Amazon Prime Music launches; 1M+ (mostly older) songs supported


Prime Music will provide ad-free, on-demand streaming to 1M+ songs to Amazon's (AMZN) Prime subs. Mobile streaming is included, as is an offline download option.

As expected, popular Universal Music acts aren't included, and neither are most current hits from other labels. TechCrunch observes only 1 of the top-10 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 is available.

In terms of size, Amazon's catalog is roughly on par with Pandora's (P), but much smaller than Spotify's 20M+. Amazon's primary goal, of course, is to keep its Prime sub base (reportedly now above 20M) happy, and to give others a fresh incentive to sign up for the $99/year service.

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  • manicdvln
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    That more than Pandora library of 800k, Pandora also doesn't allow offline caching and never will because of its licensing agreements and deeming itself as radio.

     

    For someone who already subscribed to Amazon Prime, this is very good deal.

     

    For 100$ a year, you getting free music, free movies/TV, free fast 2 day shipping and free ebooks.
    12 Jun 2014, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • Rex Kwon Do
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    "Mostly older songs"... This service will never get off the ground or even make an impact on pandora or spotify.
    12 Jun 2014, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • coloneldebugger
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    I agree. They're jumping into a flooded market for that service at the same time they're having a bunch of slap fights with publishers and movie studios.

     

    If they can't handle dealing with Hachette and Warner Bros how will they deal with the always reasonable and rational record industry?
    12 Jun 2014, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • Arnold Layne
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    ...as the article noted, it's mainly to keep current Prime customers happy - and we are. The Amazon Cloud player is already great.
    12 Jun 2014, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • baultar
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    Just tried it...Hey Amazon if your launching a new product maybe you should make sure it works before launching it. It takes about 2 mins for a song to start gets 30 seconds in then stops to load some more in this shape its does gonna do anything for them...
    12 Jun 2014, 10:24 AM Reply Like
  • dgulick
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    I couldn't get it to work either, but looking forward to old music and no Universal acts! Yeah, this is a threat to P! (LOL)

     

    ONE GENOME TO RULE THEM ALL!!!!!!
    12 Jun 2014, 10:44 AM Reply Like
  • Arnold Layne
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    I prefer 'old' music!
    12 Jun 2014, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • manicdvln
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    Amazon without Universal still has MORE SONGS in its library than Pandora.

     

    Pandora has 800k, Amazon over 1m.

     

    So laughing more at the sad state of Pandora after 12 years in lead in data radio and nothing to show for it.
    12 Jun 2014, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    Pandora is actually up to 1M now. But either way, sheer numbers matter less than a catalog's quality.

     

    http://bit.ly/1ir6e2Y
    12 Jun 2014, 12:41 PM Reply Like
  • dgulick
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    @Eric,
    Agreed on sheer numbers matter less, though what P's competitors have found out the hard way is that what matters even more is the playlist generator.
    12 Jun 2014, 01:25 PM Reply Like
  • AngleSideSide
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    Quality certainly matters, but Pandora's listening base will definitely feel some impact from another on-demand music service -- especially one that's free for 20M people.

     

    Even if the music/app quality isn't there, it gets people to try an on-demand service and realize how much they like it compared to a radio-style ad-driven model like P.
    12 Jun 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • dgulick
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    Maybe. But even Spotify bought Echo Nest to improve their playlists because they are having difficulty competing with Pandora (Spotify has less US subs even though P's subscription service isn't their primary business, only 4% of users).

     

    Also, it's too easy to just use YouTube for free on-demand. Amazon's music service will prove to be a poorly conceived flop.
    12 Jun 2014, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • manicdvln
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    Spotify has 40m active users and 10m subscriptions and they did this 6 years faster than Pandora who trails significantly in subs.

