Amazon launches ad-free Prime Music service

By , Jun 12, 2014

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As rumored, Amazon has launched a new streaming music service today, and it’s [unsurprisingly] calling it ‘Prime Music.’ The service features over a million songs and hundreds of pre-made playlists, and it’s free for paying subscribers of Amazon Prime.

Prime members have unlimited access to the service, and will be able to either play music from one of the aforementioned playlists, or create their own. It’s completely ad-free, and comes with standard affair like mobile clients and offline playback support…

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True to previous reports, the Prime Music catalog appears to only include songs older than 6 months. So when you look at that and the comparatively small size of the catalog, it’s clear that this is not a Spotify or Rdio competitor. But maybe it doesn’t need to be.

Prime Music joins Amazon’s exclusive Prime club that already includes free next-day shipping and access to a Netflix-like streaming video service. All of this can be had for just $99 per year, and it’s believed that there are currently around 20 million members.

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The iOS client for the service comes in the form of a rebranded Amazon Cloud Player app. It offers a clean UI, and several Prime Music features like the ability to download music for offline listening, and tools for managing your music library and custom playlists.

You can download the new Amazon Music app from the App Store for free, and it supports both iPhone and iPad. Again, you’ll need a Prime account to use the music service, but Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial via its website for folks who want to check it out.

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  • Jordan

    Amazon student accounts CANNOT use it. Soo dumb! Thank god for spotify, been with them since the beginning and there students price is great only 4.99 a month! Can’t beat that for unlimited music!

    • JulianZH

      I got prime student and it’s working fine.

      • Thanh

        Youtube

      • Jordan

        It must work for the paid student account, however I’m still on the free trial, so that’s probably why.

  • andyr354

    Selection is very thin in the metal genre. Couldn’t find any of my favorite artists.
    The web player also needs flash, WTF.
    I guess it is already there and not an extra charge for me as I am a subscriber, but doubt I use it much.
    Mobile client has no queueing ability, making playlists is a pita, and it is just really slow right now.

  • Nesly Lacroix

    As I am a Prime member, I gave it a test run. What strikes me the most is the sound quality. It is not 320 Kbps as opposed to Beats and Spotify. But besides of all the limitations, you can’t complain of the price. I will continue to use Beats.

  • Luke Arthur

    Sweet! I am looking forward to recording more music with my copy of Replay Media Catcher!

  • Gary32283

    why is amazon always 10 steps behind?

    • Gary32283

      because they are retail. nevermind

  • Adam Bowman

    I’m on a jailbroken device, and I can’t get the app to work. Anybody else having this problem? Anybody have a solution?

    • gittlopctbi

      Works for me on my jb 5.

  • gittlopctbi

    Yeah, selection is sparse, but there are some old greats in various genres in there. Hey, for us Prime members, it’s just another source for free media. Free is free.