Thursday, 12 June 2014

Amazon Launches Streaming Music Services

Today, Amazon has launched a brand new streaming music service with over 1 million songs for their Prime subscribers. Titled Prime Music, the pay for stream service includes unlimited, ad-free listening and the ability for users to import from pre-existing music libraries to create their playlists. Like their competitors Spotify and Pandora, there are also curated playlists on Prime, which is already boasting millions of users (according to reports).
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Currently, Prime Music does not have a social component like Spotify’s option to link to Facebook (FB, Tech30). It also doesn’t come with a Spotify-like messaging feature, which allows listeners to share music with other users. Amazon’s streaming service does not offer personalized radio stations either, another Spotify perk.
Amazon’s streaming song library is also significantly smaller than Spotify’s 20 million plus.
The move to add music streaming is not unexpected. The $99-per-year Amazon Prime membership fee already included unlimited streaming service for movies and TV shows, in addition to benefits like free two-day shipping on purchases and an e-book borrowing service from the Kindle Lending Library.
At $9.99 per month, a Spotify subscription will leave a slightly larger dent in your wallet than Amazon’s Prime Music — and you won’t get that fuzzy bathrobe you ordered delivered to your doorstep for free.
via CNN
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