Amazon’s Prime Music streaming service is now live and it gives Amazon Prime members free access to over a million songs along with hundreds of playlists. Starting today, Prime members can go to the Prime Music website or on the Amazon Music app and get unlimited/ad-free access to all of the songs the streaming service has to offer.
A million songs isn’t really much compared to a service like Spotify which has nearly twenty times that, but these million songs might be enough to get people hooked to the service. One big setback is that Amazon is still in talks with Universal Music Group to get top artists like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Jay-Z onto the service but those are just a few of the many artists that Prime Music doesn’t have yet. For me the Universal Music Group deal isn’t a deal breaker since I am currently not subscribed to any music streaming service and do have an Amazon Prime membership, it’s just great to hear that this service is included in the membership. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a 30 day free trial to try out the service beforehand.
There is no doubt people will use the service, what we don’t know is if Amazon is heading in a the path to compete with other services like Rdio and Spotify or if it just wants to get to people that have yet to jump on the music streaming bandwagon. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
The Amazon Music app comes as an update to the existing Amazon music player apps and it is in part of putting all of Amazon’s current music services under one app. The app is currently available on the App Store (iOS) and will be coming soon to Google Play (Android).