Amazon Cloud Player available in Ford Sync AppLink-equipped cars
Feb 13, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Amazon Cloud Player is now available in Ford Sync AppLink-equipped vehicles, so owners can wirelessly connect the Amazon MP3 app on their Android smartphone to the Sync connectivity system to access their music library in their car using voice commands or audio controls.
Ford AppLink-equipped vehicles include the 2013 Ford Fiesta, Mustang, Focus, E-Series, C-MAX Hybrid, Expedition, Fusion, F-150 and Super Duty models.
Amazon said the integration of its cloud player with Ford vehicles would help drivers get rid of CDs, wires and other ways they used to connect and listen to their music in the car. It also frees up local storage space on phones by storing and accessing music in the cloud.
"We want customers to be able enjoy their entire music library wherever they want, from whatever device they choose," said Steve Boom, vice president of digital music for Amazon. "And we know that cars and music go hand in hand."
Millions of customers use Amazon Cloud Player to download, manage and stream their music in the cloud and on Kindle Fire, Android devices, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, Sonos, Roku and Samsung TVs.
The integration of Amazon Cloud Player and Ford vehicles is the latest in a series of new digital music features that Amazon has launched in recent months.
Earlier this year, Amazon announced AutoRip, giving customers free MP3 versions of eligible CDs they purchase from Amazon, including past purchases dating back to 1998 -- automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries.
In July, the Seattle company added new scan and match technology that enables customers to import music into Amazon Cloud Player by scanning their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matching eligible songs on their computers to Amazon's music catalog.
The Amazon MP3 Store recently expanded its catalog and now has more than 22 million songs available.
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