Got an email today from Amazon:
"Your Account Is Changing
Cloud Player and Cloud Drive are now separate services. Music you previously imported into Cloud Drive will remain in Cloud Drive at its original audio quality, and won’t count toward your Cloud Drive storage limit. Music you import to Cloud Drive in the future will no longer be available in Cloud Player.
You’ve been enjoying a free promotional subscription to Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. After it ends, you will be limited to 250 imported songs in Cloud Player.
Customers who are over that limit and close to expiration receive 30 days to test out our new features. Once you log in, you have 30 days to enjoy your music, everywhere. If you’d like to keep using Cloud Player for free, remove songs from your ‘Imported’ playlist until your library is below the 250 song limit before the 30 days are up. At the end of the 30-day free upgrade, if you have more than 250 imported songs in Cloud Player, you will not be able to play your previously imported music in Cloud Player – but you can start fresh and re-import up to 250 songs. Music you imported before July 24th will remain stored in Cloud Drive.
When you upgrade to Cloud Player Premium for $25 per year, you can import up to 250,000 songs. Upgrade before your promotional subscription ends and get 50 GB of Cloud Drive storage at no additional cost. Learn more."
My 1st impression was: why should I keep buying mp3 from Amazon if all I can have on the free are 250 songs (after the 30 day trial). By all means it sounded wrong so, I went to Amazon Help page and chatted with the support and this is the response that I got:
"<hidden support person name>: Cloud Player customers can store all MP3 music purchased at Amazon, plus import up to 250 songs from their PC or Mac to Cloud Player."
This is actually much better news than what is written on the email that causes some confusion, but in the end it still a bit bad. Now you will have 2 bills, one for the Amazon Cloud Drive and another for the Amazon Cloud Player, so basically the service prices just became more expensive.
I will keep buying my MP3 from Amazon, it is a good deal, but not sure if I will keep storing it on the cloud player or the cloud drive.