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If you use Amazon Music's dedicated cloud music locker, it's time to go backup your uploaded MP3 files elsewhere—the streaming platform has announced that any uploaded songs will be removed from users' libraries on April 30.
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As reported by The Verge, Amazon Music revealed last year its plan to shut down the cloud music locker, and the ability for users to upload their own MP3s to the storage service was shuttered serval months ago. Now, there's an actual end date in sight for when user-uploaded MP3s will be deleted.
However, you can still login to Amazon Music and save any of the MP3s you may have uploaded in the past. Digital Music News reports that users can “choose to keep their tracks on the cloud simply by clicking 'Keep My Songs' under Music Settings.” Be warned that this may only be a temporary fix.
Further signaling the death of the once-ubiquitous MP3, Amazon warns that you won't be able to download or stream any tracks you've uploaded to Music Storage by this time next year. It's probably a safe bet to make sure you've saved any MP3s uploaded there in separate storage by January 2019.
“Amazon Music is retiring the Music Storage service,” the company said in an email to users, “which allows customers to upload and store up to 250 songs in a personal cloud library.” Without proactively saving your stash, your uploaded songs will be “removed from your library on April 30, 2018.”
Amazon maintains that regular Amazon Music digital purchases will still be securely stored for playback and download, saying that no action is required to retain those purchases. Further, the changes are said not to “impact your ability to stream Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited.”
Do you use Amazon's Music's Music Storage service? Do you have upwards of 250 saved MP3s waiting online to be deleted? It might be time to check it out.
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