Amazon Launches 'Prime Music' Streaming Service with Access to Over One Million Songs

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon today officially launched its Prime Music streaming music service, offering Amazon Prime users unlimited, ad-free streaming on over a million songs. The service allows users to play specific curated playlists as well as the ability to add individual songs to a playlist, and offers unlimited offline playback for all songs available on the service.

    Amazon has also rebranded its Amazon Cloud Player iOS app as Amazon Music [Direct Link], offering a refined interface and allowing users to access songs on the service, with tools for managing a library and playlists. Like the web interface, Amazon also allows users to download music from Prime Music to a mobile device for offline listening.

    As previously reported, Amazon's music catalog appears to only include songs older than six months, likely to save the company on royalty costs. By comparison, other streaming music services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Beats Music all offer new releases to their subscribers. Apple's iTunes Radio also offers new releases to listeners, however the service is centered more around users discovering new music through stations as opposed to searching for individual songs.

    Amazon's Prime Music service also joins the company's Prime Instant Video offering, which allows access to a library of movie and TV shows. Currently, Amazon has 20 million paying Prime members that also receive free 2-day shipping on most items in addition to movie, music, and TV show access.

    Amazon Prime Music is available now as a free service to current Amazon Prime members, with Amazon charging $99 per year for new Prime members. A free 30-day trial to the service is also available on Amazon's website. The company is also expected to announce a smartphone with 3D capabilities next week Wednesday, June 18.

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  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
  3. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I'm not complaining. Prime is the best $49 a year I've ever spent.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2008
    This is a great deal for the casual listener. I just hope Amazon opens up and allows access to there entire ecosystem from more places.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2014
    Wonderful. Amazon raised the price of Prime $20 to give me a service I didn't want.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2012
    In the UK , Prime costs £79 ($133) and has no music streaming. I think they are deliberately trying to kill prime off in the UK
  7. macrumors 603


    Feb 11, 2008
    I bet we will have it shortly . I doubt amazon would kill its prime service In the uk given they just upgraded it.


    Good news for prime subscribers.

    The service just gets better and better.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2012
    They are definitely trying to kill off the delivery part of prime, otherwise they surely would give the option of delivery only without forcing people to take an instant film streaming (and or music in the future) that they may not want
  9. macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    And yet I always end up listening to the same songs in Repeat 1. :eek:
  10. macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2011
    Don't want it, don't use it... as difficult as that may be to understand.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009
    One Million Pop songs :mad: Dance/Electronic section is pretty weak I hope this is because it just got launched or else I am annoyed not one Sunlounger or Armin Van Buuren heck zip Chill Out albums.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    That doesn't make any sense to me. Bundling their services together like this is a very clever way to grow market share and get people to check out the Amazon eco-system. Prime delivery is still the most important part of Prime to most subscribers.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009

    Simple do not subscribe to it than and streaming is the future need to stop living in the past.
  14. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    woah its 25€ for students and reg 49€ here in Germany icl. instant video and one day free delivery
  15. macrumors 6502


    Nov 23, 2006
    [...] a free service [...] charging $99 per year.

  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    Norwich, UK
    You could get in the UK for £49 just as the streaming was being introduced. But after 12 months, it will be £79

    Maybe the same in Germany.
  17. macrumors member

    May 17, 2011
    I reckon they're doing it to pay for the services and to coerce suppliers, for example, they may be able to get older films/TV series to promote newer ones at a discount because of the large subscriber base.

    That said, I can see any further price rises without justifying it costing them customers as well, I know someone who wont be renewing their Prime because of the last UK price rise (they don't need it since they have Sky which they'd keep anyway).
  18. macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    Holy crap. My Amazon Prime subscription is turning into deal of the century. I was originally over the moon with the free next day deliveries, now I get all this extra stuff. Amazing...
  19. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Interesting addition. I'll take it, but shipping is my "prime" interest, and Amazon is cutting off more and more items all the time by classifying them as "add on".

    I think Amazon is becoming a Jack-Of-All-Trades, master of none. Or maybe the all you can eat buffet w/ nothing appetizing being served. Prime is feature rich but the content is very thin. Is streaming mostly backlist albums going to sell more Amazon devices (phones, Fire TVs, etc) ? I kind of think not.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jun 8, 2009
    I just don't get streaming services. How are they different than listening to the radio or to on-line radio? Or indeed how do they differ from the user-generated playlists that we used to see in iTunes? If I like a song I buy it. I don't want to rent songs.
  21. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    It's not "free" unless you are comped; i.e., don't pay an annual fee. Otherwise it's subsidized. Free is when you pay 0.
  22. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    This is where Apple is falling down, their embrace on selling songs has impeded to a large part that ability to set up a streaming service. I think Amazon has the edge with this and it keeps getting better.

    I haven't tried Amazon's, as I use Pandora.
  23. macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
  24. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    I don't think they're growing UK market share. Because of their recent changes, I've downgraded my lovefilm subscription, and reduced my purchases (so I can take advantage of free supersaver delivery).

    I'd guess their delivery cost base is higher in the UK, but this looks a bit like a reversal out of the market…
  25. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    no it used to be i think 29€ and they raised it to 49€ earlier this year to introduce video

    cuz with services like Spotify you have access to the whole library and can actually PICK a song to play instead of hoping for a song to play at some point on the radio and it helps me discover artists i would have never even heard of

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