Prime Music was released about a year and a half ago and has been a great extra free perk for Prime members, but its approximate 1 million song library can’t really compare to services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music, which each offer access to over 30 million songs for a monthly fee. For Amazon to play in the same league as the top streaming music services, they would have to charge a separate subscription fee for streaming music. According to a report by The New York Post, they’re looking to do just that. The report says Amazon is in talks to launch a Spotify-like streaming music service to be offered in addition to Prime Music. The service would cost $9.99 per month for unlimited access to streaming music. Interestingly, sources tell The Post that Amazon is considering a reduced bundled price of $3 to $4 a month if purchased with the Amazon Echo.
Amazon will be airing their first Super bowl ad in a few weeks to advertise the Echo. The Post says plans for a new music service are in early stages, but perhaps a new music announcement will be part of the ad. My money’s on new Alexa features and a new Echo coming in conjunction with the ad.
I’m definitely not interested in paying for a separate service. I’d usually rather own my music than pay to stream it. The prime music is nice because it’s part of a service I already pay for and I’m fine with not everything being on it since it encourages me to find new music but I wouldn’t go for a competitor to spotify. The only thing missing for prime music for me is the ability to upload most of my music purchased elsewhere.
I always can’t help but feel like amazon spreads itself way to thin these days. I also worry that prime benefits like video and music will diminish as they add things like addon video subscriptions and this additional music service.
Amazon offers a $25 per year service that allows you to upload your personal music and stream it to all your devices as if you purchased it from Amazon directly.
Google play offers 50,000 songs completely for free. Amazon should at least offer that much with prime. In general I’m not interested in paying additional fees but I want to get the most out of prime. I’m fine with the prime music selection but I do want more than 250 songs to upload to amazon without having to pay extra.
Part of me wonders if prime video and music is just to introduce these service so people end up paying for these services separately.