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

|By:, SA News Editor

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.