On the heels of bringing its Kindle e-book reader devices into Japan, Amazon has just recently announced the availability of its Cloud Drive storage service for online uploading and access to documents, photos, and videos.
The online retail giant has come under scrutiny last year in the U.S. when it stated that it didn’t have to get any additional license to allow users to upload, store, and later download music that they’ve already purchased, a position that some in the recording industry disagree with. Amazon seems to be trying to be careful in making any such assertions in Japan where it has recently been made illegal to download any copyrighted content. Regardless of such issues, Amazon will be pushing through with the launch, offering 5 GB worth of storage for free. Subscribers can also opt to pay 800 yen ($10 U.S.) for 20 GB of space.
Users in Japan can already access Cloud Drive from PCs, Macs, and Android devices. The service will also be available on Kindle readers once the devices hits the market on December 19. Earlier this month, Amazon has announced the availability of the Kindle line with prices starting at 7,980 ($99 U.S. dollars) for the Paperwhite version, a significantly lower figure compared to U.S. prices. Cloud Drive is currently only available in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and now, Japan.
Correction: November 19th, When Amazon announced the Japanese debut of Cloud Drive last week, there was little to no mention of using the service for music/mp3 storage. Amazon Japan’s official site now highlights that mp3s purchased from their site are compatible with the Cloud Player, an app that allows users to stream their music to their mobile device, which in the U.S. is directly tied into the Cloud Drive.
[via Tech in Asia]