Amazon today announced the immediate availability of Amazon Cloud Player for iOS in BMW Apps and MINI Connected-equipped vehicles from model year 2011 forward. Amazon Cloud Player customers using and iPhone and iPod Touch can now conveniently access their music using the vehicle's controller and screen. This will allow drivers and passengers to easily access their music playlists stored in the Amazon Cloud Player with the convenience of using BMW and Mini dashboard controls by bringing music in high-quality up to 256 kbps audio. The launch of Amazon Cloud Player in BMW and Mini Cooper follows the integration in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles earlier this year.
The Amazon MP3 Store offers customers more than 26 million songs in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of albums with everyday low prices on bestselling albums. Any MP3 song and album purchased from Amazon can be automatically saved to Cloud Player by using Amazon AutoRip which gives customers free MP3 versions of eligible CDs and Vinyl, including past purchases dating back to 1998 which are all automatically added to the Cloud Player libraries.
At the moment, the Amazon Cloud Player for BMW and Mini is only available for iOS. We reached out to Amazon Germany with the question if Android or even Windows Phone will be supported anytime soon. Interesting enough, the spokesperson declined to comment about "yet not released future products"; even if it's available on Ford SYNC automotive entertainment systems. This is quite unusual because normally PR responds to this kind of questions with a casual "it's coming" or "it's planned". Therefore, and because Amazon doesn't have to unveil anything yet? Also BMW's press release from late November isn't mentioning Android.
Cheers ~ Arne