Amazon is getting rid of the music storage aspect of their streaming music service. Amazon says that, as of December 18th, customers can no longer use the Amazon Music app for Mac or PC to upload their own music files to later stream through Amazon’s apps and devices.
Amazon has long offered a free and paid option for customers to upload their own music to Amazon’s cloud. Doing so allowed customers to stream those songs through Amazon’s various apps and devices, alongside tracks that were purchased from Amazon or including in one of their music subscriptions. The free option allowed customers to upload up to 250 songs, while the $24.99 per year paid option allowed up to 250,000 songs to be stored.
While customers can no longer upload new songs, they’ll still have access to existing uploads for a while. Those who are using the free option will still be able to stream their upload tracks until January 2019. Those who are subscribed to the paid music storage plan will be able to continue streaming their music for as long as they continue paying the annual fee. If the storage plan is allowed to expire without being renewed, you will not be able to re-start the subscription and will permanently lose access to all stored music.
Music that customers have purchased through Amazon will remain accessible. This change only affects tracks that were imported from a PC. If you’re looking for a new way to access your own music through Alexa devices, mymediaalexa.com and mypodapp.com seem like viable options. Plex also has an Alexa skill that you can use and there are unofficial skills that can play music uploaded to Google Play.