Amazon has announced the launch of its Prime Music streaming service, with access to “over a million songs and hundreds of playlists.” This all sounds a bit vague, but it looks as though the catalog only offers songs more than six months old; and not many at that. One million is a small fraction of what’s available on the iTunes Store (some 30 million), but it will be interesting to see how this plays out. It’s unlikely that anyone will subscribe to Amazon Prime just for the music. But as part of a broader offering, including expedited shipping, video streaming and a Kindle lending library, this is the kind of thing that will keep Prime subscribers renewing their subscriptions.
It’s not available in the UK, so I won’t be able to try it out. So if you have Amazon Prime in the US, feel free to post some comments about how it works for you.