Amazon's Prime Music

Amazon has unveiled a music streaming service, dubbed Prime Music, that will be offered for free to all existing Amazon Prime subscribers. Amazon mentions that consumers can choose from over 1 million songs from the catalog at launch, and is also offering a 30-day fee trail for non-Prime members to check out the service.

Unlike Apple's iTunes Radio, Prime Music will be offered for free to anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription (which costs a$99 a year), and does not feature any ads. Instead of individual tracks, the focus will be on playlists, with Amazon stating that there are currently hundreds of "expertly programmed" playlists to choose from.

The service also allows you to download unlimited music offline, with no restriction as far as offline playback is concerned. Offline music will be stored to Amazon's Cloud Player, which makes downloaded music accessible across all Kindle Fire, iOS, Android and Mac/PC devices.

Although the Android app for Prime Music is not yet available, Amazon should be announcing it sooner rather than later. By launching a music streaming service, Amazon is trying to lure in consumers to use more and more of its own ecosystem. The retailer already offers a dedicated Appstore for its Kindle line of e-readers and tablets, and Prime subscribers can enjoy unlimited video streaming and access to over 500,000 ebooks. On the hardware side of things, Amazon is rumored to launch its first smartphone next week at an event in Seattle.

Are you excited about the service? Would you be interested in subscribing to Amazon Prime (if you haven't already) to take advantage of Prime Music? Let us know below.

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S_C_B says:

I'm a Prime member, and I'll give it a try. I don't expect much, but I might be surprised. Google Play Music is pretty good.

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frettfreak says:

I am in the same boat. Google play pretty much fulfills my needs perfectly (except that damn music streaming error!) but i am a prime member and will give it a shot. Only a million songs though... its REALLY not that many. HOWEVER, as long as they have the ones you want to listen to, i guess it doesnt matter.

Grahaman27 says:

Same. BTW clear your Google music cache, that fixed the issue for a friend of mine.

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misaacs6516 says:

I get that same error, it drives me crazy. What phone\carrier are you using? I am LG G2\T-mobile

ncfanboy says:

Prime member here I'll certainly give it a try but I think that it will be really hard to beat Google music always nice to have more options though I really want amazon to release an app for Android for Amazon prime instant videos!! get on that Amazon!!!

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dcstuntman says:

+1 needing prime instant videos. Since the price hike, Amazon really needs to do things like this to keep me from cancelling.

kinster02 says:

Prime member also and I'll give it a try once the Android app is released until then it's GPMAA.
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Adam Bizzy says:

App already available. Amazon mp3. Being rebranded as Amazon Music.

Jimmy_Jo#AC says:

Have you confirmed that Amazon Prime Music is available? Can you play songs you haven't bought?

kreinartz83 says:

Yes. I have confirmed that prime music is working on the mp3 app... So fast I like Google play music better... But prime might win out... Too many other benefits for price

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tiredad says:

That looks so tempting. I'm not a Prime subscriber but have been very tempted and this just add more temptation as i could drop my Spotify subscription. The problem is that i'm getting really uncomfortable with how much these ecosystems can suck you in - before you know it, it'll be the Hotel California. If we all go down these routes there will end up being just Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, and nobody else offering any of these services. That may be 5 competing ecosystems but if they crush all of the minoes then that'll be a 5 company cartel. Maybe the smaller, one service operators need to band together and create competing alliances e.g. pay for Spotify + Dropbox and get a discount on both.

tiredad says:

Sorry for getting all serious!

spock123 says:

I completely agree, that is my biggest fear as well.

TomW093 says:

No worries, I agree. It took a lot of effort and change when I left the Apple ecosystem, and I don't want it to be the same if I decide to leave Google's.

spock123 says:

Apple will buy Spotify (after they bought Beats as wel) - mark my words.
Then we do have a world with only 3 streaming services, and I honestly don't give much for Amazon's, cuz' it's only in the US which is a tiny market compared to the whole rest of the World.

It will be Google vs Apple again, and it's really uncomfortable.

metacuate says:

The US is a huge market.

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WestonCory says:

Only problem is Spotify doesn't want to be bought.

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What makes the OP so optimistic about a new Amazon Prime Music
app for Android?

It's been 1 year and 11 months 12 days since Amazon released the
Amazon Prime Instant Video app for the iPad(iOS).

As of today, Amazon still refuses to release the same app for Andoid.

Amazon may decide to do the same and withhold Prime Music app
for Android users.

S_C_B says:

If you click the source link from your Android phone then click Explore Prime Music, you'll be prompted to install the app on your phone. That is, if you're a prime member. :-)
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tcmeiss says:

It just took me to the Google Play page for the Amazon MP3 app (which I already have installed)...

rlbrooks says:

Yes, and there was an update. After I installed, the prime service started. It's really not bad so far.

