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Amazon Prime Music Is Here And It Underwhelms, But Not In A Bad Way

Prime-playlistsAmazon's new Prime Music is here, a streaming service that's "free" to Amazon Prime subscribers only. If you're wondering if Spotify users will switch over then you're on the wrong track. Having watched Amazon grow what's now called Amazon Prime Video I know that what we're seeing today is just the beginning and that Amazon's focus is on the long-term. It's a bigger play than killing Spotify because it's one small piece of a much bigger empire.

Amazon Prime Music: The Basics

Amazon's Prime Music is now available for Amazon Prime subscribers (free 30 day trial, $99 annual fee). Subscribers get "unlimited, ad-free streaming of over a million songs and hundreds of playlists."

The music is a mix of new and old though it's claimed that they don't have anything released in the last 6 months which looks to be true. The overall feel is predominantly older, especially the playlists, but there are current major releases as well.

Amazon Music's iOS app has already been updated with the Android app to follow one assumes.

View of an Amazon Prime Member

I subscribed to Amazon Prime for delivery services. I didn't ask for streaming videos, checkout ebooks or streaming music. It's weird to have a new "free" service introduced as they're hiking the price by $20.

Yet being an Amazon Prime subscriber allowed me to track the progress of their streaming video platform and they've come a long ways in terms of both tech and content. I've dropped my Netflix streaming service for enough months here and there due to new content on Amazon, especially tv series, that I've already covered the price hike.

So Amazon's Prime Instant Video has grown on me. Perhaps knowing that I can legally stream specific albums without ads and without having to sign up for anything else will cause me to revisit some music from my youth. And that's just one example of how Amazon can suck a consumer deeper into their world.

The Bigger Picture

Amazon Prime is a limited offering designed to set the stage for long-term development by Amazon which can gradually grow this thing regardless of what any competitor does, many of whom will be dead before decade's end while Amazon will just be getting started.

Always remember: Amazon's plan is to own as much of the retail, subscription and related pies as possible and they're willing to take years to do it. As with Google, we're at the beginning of a major narrative that dwarfs an industry sector like streaming music.


Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (@fluxresearch) also blogs at DanceLand. Send news about music tech startups and services, DIY music biz and music marketing to: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.

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  1. After buying my last perfectly useless object based on obviously falsified reviews, getting moldy food full of bugs, being massive over charging for “add on items” Amazon now thinks that their worthless impossible to use music service will make up a kitchen full of weevils? Adding a bunch of songs won’t make their rice quit flying away when you open it, temperature control in the warehouses will.

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