Well, that didn’t take long. Just a couple of weeks after we first caught wind of an Amazon Prime music streaming service, that very program has officially gone live.
Prime Music is now official, offering Amazon Prime subscribers access to more than 1 million songs that can be streamed or downloaded for offline playback. The service is included with an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $99 per year, and has no ads or playback restrictions.
In addition to having a catalog of more than 1 million tracks, Prime Music also boasts Prime Playlists. These playlists are “expert-programmed” and can be based on a genre, an artist or just whatever you happen to be doing at a particular moment.
Prime Music is available on a variety of devices, including Android, iOS, the web, PC and Mac, Roku, Sonos and, of course, Amazon’s own Kindle Fire tablets. You can grab the Amazon Music app from the Google Play Store or App Store.
While Prime Music’s catalog of tracks pales in comparison to services like Spotify or Rdio, it makes up for that with the fact that it costs nothing extra for Prime members. Adding Prime Music to the 2-day shipping, Instant Video and other perks that are already included with Prime makes the $99 per year service even more enticing for folks that haven’t yet signed up.
Now that Prime Music is official, are any of you non-Prime folk thinking about signing up for a membership?