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Amazon launches lackluster streaming music service ahead of smartphone debut

Zach Epstein
June 12th, 2014 at 7:45 AM
Amazon Prime Music

If 3D effects and tilt controls weren’t enough to sell you on Amazon’s upcoming smartphone, perhaps a halfhearted streaming music service will do the trick. In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, Amazon quietly launched Prime Music, a streaming service that has been tumbling around the rumor mill for more than a year. Prime Music is a free add-on for Amazon Prime subscribers, though the recent Prime price increase likely had something to do with its imminent arrival.

With Prime Music, users can stream unlimited tracks from Amazon’s limited music catalog. According to the company’s website, Prime Music is currently home to 1 million songs. For comparison, Spotify, Beats Music and Rhapsody have music catalogs containing more than 20 million tracks each, and Microsoft’s Xbox Music service is home to more than 30 million songs.

Prime Music is available immediately for Prime subscribers. Those without Amazon Prime can try Prime Music free for 30 days.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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