dry can be a lot more fun. But i came across something very interesting. Someone posted a link to a video on youtube showing a video that demonstrates a user using iOS 6 Beta 1 Build 10A010 (according to the user of the video). I know that this cant possibly be real can it? I am a jailbreaker myself and I understand tweaks and things like that, so thats whats got me scratching my head. Is this in fact real????

Leaked Specs for the Macbook Pro?

Rumors and part leaks for Apple products are nothing new. From iPhones to iPods, to iPads and the Mac line up, product leaks always generate a lot of attention from users, fans, and critics alike. On the eve of the WWDC, a photo taken and posted onto the internet revealed the potential specs of the MacBook Pro 13 inch. From what many can tell, this seems very legit with people both current and form Apple employees backing the claim. 
(Rumored) Leaked specs for the Macbook Pro.
What has so many people upset is that the new MacBook Pro, if the specs are true, has very dull changes to it including a lack of a high resolution screen and remaining attached to SSD. I understand people want change, want upgrades to the MBP line up and I believe they will receive them. What Apple is trying to do in my opinion is slowly axe the old MBP line up in favor of a slimmer, lighter, higher res screen MBP 15 inch. If you sit down and think about it, the concept seems right, give people the cheaper option of a MBP while pushing out new technology. Apple has done this before with the aluminum Macbook along side the White Macbook in 2008 and they do this with the iPhone offering an older model while pushing the new technology. 
While I certainly am not ecstatic about an incremental update for the 13 inch MBP, a model i use and love, I understand what Apple is attempting to do. So for those upset over this mediocre update, get over it and buy the 15 inch MBP that should be unveiled Monday, June 11th at 4 pm est/ 1 pm pst. Until then, lets all take a breather and see what happens. We have a long way to go before the WWDC next week. 

A Logical iPhone 5 Design, Honestly!

Ok, so after my long and depressing rant about how the iPhone 5 will not be released this summer, I thought I would lighten the mood just a tad with a little bit of optimism with my eyes focused in on October. So today all over the net, rumored part leaks for the iPod Touch 5th generation surfaced giving hope to those Apple fans that really want a 4 inch display upgrade. While there where some disappointed fans over the rumored part leak that could potentially appear on the next iPhone, many were completely satisfied with the rumor. For me personally, first glimpse was not love at first sight. In fact, I HATED the new look, so much so I almost posted an article ranting about how upset I was at Apple. But after some serious thought, I think I am actually excited. Or…..it could be this awesome video of a realistic mock up of the iPhone 5. Its not perfect, its not 100% sexy, but just picture it in your hands, enjoy!