     

    It's the other way around, Pandora sucks.
    12 Jun 2014, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • JayXu
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    No windows app...damn...
    12 Jun 2014, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    They going to tie it in with the phone announcement next week? Polish it up it could have legs.
    12 Jun 2014, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    I installed it on my Sammy phone. Looks good and most of my purchased albums were there. I looks like it is just a start but a good one. I was using Kies program to import from iTunes but it was a mess. Now I just open and play much better.
    On my Kindle HDX it was there just by opening music on the menu bar.

     

    It looks like a great start. My Prime was up in Oct. and I was thinking of not renewing. Now I am rethinking it and if I can have all my tunes at my fingertips without all of the downloads and esoteric programs I am up for a renewal.
    12 Jun 2014, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • Tvaddic
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    If they were going to tie it with their announcement wouldn't they just wait a week to launch the service?
    12 Jun 2014, 02:38 PM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    They didn't seem to billboard it like they do most other Prime enhancements. I had to look for it on Amazon's site. Maybe it's not ready for Prime time?
    12 Jun 2014, 05:38 PM Reply Like
  • Tvaddic
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    It is on the front page of Amazon
    13 Jun 2014, 02:55 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    It wasn't earlier in the day.
    13 Jun 2014, 06:02 AM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    Here are some grim words buried deep in the recesses of the Amazon web site: "Prime Music is not supported on Roku at this time."

     

    I got Roku players as the way to enjoy movies, shows, and music on my large and medium-size TV sets. No hand-held stuff for me.

     

    I have Amazon Prime programing on those TVs, but, sadly, it looks like either Amazon or Roku do not want me to have Prime music via my Roku players. I suspect the guilty party is Amazon, as they have their Amazon Fire product to market. What do the rest of you think?
    12 Jun 2014, 09:08 PM Reply Like
  • dgulick
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    It may be coming, though you did hit on a key advantage to being an independent -- whereas big players are locking competitors out of their ecosystem, Pandora's mantras is "radio everywhere" and they have a decade lead over everyone else, as such they are on products from:
    Apple
    Google
    Samsung
    HTC
    LG
    Microsoft
    Blackberry
    Roku
    Sonos
    Sony
    etc etc, as well as in-dash in 135 car models, 1/3 of new cars sold
    13 Jun 2014, 10:56 AM Reply Like
  • manicdvln
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    Blackberry also had a lead in smartphones, now they have become almost irrelevant, same will happen to Pandora, the one trick pony with no profits.
    13 Jun 2014, 11:00 AM Reply Like
  • dgulick
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    Pandora isn't Blackberry.

     

    Blackberry got crushed because they failed to react to the iphone, an invention that is arguably one of the most imaginative and innovative creations of a lifetime by Steve Jobs, who is arguably amongst the most insightful CEOs/inventors of all time. An invention that nearly single-handedly propelled Apple to become one the world's most valuable publicly traded companies.

     

    By contrast, iTunes Radio is a largely failed attempt to copy Pandora, market share since iTR launch speaks for itself. Your comparison to Blackberry is tired -- and wrong.
    13 Jun 2014, 04:37 PM Reply Like
  • manicdvln
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    You are right Pandora isn't Blackberry because the very least Blackberry made tons of money when they were in lead while Pandora has nothing to show for.

     

    You can call the competitor a copy, a cheap knock off or whatever you want, has nothing to do with Pandora inability to turn profits.

     

    Itunes Radio will get better and better and so will every other competitor with deep pockets. It's just a matter of time Pandora bleeds to death. And don't think without QE banks going to risk with another secondary offering.

     

    No sane person would actually think Pandora can prosper in such a hostile and unfriendly environment where its being attacked from royalty fees, legislation, government, competitors, technology, net neutrality....
    13 Jun 2014, 05:01 PM Reply Like
  • eenk
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    If AMZN just licensed 100 million songs and is now giving them to existing subscribers without a change in price, didn't they just push their bottom line profitability off another year or two?

     

    Does it matter?

     

    Why not add a free t-shirt, a couple of magazine subscriptions, maybe some hair products, Broadway tickets, and a bouquet of flowers to each Prime subscription as well?
    13 Jun 2014, 01:23 AM Reply Like
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