New Fire TV music app can access entire Prime Music library


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.

  1. Mitch says:

    Any way to force install it?

  2. Craig says:

    I wish Amazon would just roll that 250,000 songs (upload your own songs) for $24.95/year of Cloud Music storage, into a Prime subscription as a benefit. Heck? I would settle for a lesser upload amount, but that aspect of Amazon Music needs to change desperately. 250 song uploads for free isn’t enough and 250,000 song uploads is for $24.95 a year is too much.

    Also the Prime Music aspect of a subscription should be made sharable with another adult account, just like Prime Movies is…

    • Moe says:

      You would think storage for all that wouldn’t even be a consideration considering they own AWS. Maybe they will introduce this as partoff their music streaming service.

  3. Tony Ramirez says:

    Amazon music needs to ditch MP3. 256kbps MP3 sounds terrible which is why I can’t use Amazon Music.

  4. Patrick Russell says:

    How do I get music app

  5. Steve says:

    For me the new Fire TV music is a huge drawback from the previous Fire-integrated music menu. Playlists cannot be sorted anymore. If you have a lot of playlists this is certainly annoying. To shuffle play a playlist I used to press one button. Now I have to go through the menus and press buttons a total of five times. And the most annoying thing: voice search is not possible. I talked to Amazon customer support about this issue and they confirmed that this feature was planned to be integrated into the app but eventually was dropped from their to-do list for some unknown reason.

  6. Zach says:

    The lack of voice search is absolutely abominable. The transition to the new music app is less than desirable – to say the least.

  7. Jean Desjardins says:

    I hate that Amazon is changing the Music Menu to an app. And it did this without telling you 1- that it did that, 2- how to convert to the new way.

    Amazon is beginning to suck. If things start going this way forward (where we don’t care about the customers and treat them as cattle) I will change ecosystem entirely…

    Amazon you better start respecting the customer or else.

  8. Rod Singleton says:

    I have been thinking of getting my first fire TV stick,but now after all these questions and bad reviews with no answers from the great Amazon=I’ll stay with the great Roku!

  9. Seth says:

    Does anyone else find that the search no longer works in the Amazon music app?

    It simply doesn’t return any results as you begin typing or after pressing ok/search.

    This worked prior to the firmware/system update in Nov/Dec 16.

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