Amazon's newly launched Cloud Player music streaming service has come under attack by record label Sony Music for operating without the required licenses.
According to a report on Reuters, Sony's stance over the new music locker and streaming service from Amazon might result in an intense legal battle, which could be defining for how music is stored and streamed on the cloud.
Sony Music claims that Amazon has failed to procure licenses from record labels before letting users stream and store music online.
A spokesperson for Sony Music told Reuters, “We hope that they'll reach a new license deal, but we're keeping all of our legal options open.”
Amazon has beaten Google and Apple to launching a cloud based music streaming and storing service. The Amazon Cloud Player allows users to stream their music collection to various desktop or mobile devices, using an internet connection and a web browser.
“Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It's like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available. The functionality of saving MP3s to Cloud Drive is the same as if a customer were to save their music to an external hard drive or even iTunes,” Amazon replied to Sony's claims.