Amazon has confirmed its Cloud Player for iOS service will be available in BMW Apps and MINI Connected-equipped vehicles. The service will allow drivers to access any personal music playlists they’ve uploaded to Amazon Cloud Player whilst in the car.
The service has several advantages, notably the fact it allows users to be free of bulky CDs, which are often difficult to keep track of and take up space in the car. Because all tracks are stored in a central archive on the Internet, it also introduces the prospect of freeing up local storage space on a user’s smartphone or MP3 player. All audio tracks accessed via Amazon Cloud Player can be streamed in high quality — up to 256kbps.
Of course, there are also drawbacks. Amazon Cloud Player relies on an Internet connection, so users are likely to find themselves at the whim of their car’s data provider, signal-stealing tunnels and other outside factors that could render the service temporarily unavailable.
Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon, said: “[Amazon] embrace in-car entertainment as an extension of our customers’ listening experiences. We want our customers to be able to enjoy their entire music library wherever they are – that includes being able to conveniently listen and control their music while driving.”
Bloom added: “Customers can access their favourite songs, albums, and playlists with the easy-to-use, in-dash iDrive controller.”
Steve Bernstein, Director of EU Digital Music, Amazon Media EU S. à.r.l, said: “[Amazon are] excited to bring to our Amazon.co.uk customers another great way to access their favourite music on-the-go with Amazon Cloud Player for iOS in BMW Connected and Mini Connected vehicles from model year 2011 forward.”
Amazon Cloud Player will be available in BMW Apps and Mini Connected vehicles from model year 2011 onwards.
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