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tcmeiss says:

Hmm... I didn't get prompted to update it... :(

rlbrooks says:

Are you in the US?

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tcmeiss says:

Yes, and about an hour after I posted that comment I got the update from Google. Just didn't get back here to post about it. They actually expect me to work at this place. Can you imagine the nerve? /sarcasm

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Roman Kunkel says:

I'm also a Prime User, but in germany...in germany the service isn't yet launched :(
it is always a better to have such a service. I hope there will be much content to force against spotify, napster or beats music.

US only...

Cancelled my UK Prime account, fed up of being treated like a 2nd class citizen by Amazon, regards to this, and their intentional witholding of Android Prime Video...

As soon as Google launch All Access Movies, i'll ge all over it, Amazon can go screw themselves.,

glazedfaith says:

You don't understand the concept of media distribution rights. Why would they intentionally withhold something that would make their service more valuable, if it wouldn't cost them out the ass in licensing fees?

metacuate says:

Obviously they only care about us Americans.

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Tomer Elias says:

If this can compete with Google play Music and offer chormecast support as well then its a great deal. Play Music is between $96-$120 a year, so a prime membership can definitely be a better option.

luke31 says:

I just checked it out, and I'm not impressed. Play Music All Access offers new releases to be streamed. This service is more like Prime Videos, where you get to stream certain songs only. Unless I'm doing it wrong?

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HunterKen7 says:

Come on Amazon, release that video app for android!

Adam Bizzy says:

App already available. Amazon mp3. Being rebranded as Amazon Music

HunterKen7 says:

Check my post again. =) I'm begging for the video app!

They aren't going to do that. They want you to get a Kindle

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robnhl says:

Sounds a lot like Nokia Mix Radio. I just don't know if there is really room/need for another music streaming service.

metacuate says:

Free is free. Hard for other services to compete with free.

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roninksb says:

Part of an existing subscription service is not free. $99 a year is not free.

decko5 says:

The inability to play individual songs kills it for me. Google play music it is.

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My thoughts exactly. If I wanted to listen to the radio, I'd listen to the radio. If I want to listen to specific songs I don't already have, that's what I'd use a streaming service like this for.

thejesse says:

Who said you can't play individual songs? That is incorrect.

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glazedfaith says:

You are sorely mistaken. There are curated playlists, which is a nice idea, but you can also add any included song, playlist, or album to your Amazon Music Library, where you can play any included song as often as you wish, fully on demand.

TomW093 says:

For those that have the app installed already, how is it compared to the Play Music app? Not in terms of the actual service (ex. variety of songs), but the app itself (shuffle algorithms, rate of force closes, etc.). Google really needs to work on the Play Music app.

rlbrooks says:

Look and feel is almost identical to GP, except with a darker amazon theme. It's actually nice how it identifies what is added to your library from Prime with A Prime logo.

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yozick says:

Im a Prime member and installed the Amazon MP3 app just now. Opened it up and it asked me if I wanted to use the Prime music service. 3 clicks after signing in and I am streaming a classic rock playlist. I must say I am pretty happy they continue to add things for Prime members. The music quality sounds on par. The mix of different music showed a bias to stuff I had bought via Amazon already which isnt bad. Ill continue streaming over my phone today and see how it goes. Ill watch the data usage and service vs the assortment of different types of music/bands.

edit: I tried playing individual songs. It worked like I was just pulling them out of my library. So it does work.

yozick says:

OK so after 2 hours of listing to the Classic Rock Playlist. The music selection is pretty good. Still random no repeat songs.
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David Nurbin says:

There is an Android Prime video player, but it is only on Kindle Fire devices, and baked in...

rlbrooks says:

And available in the play store for Google TV.

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teejay69 says:

I'll give it a whirl! Amazon already gives us free ripping so why not!

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wessock says:

Just downloaded the Amazon Mp3 app. Gave me some message that because I have the UK English selected (sounds better on Google Nav and other Text-to-Speech things) it says that I'm British and forces the UK version on me, no choice for music streaming. Forget the fact that I have a US prime account, have things shipped to my US residence at lease weekly, and my phone on my US carrier with a US phone number and a gps lock in the US is using my US wifi. No, because I have a different English selected, I'm British.

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thamenacing1 says:

For All who have the app and it is not working, I went in and signed out of the app. As soon as I did, the update kicked in on Google play and now the prime music is working. Not sure if it was coincidence or what, but worth a try...

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bhatech says:

Nice... I love prime and this is just added benefit.

