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Amazon Cloud Drive The Morning After: Playing Tunes On The iPad

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Whenever I tried to open the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Cloud Drive or Cloud Player on the iPad2 after last night’s launch, I got a warning that it didn’t work in my browser. I tried Safari and Skyfire. No luck. Then this morning on a whim I tried again — and I’m listening to Carole King and James Taylor Live at the Troubador streaming from the iPad as I type. One song download at a time.

Both entry screens show up now as do the contents. But not everything works. Folders can be opened and navigated. Some tasks can be completed like renaming a folder or moving and copying items. I can create a playlist in the Cloud Player. But I can’t upload — that requires Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Flash.

I also can’t play songs directly from the Cloud Player yet although I can get right to the point where the play button is lit or the speaker symbol shows up (yes, I do have the sound turned on). I can play a song at a time from the Cloud Drive — load one, listen, load another one, listen; it operates on the notion that I’m downloading the music and it can only “download” one item at a time so far. Thing is, as far as I can tell, it doesn’t really download; it just loads the track. On the plus side, the music continues even when I change tasks.

That it plays at all gives hope there’s a way to make Amazon’s newest offering work fluently on iOS devices.

Some days you really have to appreciate a job that gives cover for geeking out with gadgets and listening to music. Will update as warranted.