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Amazon

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launched the Amazon Cloud Drive, an Internet service that lets customers store music and play it on their smartphones or computers.

The company also announced two cloud players -- the Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android.

Cloud computing, which offers compute power and storage via the Internet, is becoming one of the tech sector's hottest technologies.

"Together, these services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, wherever they are," Amazon said in a statement. "Customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free. "

"Our customers have told us they don't want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices," said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. "Now, whether at work, home, or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere."

The company is offering anyone with an Amazon account 5 gigabytes of free Cloud Drive storage. But customers who purchase an Amazon MP3 album will be upgraded to 20GB of storage.

With Cloud Drive, Amazon appears to have beaten

Google

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and

Apple

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, which are believed to be working on similar services,

The Associated Press

reported.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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