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Amazon launches free 'Prime Music' streaming service for Prime members

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Amazon on Thursday threw its hat into the streaming music service game with Prime Music, a "free" value-added service that touts access to more than one million songs for paying Amazon Prime members.



A mix between existing free services like Pandora and for-pay options like the Apple-owned Beats Music, Amazon's solution takes a middle-of-the-road approach by focusing on ad-free playback, loosely curated playlists and manual track searching.

Playlists range from 20 to 30 songs, are curated by "Amazon's Music Experts" and come with titles like "Pop to Make You Feel Better," "Boss, Not Bossy" and "Bedford Ave. Hipster Hits." More generic collections include hits from popular bands and artists, while single tracks can be found by searching the Prime Music library.

Users can add to a Prime Music library, which is accessible on Macs and PCs via Amazon's CloudPlayer, while smartphone playback is handled by the Amazon Music app.

At the moment, it appears as though Prime Music's social element ends at playlist reviews -- none were available at the time of this writing since the service just launched -- though there is an option in the Web player to broadcast the currently playing song to your Facebook friends.

Finally, the trial version of Prime Music pulled in 47 songs from our personal library using AutoRip, the Amazon equivalent of iTunes Match. It is unclear how Amazon gained access to the list as the songs were purchased through iTunes in 1999 and we gave no permission for a system scan.

In any case, Prime Music's Web view and overall aesthetic is more in line with Amazon's other value added services like Prime Instant Video than a polished standalone offering. Searches are conducted through Amazon's usual search bar and available music is displayed in an identical manner to Amazon's Digital Music Store.

Amazon Prime Music is available now for Prime subscribers who pay an annual rate of over $79. The company is offering a free 30-day trial -- actually a promotional Prime membership -- that automatically converts into a $99 per year annual fee at the end of the period. For now, Prime Music is limited to the U.S.
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“Free for paid,” huh. :rolleyes:

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Just like the iWork apps are "free" to anyone who bought a >$500 Computer, right?

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Originally Posted by Crowley View Post
Just like the iWork apps are "free" to anyone who bought a >$500 Computer, right?


I don’t recall paying for my Mac in perpetuity even if I don’t use it.

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You do that with Amazon Prime? That's pretty stupid, why don't you cancel it?

Plus, you don't get your money back if you stop using your Mac for a month either, so it's a pretty moot attempt at a point.

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US only or just slow to roll out in the UK?

I'm a Prime subscriber and I've downloaded the updated "Amazon Music" app ("Amazon Cloud Player" as was) but I can only see stuff I've bought?
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Please consider in your news the fact that some of your readers are living outside of the US. As one reader from the UK has already mentioned the service is not available in the UK, the same is true for Germany.
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Let's hope it goes better than the Prime Instant streaming TV service in UK, on launch Amazon claimed it would work on smart TVs that Amazon actually knew it didn't work on (as I found after much complaint and email exchanging with the support people) - 2014 models, not ancient ones

 

Months later, it's still not working

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Finally, the trial version of Prime Music pulled in 47 songs from our personal library using AutoRip, the Amazon equivalent of iTunes Match. It is unclear how Amazon gained access to the list as the songs were purchased through iTunes in 1999 and we gave no permission for a system scan.

 

iTunes in 1999?  AI must've gone back in time before the iTunes store was created...</s>     

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Anyone get this to work yet? I sign in and see nothing. Just a message telling me to he to the website and sign up. All other prone services work fine
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Is Apple ever going to wake up and make android/windows apps of facetime / imessage / iradio / maps / iworks/ itunes/ ibook ...
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Is Apple ever going to wake up and make android/windows apps of facetime / imessage / iradio / maps / iworks/ itunes/ ibook ...

Apple is wide awake and realizes your scenario is pointless. It doesn't help Apple at all.
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DOJ: we support Amazon's service and are investigating Apple's paid service.
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Anyone get this to work yet? I sign in and see nothing. Just a message telling me to he to the website and sign up. All other prone services work fine

 

I did...and my iPhone got really buggy after that and when I tried to relocate the icon it refused to let me sort it how I wanted.  It's been deleted.

 

As for their selection...meh...for the most part it sucks and I don't see a lot of positive non-biased (ie. unpaid by Amazon) reviews coming down the pike.

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Just like the iWork apps are "free" to anyone who bought a >$500 Computer, right?

 

theres nothing wrong w/ that statement. iWork wasnt one of the bulleted features on any apple device....and it has a retail price. to get it included is indeed getting it free, regardless of the fact that you spent money on the hardware.

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Please consider in your news the fact that some of your readers are living outside of the US. As one reader from the UK has already mentioned the service is not available in the UK, the same is true for Germany.

