How to Defeat the Amazon Cloud Player (updated September 2013)

screenshot of Amazon Cloud player with user agent switcher activity going on

So I logged into my Amazon Cloud Player for some reason and noticed that they had AutoRipped a bunch of my previous CD purchases.

I wasn’t horribly psyched about the AutoRip program when I heard about it because I had already ripped most of the things I had bought from Amazon over the years, but I noticed a Motown box set in my account that I had bought for my mom a while back. Since it was a gift for someone else, I had never ripped it.

Most Linux users know the Amazon Cloud Player is insufferable with Linux, only allowing users to download one song at a time. Given the box set was well over a hundred songs, I decided to figure out a workaround.

It turned out to not be a huge deal. This post showed me the steps, which were:

  1. Use an agent switcher to convince Amazon you’re on Windows.

    September 2013 update: I found that using Firefox 16 on Windows 8 as my user agent prevents Amazon from forcing me to use their proprietary downloader and gives me the .amz file. You might want to play with this variable if you can’t get Amazon to surrender the .amz. There’s a nice list of user agents here.

  2. Click through to convince Amazon you have their downloader installed.
  3. Download the Amazon .amz file.
  4. Use the wonderful clamz to do the rest.

On the one hand, it’s kind of crazy that it takes that many steps to download music I own. But on the other hand, now that I know the process and have the user agent switcher installed, I’m all set to go.

So any Linux users who have bought CDs from Amazon should feel free to check the Cloud Player, confident they can easily download their songs. It’s really not that big a deal to convince Amazon that Linux users can download more than one song at a time.