Music Business

Amazon Prime Music Turns 1 Year Old Today

image from[UPDATED] With "several million" in the U.S. listening to its 1 million tracks each month, Amazon Prime Music is a significant, if often overlooked, player in digital music. Today, the on-demand streaming service turns a year old.

amazon prime musicPrime Music is celebrating one year of delivering music to Amazon Prime subscribers. Prime Music offers a million songs, a thousand Playlists and hundreds of Stations to US Amazon Prime members at no additional cost.

Prime Music attracts several million Prime members each month for ad-free listening. Members can also download music to mobile devices for listening regardless of connection.

Some stats from Amazon Prime Music's first year. 

  • Several million Prime members listen to Prime Music every month, more than doubling since September 2014 
  • Total monthly Prime Music playback hours have more than tripled since September 2014
  • There are more than one thousand Prime Playlists, more than triple the number available this time last year—listeners can enjoy up to 50 tracks in each playlist which are curated by Amazon Music Experts and categorized based on mood and activity such as “Happy & Upbeat,” “Work, Study & Reading,” “Party & Entertainment,” “BBQ Playlists” or “Workout” or by artist, decade, top songs, and more 
  • Hundreds of Prime Stations have been added to Prime Music, giving listeners an ad-free internet radio service—the continuous stream of music can be paused, replayed, or skipped without any restriction 
  • Pop and Rock reign supreme as the top genres in Prime Music. Prime members also listen to nearly 50% more Country, 600% more Jazz and 1500% more Classical than the national average for streaming services. 
  • The current most-listened to song: “Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon 
  • The most-listened to album during its first week in Prime Music: Mumford & Sons—Wilder Mind
  • The most-listened to artists in “The Next,” Amazon’s program for developing artists: Big Data, Courtney Barnett and The Lone Bellow
  •  X-Ray Lyrics lets Prime Music customers seamlessly follow along to lyrics onscreen while songs are playing, 

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