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…
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.
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.