Amazon Brings Prime Music to Smartphones
Amazon today launched Prime Music, its own streaming music service. Prime Music is free to those who subscribe to Amazon Prime ($99/year), which also offers perks such as discounted shipping and Amazon Instant Video. Prime Music is limited to about one million songs, as Amazon hasn't signed all the major record labels. Spotify, Pandora, and Beats Music each offers more than 20 million tracks. Reuters reports Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and other smaller labels have signed up, but Amazon is still negotiating with Universal Music Group, which is the largest of the labels. Prime Music can be accessed through a web browser, and also via the Amazon MP3 application on both Android and iOS devices. Amazon updated both mobile apps today and added Prime Music, allowing Android and iPhone owners to stream music from Amazon Prime to their device. The apps allow smartphone owners to listen to full albums or playlists, both of which can be added to their online Amazon library of songs. The Amazon MP3 app for Android and iOS is free to download and use, but requires an Amazon Prime subscription to stream Prime Music tracks.
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