Seattle — Amazon unveiled its Amazon Prime music-streaming service, a million-song-strong service that is both free and ad-free to subscribers of the e-tailer’s $99/year subscription-based Prime shipping service.
Prime Music is available on Kindle Fire HD/HDX as an automatic over-the-air update and on iOS and Android devices with a download of the latest Amazon Music app. The service is also available through any web browser through PrimeMusic.com
Amazon Prime members already get unlimited two-day shipping on more than 20 million items with their Prime membership, unlimited streaming of more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes through Prime Instant Video, and access to more than 500,000 books to borrow for free with the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
With Prime Music, Prime members choose the specific songs or albums they want to stream, create their own playlists, or stream one of hundreds of Prime Playlists said to be programmed by experts. Users can also download songs from the Prime Music catalog to mobile devices for offline playback when an internet connection is unavailable.
The million songs include tens of thousands of albums from top artists and independents, and the company plans to expand the selection.
Users can also mix Prime songs with songs in their personal music collection for playback.