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How Does Amazon’s New Music Service Stack Up To The Competition?

Amazon’s new music- streaming service, Prime Music, has officially launched. Available to Amazon Prime customers ...

How Does Amazon’s New Music Service Stack Up To The Competition?

Amazon’s new music- streaming service, Prime Music, has officially launched. Available to Amazon Prime customers only, the service includes a library of over a million songs as well as hundreds of playlists. Instead of being a stand-alone app, Prime Music is fully integrated into the user’s Amazon Prime account. Users can access it from Amazon’s homepage, under the music section on compatible Kindles, and as Amazon Music on Android- and iOS-enabled mobile devices.

 

So how does it stack up to the leading streaming music service?

 

Amazon Prime Music

  • Available in the US only

  • Over 1 million songs

  • No exclusive artists

  • Supports Amazon X-ray scrolling lyrics

  • Unlimited on-demand streaming for Amazon Prime subscribers (no free mode)

  • Offline playback for mobile devices

  • Newer songs not available

  • Additional purchase-only songs

  • No Universal Music artists yet (Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Kanye, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry)

 

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Spotify

  • Available practically all over the world

  • Over 20 million songs

  • Exclusive artists

  • Only additional native apps can find or display song lyrics

  • Free (ad supported) and pay (ad free) services

  • Offline playback for Premium accounts

  • Features today’s hits

 

While Amazon Prime Music doesn’t seem to stack up to Spotify or some of the other providers out there, it’s early days. Besides, if you live in the US and are already a Prime customer, it’s all gravy.

 

Other Options

Other Internet music providers include Rdio from the Scandinavian duo who also founded Skype and Kazaa; Pandora Internet Radio, which is available in the US, Australia, and New Zealand only; legally-embroiled Grooveshark; and Beats Music, currently being acquired by Apple.

 

Available in 60 countries, Rdio offers both a free streaming service with advertisements or an ad-free subscription. It also features the option to cache songs for offline playback on mobile devices. Pandora, on the other hand, recommends songs based on the user’s expressed tastes and feedback, and then provides the opportunity to buy the music from online retailers. Grooveshark, while offering widespread international service and a huge catalogue of songs, has been caught up in legal issues over copyright, resulting in removal from Facebook, Google Play (now restored), and Apple’s App Store. Finally, Beats Music is a personalised subscription service that is well-integrated with the music industry, but is so far available in the US only.

 

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