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MrJazz says:

fee trail?

sfay93 says:

The app just updated on Google Play. It is now Amazon Music. I was having issues with it not working after updating Amazon MP3 and went back into Play. Viola! There is was.

AZDroid says:

I'll give it a try to see how good the streaming is. As far as content goes, looks like Google Play All Access definitely wins with more available content. I did look on Amazon Prime for a couple newly released albums that aren't available in Google all access and Amazon Prime didn't have them either. I could buy from both, but not stream with my paid subscriptions. I was hoping maybe Amazon had some license agreements that Google lacked and they could fill in the gaps for each other.

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Clak says:

So this is exactly like prime video. Not all music is available for streaming. It will show in search results, but you have to buy the song. I did a search for Iron Maiden after remembering when they were removed from Google Play Music, no streaming available from Amazon. So yeah, don't think I'll be using this any time soon.

AZDroid says:

I wonder if they will do an update for the 1st gen Kindle Fire to enable Prime Music, as of this moment it's not available.

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tech_head says:

I'll use it. I already have Prime.

ahutchga1972 says:

I like it so far.

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jlczl says:

Pure awesome. Amazon has just saved me $120 a year as I'll be cancelling my Spotify subscription immediately. No doubt I will not be cancelling my Prime membership as I had initially believed I would when they announced the price increase. To top it all off the app has a very nice UI.

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GadgetGator says:

1 million songs is mighty small especially when you consider that I like obscure 80's and current yet still obscure DJ club music. Doesn't sound like this is for me..at least not yet.

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jtc276 says:

Yeah but if you have a Prime membership already, you can just continue to use whatever service you currently do and check out Amazon's every now and then. I'm currently not satisfied with their music selection, but I like the app well enough to think that, when it matches the competition, I'll be interested in using it full time.

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headhoncho89 says:

Let me tell you something..Amazon has really outdone itself of late. I was a pure Google guy for a long time, now they have converted me to use their ecosystem as well as Google's. I have the Fire TV and recently purchased a Prime membership and could not be happier. Great job Amazon. Now lets see what their phone is like. However, it is going to be hard to pull me away from my G2 at least until I can JUMP to the G3 in about 6 months.

jtc276 says:

Wow. So far I'm surprised by the fact that, like Google Music and unlike any other subscription music player, it automatically reads the music on your device. I haven't explored the interface too deeply yet, but that's already a huge plus for me. Not canceling my GPMAA just yet, though.

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Impulses says:

Their MP3 store / app has done that for years, like literally years... I still prefer buying my music rather than paying a monthly fee to stream, and I happen to buy it from Amazon rather than Google because they were available first in Puerto Rico (I'm actually not even sure if Google Play Music is available here yet, works on phones cause of how carriers route connections but it might still not work on broadband).

Point is I've been buying from Amazon for a while, I prefer the Google Music Player but I often use the Amazon one for the "recently added" and "recently bought" auto playlist, with the side benefit that I can leave my other player on whatever playlist it was (driving playlist for instance). Amazon's matching service and $25/yr plan for 50GB + unlimited music storage (for uploads, I had quite a few ripped discs) are quite nice too.

I'm using Prime but with a student discount so probably not getting the free streaming.

jhilker says:

As long as Amazon insists on downloading songs to the phone instead of the SD card (as Google Play Music does), I'll be sticking with Google Play for my subscription.

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jsabo says:

Well, the first thing it recommended on playlists for me was "Nickelback's Top Songs," so I guess I'll be uninstalling the app, unsubscribing from Prime, and destroying my phone.

ahutchga1972 says:

+1

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jsabo says:

On a more serious note, this looks pretty sweet for adding music I don't already own to my library, but the 50-deep playlists seem like a poor substitute for the radio channels of Pandora and Spotify. And given that I'll likely never give up my Prime subscription, I have less worry about putting in time building up a library and creating playlists through this than I would with something like Spotify.

This is definitely worth spending some time exploring.

crxssi says:

I am not Prime and looked at the site and can't see any way to sign up for a free trial. I am just offered the $99/year option. Perhaps because I used a Prime trial several months ago? Hmm

jhilker says:

I think you're right. The free trial is only available once.

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Impulses says:

Maybe these days, I had like three trials over the last few years... It used to reset after a year or whatnot. I signed up for Amazon student eventually, less perks but I've got a couple more years of free shipping for half the yearly rate.

rap1 says:

Just recently was gifted an Amazon Prime account and have been enjoying the video on the TV and the PC even without Android app. I'm not a big music person and wouldn't pay for a subscription but I will definitely be checking this out. I wonder if they will add it to their Samsung Smart TV app. Other members of my family would definitely like that.

ogman says:

30 day fee trail?