Amazon retires its Music Storage subscription plans

Until December 18th 2017, Amazon had a couple of Music Storage plans to subscribe to. But on that date its 'Free 250 Song Storage Plan', which allowed users to upload and store as many as 250 songs in the Amazon cloud for free, lost the ability to upload music.

And today Amazon has announced that, as of April 29th, subscriptions to both the 'Free 250 Song Storage Plan' and 'Paid 250,000 Song Storage Plan' (which lets your store as many as a quarter of a million songs in the cloud, for a fee) can no longer be renewed.

Until subscriptions expire, music can still be uploaded, played and downloaded. But on the date of expiry there will be no facility to restart subscriptions or upload music.

To play or download previously uploaded music, users should go to 'Your Amazon Music settings' and select 'Keep my songs'. Make sure you do this before April 29th, or all uploaded music will be removed from your personal library.

This change only affects uploaded music. Music purchased from Amazon (MP3s or AutoRip files as part of CD purchases) will remain available to stream or download.


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Simon Lucas is a freelance technology journalist and consultant, with particular emphasis on the audio/video aspects of home entertainment. Before embracing the carefree life of the freelancer, he was editor of What Hi-Fi? – since then, he's written for titles such as GQ, Metro, The Guardian and Stuff, among many others.