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Amazon Cloud Player app gets optimised for iPad, iPad mini

Amazon has finally optimised its Cloud Player app for the iPad and iPad mini, the company announced.

The newly updated iOS app allows customers with an Apple tablet to play, download, manage, and create playlists from music stored in their Amazon music locker. From the Cloud Player app, users can either stream music in their library from the cloud, or download it for offline playback.

"We introduced our Cloud Player app for iPhone and iPod touch last summer and it's been incredibly popular with our customers so we've now expanded it to iPad," Steve Boom, vice president of digital music for Amazon, said in a statement. "Our goal is to make Cloud Player the most widely compatible cloud playback solution available, giving our customers the ability to buy their music once and enjoy it everywhere."

The free version of Amazon Cloud Player lets users store all MP3s purchased from Amazon, plus up to 250 additional songs from their computer. Those with large music collections might be interested in a $25 (£16) annual premium subscription, which offers room for up to 250,000 songs.

Amazon launched its cloud player for the iPhone and iPod touch in June 2012. Earlier this year, the company also launched a browser-based version of its MP3 web store specifically optimised for iPhones and iPod touch.

Amazon has been steadily expanding availability of Cloud Player. Earlier this month, the web giant partnered with Ford to bring its Cloud Player app to vehicles equipped with the car maker's Sync AppLink in-car infotainment system. Also, Amazon last summer brought Cloud Player to the Sonos Wireless HiFi system.

The Amazon Cloud Player app for iPad is available for free in the App Store.