Amazon opens a streaming music service focused on the hits

Amazon logoAmazon announced Thursday that it's entering the streaming music market with Prime Music, an ad-free interface for playing the company's catalog of songs. Prime Music will be an added, free perk for Amazon Prime memberships, which are priced at $99 per year.

Prime Music comes with many restrictions compared to competitors like Spotify and Rdio. The Guardian notes that while Spotify maintains a catalog of over 30 million songs, the body of music available through Prime clocks in at a mere "over a million" songs. Amazon has organized those songs into a number of "Prime playlists" featuring subjects like "For Reading: Epic Fantasy," "Lamb of God's Top Songs [Explicit]," "Pop for a Picnic," and "Chemically-Altered Country."

Amazon opens a streaming music service focused on the hits

The New York Times stated earlier this week that Amazon's streaming service would focus on proven hits, as opposed to new releases. Only Sony Music and Warner Music have signed on with the service, reports the Guardian, while Universal Music Group is still absent.

Amazon has not shown any intention to offer Prime Music as a standalone service; for now, it's only available bundled with Prime, which also includes free two-day shipping and streaming videos. Prime Music is available in the US starting today.

Source: Ars Technica

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