 

and parts of africa dont have electricity...so? does that make the story any less true or relevant? nope.

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Is Apple ever going to wake up and make android/windows apps of facetime / imessage / iradio / maps / iworks/ itunes/ ibook ...

 

"wake up" ? no. these software features are designed as features of the apple ecosystem, to drive sales of...wait for it...apple hardware. wow, crazy, huh?

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theres nothing wrong w/ that statement. iWork wasnt one of the bulleted features on any apple device....and it has a retail price. to get it included is indeed getting it free, regardless of the fact that you spent money on the hardware.

I don't disagree.  But the same applies to this Amazon service.  People who already signed up for Prime are getting it free as an addition to their service.

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Sounds like the same catalogue that Pandora uses.
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Just tried the Amazon app again and while the radio stuff is cool, there's still no gapless playback in any facet, not even albums you've downloaded from library. I'm shocked at how a rudimentary feature like that continues to be non-existent. I listen to many concerts and love Pink Floyd which makes this unusable for me. iTunes is still where it's at imo.
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Anyone get this to work yet? I sign in and see nothing. Just a message telling me to he to the website and sign up. All other prone services work fine

 

 

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I did...and my iPhone got really buggy after that and when I tried to relocate the icon it refused to let me sort it how I wanted.  It's been deleted.

 

As for their selection...meh...for the most part it sucks and I don't see a lot of positive non-biased (ie. unpaid by Amazon) reviews coming down the pike.

 

 

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Just tried the Amazon app again and while the radio stuff is cool, there's still no gapless playback in any facet, not even albums you've downloaded from library. I'm shocked at how a rudimentary feature like that continues to be non-existent. I listen to many concerts and love Pink Floyd which makes this unusable for me. iTunes is still where it's at imo.

 

Is Amazon now the Apple Maps of streaming music services?  Give it time, it's a new product, etc, etc.

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Is Amazon now the Apple Maps of streaming music services?  Give it time, it's a new product, etc, etc.

HA!

 

Actually got it to work. signed out and back in to the site on my Mac. fiddled with some links on the Amazon Music web page, then deleted the app from my iPhone, redownloaded, signed out, back in, refreshed, and finally got there.

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I wonder if anyone will create a Roku channel for this service or perhaps apps for Smart TV's & even Apple TV?
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Originally Posted by herbapou View Post
Is Apple ever going to wake up and make android/windows apps of facetime / imessage / iradio / maps / iworks/ itunes/ ibook ...

 

They’re smart enough to stay asleep.

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Is Apple ever going to wake up and make android/windows apps of facetime / imessage / iradio / maps / iworks/ itunes/ ibook ...

 

LOL WUT???

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Message to Appleinsider:

a service to a paying customer is not "free"

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Is Amazon now the Apple Maps of streaming music services?  Give it time, it's a new product, etc, etc.

It's actually been out since 2011.  Was previously called the Amazon Cloud Player.  

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Apple is wide awake and realizes your scenario is pointless. It doesn't help Apple at all.

Are you sure about that?  Maybe you should do research and discover how iTunes on Windows helped Apple and the iPod, and the rest is history.

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Originally Posted by hillstones View Post
Maybe you should do research and discover how iTunes on Windows helped Apple and the iPod, and the rest is history.

 

In no way is this scenario like that at all. You’re right, though; it IS history. Meaning the situation has changed entirely.

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Message to Appleinsider:

a service to a paying customer is not "free"

It is free for Prime members, which means we do not have to pay an additional fee to use it.  It is an added benefit to being a Prime member.  If you don't like it, no one is forcing you to be an Amazon Prime member.

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It's actually been out since 2011.  Was previously called the Amazon Cloud Player.  

Cloud Player doesn't play what Amazon announced today. It only does what I have purchased from Amazon, and what I have locally.  If there's an update then it's not yet available though the app (I checked).

 

Amazon's site says that it is available for Macs (and Windows etc) but does not explain how.

 

[just went back and checked again]

 

Hhmm. Amazon auto-updated "Amazon Cloud Player" to "Amazon Music" even though I had not requested auto-updtae. Bad bad.

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Are you sure about that?  Maybe you should do research and discover how iTunes on Windows helped Apple and the iPod, and the rest is history.

iTunes for windows help sell iPods. What to any of these relatively new services help Apple sell?
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Is Apple ever going to wake up and make android/windows apps of facetime / imessage / iradio / maps / iworks/ itunes/ ibook ...
Only facetime and imessage will have a chance. Everything else would seem like a novelty app. I.E. apple is not own for maps Google is, apple is not know music streaming Pandora is, same thing for all of the other apps.
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