The iOS fan site iFan (and not Techcrunch, as so many have reported) this past Friday reported that Amazon quietly updated its web-based Cloud Player to work with the version of Safari found in iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), providing a minimum level of compatibility with those devices. This is a big deal, though of course a native client would be better, since the original shipping version of Cloud Player only provided a native Android client. (Even Windows users have to make do with a web client.)

Amazon has since updated the web client to work with iOS devices. While it isn’t quite as nice as an actual app, it provides nearly all of the functionality that you could ask for. Even the multitasking music controls work flawlessly. Sound quality is said to be “great,” and the only part of it that is a little buggy seems to be the scrubbing capability. Skeptical that Amazon is embracing Apple’s mobile devices? Notice the little blue “playing” icon in the status bar; music is definitely playing.


Read my review of Amazon Cloud Player (and Cloud Storage) for more information on this service.