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Amazon Prime Music has a library of one million songs

Just a few months ago, Amazon bumped the yearly fee for its Prime membership from $79 to $99. Ever since raising the price, Amazon has been doing its best to make its customers feel like they were still getting plenty of bang for their buck. First, Amazon added HBO’s library of original programming to its streaming video catalog, and it has now launched a streaming music service.
Amazon Prime Music allows you to stream over one million songs to your iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire device in addition to your desktop/notebook computer (looks like Windows Phone is left out yet again, and as for BlackBerry, well…). In addition unlimited and ad-free play, you can download any of the streaming songs to listen to while offline.

It should also be noted that the service is only available to those who cough up the $99 yearly price of admission for Prime -- there's won't be a "dumbed down," ad-supported version for non-Prime listeners.

But please do keep this in mind; Prime Music’s library is still woefully “inadequate” compared to competitors like Spotify (20+ million songs) or Xbox Music (30+ million songs). Also keep in mind that because of an ongoing disagreement between the two parties, artists signed with Universal Music Group are currently omitted from Prime Music. That means if you're a fan of a wide range of artists like Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, U2, Stevie Wonder, or even Elvis Costello, you won’t get any love from Prime Music... for now.

But since most tech heads are already paying for an Amazon Prime subscription anyway (which includes “free” expedited shipping, streaming TV shows/movies, and Kindle eBook lending), the small library size of Amazon Prime Music or lack of Universal Music Group artists likely won’t be seen as a hindrance.

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Tiers of prime?
By Milliamp on 6/12/2014 8:49:02 AM , Rating: 2
I've been a prime member since it was like $40 and while I use the video streaming service I'm wondering if it will eventually make sense to separate prime into different tiers as they keep expanding it to cover more things.

With that said it looks like they are combining it with Amazon MP3, Cloud Player, and stuff you pulled in with AutoRip will be available through it too so thats cool.

I looked for it on the store but it looks like the update is planned later today.

RE: Tiers of prime?
By Brandon Hill on 6/12/2014 8:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Tiers of prime?
By glowingghoul on 6/12/2014 8:56:59 AM , Rating: 2
Amazon Prime was $79 at its introduction in 2005. It was never $40.

RE: Tiers of prime?
By brshoemak on 6/12/2014 9:01:08 AM , Rating: 2
If he was a student at the time then Prime would have been $39. But yeah, for the rest of us the lowest was $79.

RE: Tiers of prime?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/12/2014 9:30:08 AM , Rating: 4
1. Sign up for a free web class at a community college.
2. Register for Amazon Prime Student using community college email address.
3. Get huge discount!

It worked for me :)

What is the value with such a tiny catalog?
By OoklaTheMok on 6/12/2014 11:38:34 AM , Rating: 2
What is the value of this service to customers when it only has 1 million songs, making it one of the very smallest music services out there. That is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the Microsoft and Apple music services.

By Dr of crap on 6/12/2014 12:25:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, just a million.

I mean I could listen all the way through it in like 20 years or something - geez!

RE: What is the value with such a tiny catalog?
By tayb on 6/12/2014 12:39:06 PM , Rating: 3
It's free to existing Prime users? And it has 1 million songs? And there are no ads?

And did I mention it's free to existing Prime users? Or that it has 1 million songs? Or that there are no ads?

But, I almost forgot. It's free to existing Prime users, has 1 million songs, and there are no ads.

By chripuck on 6/12/2014 1:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
And it does offline listening... yep, I can download any of those million songs and listen anytime, anywhere I want.

By nafhan on 6/12/2014 1:15:26 PM , Rating: 3
Cost to me:
MS streaming service: $10 / month
Apple streaming service: Ads + cost of an Apple device
Amazon: free (already paying for Prime)
Pandora: Ads

I might switch away from Pandora.

By Dug on 6/12/2014 12:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
I think the only way people would use this is if the quality was better than the competition. And even then it would be tough if it didn't include artists that you wanted.

RE: Quality
By V-Money on 6/12/2014 1:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
I think the thing that most critics of this service are missing is that its free for prime users. I'm already a prime user so I can guarantee that I will use it.

Also, if you haven't used it ever I remember when the free video streaming service came out. I used it a little bit here and there, nothing too special but it didn't hurt. Now I find myself using my prime video more than my netflix, so I imagine this will also become even better over time.

RE: Quality
By Moishe on 6/13/2014 10:07:45 AM , Rating: 2

It's not a large selling point, but if helps retain existing members and adds one more small thing to the Prime benefit list for potential new customers.

I'm a prime member and I think it's a great idea.

Shared Accounts
By MozeeToby on 6/12/2014 12:53:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yet another prime feature that doesn't play well with shared prime accounts. My wife and I have separate Amazon accounts, this service, and many others, are not accessible to anyone but the primary holder. It's a minor gripe maybe, but it's still very annoying.

RE: Shared Accounts
By nafhan on 6/12/2014 1:23:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. This is something they need to figure out. Netflix has done a much better job than Amazon in this regard.

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