Amazon’s Prime service already offers two-day shipping, free e-books and applications as well as the streaming of videos. Now, it appears, that they are diving into the music side of things with the launch of Amazon Prime Music.
Prime Music launched on Thursday with more than 1 million songs gathered from the catalogs of Warner Music Group and Sony Music, as well as various independent music labels. No tracks from the world’s largest music company, Universal, are available for streaming. In comparison, Apple Beats Music and Spotfiy, Amazon’s two biggest music-streaming competitors, feature track catalogs of more than 20 million songs.
“A lot of these services have more music than people will ever listen to,” Steve Boom, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide digital music, said in an interview. “People are paying for a lot of music they’re never going to listen to.”
Prime Music won’t include a lot of tracks immediately after release. Though some will be available right away, most will be added after a delay of no more than six months. Both Spotifiy and Beats get the newest tracks almost instantly.
The new music service from Amazon will be ad-free, and will be available as an over-the-air update to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX devices. You can also get the service through the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android. Desktop clients on Windows and Mac machines also have access to the service.
Amazon’s Prime service currently costs $99 per year, and comes with all of the aforementioned features from the beginning of the article.