Something I overlooked when writing my overview of the new Amazon Music app for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, which is actually fairly significant, is that the new app can play any song in Amazon’s Prime Music catalogue without needing to add the song to your library first. The prior music interface on the Fire TV only accessed songs that were in your music library, but that’s no longer the case if you’re a Prime subscriber. This change is likely in preparation for the upcoming premium music subscription service from Amazon.
The BROWSE screen in the new music app, which is the default screen, is primarily for discovering music that isn’t already in your music library. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, all the music on this screen is music you can play for free. The screen consists of recommended, popular, and new music broken down into lists of albums, songs, and playlists. I initially thought the music shown spanned across Amazon’s entire music store, but that isn’t the case. It is just the music you already have access to through Prime, and I suspect in the future, if you’re a subscriber of Amazon’s upcoming premium music service, it will include that music as well.
The SEARCH screen of the new music app functions in the same manner. You are not searching Amazon’s entire music store, but instead only searching through music that you can play immediately at no additional cost. If you’re not a Prime member, I assume that it will only show music you’ve purchased through Amazon. As a Prime member myself, my search results include music both from Prime and from my purchased content.
It’s worth noting that the word “Prime” does not appear anywhere in the app. it’s evident that the purpose of the app is to access your Amazon music library, regardless of whether you purchased the music, have access to it through Prime, or access through a future unreleased subscription service.