The final product I helped launch for Amazon was the Cloud Player for Desktop, Mac and Windows (CPDesktop). I’m most proud of this product. It has a lot of quality built into it, although, I definitely wouldn’t call it perfect. It looks good, works well, and has a lot going for it as far as the codebase goes. This product gained a tremendous amount from the previous 3 efforts of Cloud Player Web, the Uploader, and the Importer and was built from a point of experience rather than experimentation like the other products. It also borrowed some things from a companion team (including stealing the engineers from that team), and is a quality product from the ground up.
CPDesktop primarily plays the music you have in the cloud and as well as on your computer. It can download the music you have in the cloud to your computer. You can also create and edit cloud and computer playlists to name some of the main features.
After v1 launch in the US only, it’s now lives in 7 different countries (US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, and JP). Lastly, we added a store for sampling and buying music right there. I didn’t work on the store of the product, but included screenshots of it anyway:
View with track details and opened sidebar
Grid view without sidebar
Showing an artist with a fancier header view
Some download action in the sidebar
Hey Mom, I can speak Japanese! (Language options let you change the language on the fly)
Search. This is actually v2 of the search UI. I actually liked v1 search display better, but we collapsed the tabs into 1 row (when it was previously 2 lines), and the v1 search UI didn’t work so well with the much improved, collapsed tab row.
These are from of the store portion.
Store front page
Store detail page