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Amazon Announces "Prime Music"

Posted by: Blake Solomon (06/12/14)
Amazon has unveiled a new music streaming service, Prime Music, which is in a similar vein to Spotify and Rdio. Subscriptions are included for people who are already Prime subscribers, and it marks an interesting new turn in the website's popular service. What do you think? Will Amazon be able to break into the market in a meaningful way, or is it already too late to make an impact?
      
 
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08:59 AM on 06/12/14
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I'll stick with Spotify.
09:03 AM on 06/12/14
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I believe this wording in the above news post is a bit misleading:

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Subscriptions will be $99 for the year, and it marks an interesting new turn in the website's popular Prime service.


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No additional cost
With Prime Music, there is no cost. You can listen to the entire Prime Music for free – it’s included with your Amazon Prime membership.

The service is included in the cost of the normal Prime membership, which is $99 a year, but also includes free shipping on Amazon products as well as their Netflix/Hulu competitor Instant service.

That alone -- that there's already an existing user base in place -- is enough give this a foothold. Add in the other benefits you get with Prime and if, obviously it's a big if, they design the UI and UX right this could be massive.
09:03 AM on 06/12/14
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Not a bad addition to Prime.
09:04 AM on 06/12/14
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Only a crazy person would rule out Amazon as becoming a big player. Spotify leaves much to be desired at times. If they can get the back catalog as good as or better than Spotify then I see no reason why they couldn't do really well.
09:05 AM on 06/12/14
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And as people have said - with Amazon you're getting the other Prime benefits too.
09:07 AM on 06/12/14
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Pretty damn good. If the Amazon music player is as user friendly as Spotify, I may switch over. Although, I've paid for Prime the last five years or so anyway.
09:07 AM on 06/12/14
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Will it be included with amazon prime student?
09:08 AM on 06/12/14
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I'm a Prime user through and through and I actually hope this convinces me to stop using Rdio. That will never happen, though.
09:16 AM on 06/12/14
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I'm already a Prime subscriber and plan to try this out. If I like it, especially the mobile experience, it might convince me to drop my Spotify Premium subscription.
09:22 AM on 06/12/14
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I believe this wording in the above news post is a bit misleading:




From Amazon:


The service is included in the cost of the normal Prime membership, which is $99 a year, but also includes free shipping on Amazon products as well as their Netflix/Hulu competitor Instant service.

That alone -- that there's already an existing user base in place -- is enough give this a foothold. Add in the other benefits you get with Prime and if, obviously it's a big if, they design the UI and UX right this could be massive.
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09:32 AM on 06/12/14
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If the ability to actually cultivate a library is better than Spotify's "Save album and then download it", a way too lengthy process, I'll definitely switch. It's always irritated me that Spotify has no way of looking at your local files and "saving" them to your Spotify library.
09:32 AM on 06/12/14
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the iOS app is actually kinda interesting
09:34 AM on 06/12/14
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09:37 AM on 06/12/14
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Looks like availability is absolutely awful for the music covered on this site. Any label that puts out punk acts that's anywhere close to independent isn't covered except for Victory and they suck anyway. Hopeless, No Sleep, completely absent, let alone labels smaller than that.

Gotta try harder than this, Amazon.

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