Amazon Prime Music arrives in the UK

Seeing as Amazon’s Prime Day event received a unanimously bad rap, especially from us here at Geek Power, maybe news of their new Prime Music streaming service going live today in the UK might go some way into regaining some trust in its services again.

Amazon’s Prime service in general launched around 8 years ago, offering free next-day delivery, and over time has added nice little perks to make the asking price for membership that little bit sweeter.  This has included a book renting service, a cloud photo sharing service, a movie streaming service (after their acquisition of LoveFilm a while back) and now they are getting in the music streaming game, and will be taking on the likes of Spotify and Apple for a piece of the increasingly crowded market.

Amazon launched Prime Music in the US just over a year ago, and gives existing Prime users free access to either stream or download tracks for offline use on your phone, tablet or computer from a selection of around 1 million tracks at the moment. This is paltry compared to the likes of Spotify, which to date offer over 30 million tracks, but Amazon is hoping to win over users by offering specially created playlists in an effort to help users enjoy and discover new things.

Some of the playlists are quite creatively named, and range from ‘songs about animals’, to ‘pop to wallow to’ and even ‘pottering’ whatever that means.  There are also some normal sounding playlists designed for lifestyle situations, such as if you’re ‘running’, ‘at the gym’ or curated lists for parties, which I would personally use, as it takes the decision out of putting songs together when I can’t be bothered.  Playlists have also been put together which collect songs from your favourite artists, and after a quick look, I noticed ‘Top Songs from Coldplay’, ‘Top Songs from One Direction’ and ‘Top Songs from Bob Dylan’.  Nice.

One thing to bear in mind is that the music is delivered at ‘MP3’ quality, which means it will not be offered at its best, so may displease audiophiles.  As mentioned, this service comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription, which currently costs £79, or you can try it free for 30 days by visiting the link in the source below.  Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: Amazon Prime

Jassen Payen