Amazon is currently launching its AutoRip service in Europe, which will join the already established US version. Music purchased through the cloud player and those bought on the Amazon websites are stored in the online music storage to be played on multiple devices, including the Kindle Fire family, iPhone and iPad, Android hardware and through a web browser. Native Windows and Windows Phone apps are yet to be developed but are said to be on the table.
While Windows 8 users can utilise any of the popular web browsers available today to stream stored music on Amazon's cloud service, it would make for a complete experience if there were to be a featured app on the Windows Store. This also goes for Windows Phone, which cannot currently access files store online for streaming and download. Pocket-lint sat down with Steve Boom, VP of digital music at Amazon, to talk about potential apps on Microsoft's platforms.
"I don’t have anything to announce specifically on that, but I can tell you that our focus is on being platform agnostic. That is different from other locker providers. It is important to us that customers get access to their music however they choose. And we’ve been on a steady path of making it available on additional platforms. Right now, we’re really the only major provider to service the major mobile operating systems - iOS and Android. So I don’t have anything to say about Windows other than it would sit well in our strategy to do something like that."
When purchasing CD or vinyl records you'll receive an MP3 file of each song for free, which is stored on the online cloud player. With over 350,000 albums currently AutoRip-enabled, it would make sense for Amazon to target Windows consumers who may also be avid Amazon fans. That said, we do have our beloved Nokia Music and Xbox Music services. We'll keep an eye out for more details to emerge on the development of these apps.