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Prime subscribers can now store an unlimited number of photos in Amazon’s cloud

Amazon has added yet another perk for Amazon Prime subscribers. Starting on Tuesday, the company will make Prime Photo available for all Prime subscribers, which means they can store an unlimited number of photos in Amazon’s cloud without additional charges. You can get started here.

Photos can be uploaded to Prime Photos through either iOS or Android apps, or through an Amazon Cloud Drive web interface. The service works with Amazon’s Fire tablets and Fire Phone as well, naturally.

In fact, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive was one of the banner features on the Fire Phone when it launched, so it’s not surprising that [company]Amazon[/company] would eventually make it available for non-Amazon devices, similar to what it does with the Kindle app and other Amazon services.

The mobile apps automatically upload photos from your phone’s photo roll into Prime Photos, which can be displayed on a variety of devices, including Playstation 3 and 4 as well as Amazon Fire TV. One of the nicest features in Prime Photos is that the apps upload the original version of photos, so you’ll have a full resolution backup in the cloud.

As smartphone cameras push the megapixel count higher and higher, photo files are getting larger as well. It’s easy to fill up a 16GB or 32GB device with photos — and many cloud photo services like Dropbox have strict storage limits before users end up having to pay.

Adding unlimited photo storage to Amazon Prime is yet another way to convince subscribers they can’t live without the $99-a-year service: Even for those that don’t care for free 2-day shipping or Amazon’s video library, it will be hard to change the way they store gigabytes of their memories.

2 Responses to “Prime subscribers can now store an unlimited number of photos in Amazon’s cloud”

  1. Josh Earles-Bennett

    I could have used this years ago when I was looking for a photo storage service online to back up my photos to. I’m a little cautious when it comes to Amazon services ever since they gave us Amazon music years ago to store our music on. I signed up, stored all my music on it, starte buying more digital music from them, then they pulled the rug out from under us. They removed the free 5gb service and gave us like 150 songs or something. So I went to Google Music to store my music.

    I would hate to load all my photos to Amazon just to have them tell me later down the road that sorry its not all free. Plus I’ve been storing all of my photos on Google Picasa for years and its been great. Plus the storage upgrade is so cheap.

  2. Nicholas Paredes

    Given that photo printing is a $20B or more market, you’d think that would be free. Photos delivered in a day would be nice. An API for regular and large format prints would be nice…