I almost cannot believe what Amazon announced recently.
Say good-bye to Pandora, iTunes Radio, Spotify and Google Play, and say hello to Prime Music.
Prime Music is an ad-free, music listening service for Amazon Prime members. If you are already an Amazon Prime member, this is an amazing addition to an already value-filled service.
What is Amazon Prime Music? Like it’s competition, it is user-selected streaming music, sometimes called “internet radio.” From your computer or your mobile device, you select music from playlists, genres, artists, albums or songs that you want to hear by adding them to your Prime Music Library.
Then, whenever you have an internet connection you can play the music on your computer or mobile devices.
Here is the amazing part of Prime Music. You can download for free any or all of the music to your mobile devices that you add to your Library! You do not have to stream the music with an internet connection. It works just like your iTunes playlists except that you don’t have to buy the songs anymore.
If you are already an Amazon Prime member, you were just given a million-plus songs.
If you are not yet an Amazon Prime member, you can start a 30-day free trial, after which you will pay $99 a year for free two-day shipping, movies, TV shows and now music. It is a great value.
There are some drawbacks to Prime Music.
- Compared to the other streaming music services, they have a very small library. A Buzzfeed article suggested that only songs that have been out at least six months will be eligible. Likewise, the Prime Music library does not have as many artists represented as other services.
- Prime Music is not as good for music discovery. For instance, Pandora lets you input the genre or artist you’re in the mood for, and then plays similar songs for you. With Amazon, you pick a playlist and see all the songs within that playlist.
- You can only stream music from one device at a time. If you and a family member share the same Amazon Prime account, only one computer can stream music at any time. If you’ve downloaded music to your smartphone or tablet, you can play from those devices at the same time as a streaming computer.
To get started visit primemusic.com. Download the apps for your computers, smartphones, tablets and Kindle Fire. Select some playlists for your library or create your own and start playing!