On Tuesday, Amazon.com launched a scan-and-match digital music service. This new service finds music files on users’ computers, create matching versions of those songs and store them in the cloud. Once in the cloud, customers can listen to the songs through the Kindle Fire and through Amazon apps on devices including the iPhone, iPod Touch, Android tablets and smartphones and on PCs through Web browsers.
As part of the new service, Amazon announced licensing agreements with hundreds of music publishers and distributors, including Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group. The licenses let Amazon create new versions of customers’ digital music files. The service will also scan and match for free up to 250 music files ripped from physical CDs and those purchased from Apple’s iTunes store and other sources, Amazon said. After 250 songs, Amazon will charge $24.99 a year to match and store up to 250,000 music files purchased or ripped from other sources.
Amazon said the service would soon be available through Roku Internet TV boxes and the Sonos home music streaming system.