Twitch has announced a new benefit for Prime members that provides a set of new games for free every month. Amazon first integrated Prime into Twitch, the live streaming video platform that they aquired, over a year ago with Twitch Prime. Prime member benefits on Twitch already include ad-free viewing, one free channel subscription, and free in-game loot. Now free games to keep forever are also included. Read more ›
Amazon has just added another perk to their ever-growing list of Prime benefits. Prime members now get free shipping at Woot.com. Amazon acquired the daily deals site Woot! back in 2010 but hasn’t done much with it. To take advantage of free shipping, just login with your Amazon account at woot.com/prime. Prime members get free standard shipping on all orders and free express shipping on Shirt.Woot orders.
Amazon just announced a new service called Prime Wardrobe that lets you try on clothes before you buy them. Prime members can choose 3 or more items of clothing and Amazon will ship them to you free of charge. You then have 7 days to decide what you want to keep and ship back the clothing you don’t want with the included resealable box and return label. You can even schedule a UPS pickup and it’s all at no charge. All you pay for are the clothing items you decide to keep, and to encourage loading up your Prime Wardrobe order, Amazon is offering a 10% discount on the items you keep if you keep 3 or 4 clothing items. If you keep 5 or more, you’ll get a 20% discount on the entire order. Prime Wardrobe is currently in beta, but you can sign up to be notified when the service publicly launches.
Amazon’s list of Prime benefits has been steadily expanding over time, and they’ve just added one more item. The company will start its own series of live music concerts with tickets available exclusively to Prime members. The venues will be small and intimate, and the shows will be recorded and made available through Prime Video. Read more ›
Amazon has announced a new feature of Prime Photos called Family Vault that allows Prime members the option to share their unlimited cloud photo storage with 5 family members or freinds. Each person invited will be able to upload as many photos as they want through the web or via the Amazon Photos app on iOS and Android. Everyone with access to upload, including the main Prime member, is able to select which photos can be seen by the group and which ones remain private. Family vault participants can also store videos and other files, but non-photo files are capped at 5GB total across everyone. To start sharing your unlimited photo storage, simply log into Amazon Photos and click the invite button in the menu on the left.
Amazon has launched their long-rumored new music streaming service. As I discovered last week, it’s called Amazon Music Unlimited and has several different pricing options. For those of you who are not Prime members the service is $9.99 per month. There is a family plan for $14.99 per month or $149 per year, which will be available soon, that grants access to 6 family members. These prices are equal to competing services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music. The pricing gets more interesting and competitive for Prime member who can pay either $7.99 per month or $79 per year, which comes out being about $6.58 per month. There is also an Echo-only plan for just $3.99 per month that grants access to the new music service from Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap devices only. Regardless of which payment option you select, the library of music accessible to you is exactly the same. Read more ›
Amazon has added yet another benefit for Prime members called Prime Reading which gives customers unlimited access to over one thousand books, magazines, comics, and more at no additional cost. The current selection of available Prime Reading books include popular titles like The Butterfly Garden, The Body Reader, My Sister’s Grave, The Man in the High Castle, An Innocent Client, The Atlantis Gene, and over 1,000 more. Reading any included title works exactly the same way as purchased ebooks and can be done through Kindles, Fire tablets, and the Kindle app for iOS and Android. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that Prime members will now be able to watch Twitch, the world’s biggest livestreaming platform that’s popular with gamers, without ads, which normally costs $8.99 per month. The new perk is called Twitch Prime and comes with a few additional extras. Prime members also get free digital games, starting with Streamline, as well as free “game loot” like skins, characters, and boosts within games. Other perks include exclusive deals on new game releases. If you’re already a Prime member, all you have to do is link your Amazon and Twitch accounts together by clicking the link at the bottom-right of this page.
Amazon has just added Audible Channels, a subscription service that normally costs $4.95 a month, as the latest benefit that Prime Members get for free. Audible Channels is an audio collection of original programs, comedies, lectures, news, and articles that is consistently refreshed. The new Prime benefit also includes a rotating selection of more than 50 premium audiobooks that you can listen to for free. The audiobooks are arranged in categories like movies, which currently includes The Silver Linings Playbook and Slumdog Millionaire, or self-improvement books, like No Excuses! and Stitches, and many more categories. There is way too much content included with this new Prime benefit to list here. Once you install the Audible app, from Google Play or the Apple Appstore, you’ll be able to login with your Prime account and browse the complete collection of free content.
Amazon has just launched their new add-on subscription service for Prime Video, which gives us the closest thing we’ve seen yet to a true à la carte TV channel service. The service is launching with 30 different content collections for Amazon Prime customers to pick and choose the media that appeals to them. Collections range from big network names like Showtime and Starz with thousands of movies and TV shows included, to much smaller niche collections like Smithsonian Earth which currently includes a few dozens episodes from 5 different shows. Prices range from $2.99 per month for something like Warriors & Gangsters, which unlocks 45 action movies distributed by FlixFling, to $8.99 for networks like Showtime and Starz, which include 600+ and 800+ TV shows and movies respectively, to $9.95 for Gaia, which includes over one thousand videos. Read more ›