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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.

Source: Amazon

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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.

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