We recently covered the expected launch of Amazon Prime’s music streaming service. The expected time of launch was June or July.
Expectation has become reality. Amazon Prime Music is now available in the U.S.
Prime members get immediate full-access to the service at no extra cost. Prime costs $99 a year and includes two day shipping, streaming movies and TV shows, and kindle e-book lending.
Prime music has over one million songs and tens of thousands of albums. This isn’t a whole lot compared to larger streaming services and their 20 million songs. However, it’s a huge value-add for Prime members, and may convince people who were considering Prime to join. There’s enough popular music to keep casual listeners happy.
Curated playlists are a hot commodity at the moment, with Beats’ acquisition and Google’s interest in Songza. Amazon has followed their lead with programmed Prime Playlists. There are currently 489 curated playlists, categorized by mood and genre.
Users can also create their own playlists. Songs can be queued to mobile devices for offline listening.
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