Everyone’s pretty excited about Amazon’s MP3 Cloud Player with 5 GB of Cloud Drive space. I downloaded the Android version to my HTC Incredible as soon as I could. The concept is great – buy music from any device (just about) and play it from any device (just about). Do you really need an iTunes app anymore?
Amazon’s announcement came along with some disappointing and exciting caveats. Disappointing: If you previously bought MP3 music from Amazon, it doesn’t show up in your Cloud Drive, and there’s no handy option on the Cloud Player site to move it there. Exciting: You can use the Amazon MP3 Uploader tool to (wait for it…) upload MP3s to your Cloud Drive! So, you can manually copy previously purchased (from Amazon or elsewhere) to your Cloud Drive and use it from your various Cloud Players.
Well, in theory anyway. I’ve tried to upload MP3 files using version 1.0.1 of the Amazon MP3 Uploader, but it doesn’t actually upload any files. So, exciting becomes Disappointing! The application (which is based on Adobe AIR) either hangs or crashes. In the past 24 hours I’ve experienced 3 hangs and 2 crashes. The more recent crash dump was:
1 Problem signature: 2 Problem Event Name: APPCRASH 3 Application Name: Amazon MP3 Uploader.exe 4 Application Version: 0.0.0.0 5 Application Timestamp: 4ca30b7b 6 Fault Module Name: Adobe AIR.dll 7 Fault Module Version: 188.8.131.5220 8 Fault Module Timestamp: 4d7a8071 9 Exception Code: c0000005 10 Exception Offset: 001fe2db 11 OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.4 12 Locale ID: 1033 13 Additional Information 1: 0a9e 14 Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789 15 Additional Information 3: 0a9e 16 Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789 17 18 Read our privacy statement online: 19 http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=104288&clcid=0x0409 20 21 If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline: 22 C:Windowssystem32en-USerofflps.txt 23
BTW, I started out trying to upload a bunch of files, but after the first hang I’ve just tried to upload 1 or 2 files. I’m using Windows 7 32-bit with SP1. I’ve launched the uploader app from both IE9 and Firefox 3.6.16. AIR seems to be up-to-date (see Fault Module Version).