This Amazon Prime music review elaborates on the free streaming service available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Now it is also available as part of the monthly Amazon Prime Video subscription. We have looked closely at the Amazon prime music subscription and will reveal how it compares to competitors in terms of quality and choice.
Prime Music can be enjoyed as part of Amazon Prime yearly subscription – $99/year, or as part of Prime Video monthly membership – $8.99/month. There is no separate subscription for just the Prime music.
On mobile devices Prime music can be streamed via Android and iOS apps. On desktops and laptops, it can be streamed via the browser Web Player or a standalone player for Windows and Mac.
You can control Prime music through the Amazon Fire TV, with no need to install any additional apps. You can find the Music menu on the home page. Using the Fire TV voice remote you can search for albums, artists, playlists and individual songs.
The music selection is the main point of criticism when Amazon’s service is compared to other music streaming services. Deezer, Spotify and Apple Music each offer an impressive choice of more than 30 million songs. Each of the three offer a monthly subscription of £9.99 a month. For the fee, you get to enjoy nearly all big hits, in all major genres.
Amazon has a range of about a million songs. However, to be fair, Prime music is offered to Amazon Prime members at no added cost.
Although the selection is relatively small, you will find a wide range of various styles of music. Below is a small selection of current albums that can be streamed for free in the Prime music:
- SIA – This Is Acting
- Flo Rida – My House
- David Bowie – Black Star
- Taylor Swift – Red
- CRO – MTV Unplugged
Prime music includes the option to upload your own songs to your Amazon Music Library. These include tracks purchased from iTunes. Each prime customer can upload 250 tracks. If you run out of space, you can purchase more space if needed. Amazon Music supports the import, play, and download of your own and non DRM-protected music files in the following formats: .mp3, .m4a, .wma (Windows), .ogg, .wav, Apple Lossless (Mac OS), .aiff, and .flac.
You can use Prime music on up to 10 devices. Offline playback is available. You can download songs, albums, or playlists that you have added to your music library, onto your phones or tablets (up to a maximum of 4 devices).
The so-called “Prime Playlists” are divided by popularity and relevance. In the “Moods & Genres” tab you can choose between different genres. A selection of playlists tailored to the taste of the user will appears in the main menu of Prime Playlists. Based on your listening habits the service provides you with further suggestions in the “Recommended” section.
Numerous radio stations are available in the service, based on genres on artists. You can create your own radio station based on individual songs, albums, or artists. For an overview of the Prime music news, visit the “New to Prime” section.
The search function starts offering search suggestions as soon as you start typing the search words.
Amazon uses variable bit rate MP3s to achieve optimal audio quality and file size, aiming at an average bit rate of 256 kilobits per second. A 3-minute song usually takes up about 5MB of disk space. Concluding this Amazon Prime music review, I would like to state that the sound is well balanced and sufficiently loud.
Prime music advantages:
- No extra charge for the Amazon Prime customers;
- Possibility of offline listening;
- Good sound quality.
- Music selection is relatively small;
- No song lyrics available.