Amazon adds Prime Music…for one device** at a time
Amazon has added another benefit to Prime…Prime Music! It’s a steaming (and, importantly, download) music service with a million songs. Eligible Prime members can listen to this music at no additional cost.
Here is the
I’m listening to it right now on my PC (using a playlist…there are many of those), since I don’t seem to have it on my
My device did update on June 6th to 22.214.171.124.2, so I’m surprised I don’t have it yet.
Naturally, I think this is a very positive thing for Prime members (only currently in the USA and Puerto Rico)…it’s more for no more cost.
However, I do look for questions people will have and comments they’ll make.
Looking quickly over the Help pages, I found this:
As I read this, you can only steam Prime Music to one device on the account at a time**. That’s going to bother a lot of people, who have many devices on the account. If you are already streaming music and you try to do it on another device on the account, the Help page says:
In this case, the device that first notices that Prime Music is already playing on another device pops up a message asking if you want to start playback on that first device, and stop playback on the other device. If you stop playback on the second device, your personal playlist will remain paused, and won’t continue playing either your owned music or Prime Music.
I mentioned you can download the music: you can do that for up to four devices concurrently. So, if you plan ahead, you can have music on more devices…but people will find it inconvenient if, say, one sibling is streaming music for friends, and another wants to listen in their room…and music (even purchased music) on the device basically locks up.
I’ll have to research this more, but I certainly expect to use Prime Music.
In the mean time, here’s the main page:
Oh, one more thing for now…there already is a Prime Music, although it is for the Russian market.
It won’t surprise me if people find that one accidentally looking for Amazon’s, which is at the link above (http://www.primemusic.com).
Will this replace streaming services for some people? Yes…they don’t have all the contemporary music, but I think we may increasingly see people who are satisfied with the “backlist” in all media. There will be people who want and are willing to pay more for the latest buzzy content, but there will be others who are fine with music/books/videos which are six months or a year old. Eventually, I think that may have a real impact on the content industries and how they approach new releases.
Feel free to share your experiences and questions with me and my readers by commenting on this post.
Update: I’ve had a number of comments on this, and can give a quick response.
The Kindle Fire HDX is going to get an update which will make this appear on it (under Music, as I understand it). Some of you might have it; some (like me) may not have it yet.
I have been able to listen to music on my Samsung (Galaxy S4) and on my PC from the service while doing other things.
I’ll work more with this and post more about it later on. Generally, I’ve been pleased with the selection: I found the Beatles, Billy Joel…and a playlist of swing music which included In the Mood. That works for me…I showed it to someone else who was pleased with the contemporary music, even if it isn’t what we used to call the “Top 40”.
Update: okay, now my KFHDX has updated.
First, you can tell, because when you open the Music tab, you’ll see this:
I didn’t do anything special to get the Music folder to update to that. I had already tried syncing, restarting, and such, and none of that seemed to matter. It is an update to the app, not to the system. I didn’t see anyway to force the update.
Once it’s updated, you can tap the menu (three horizontal lines in your top left corner of the screen, and you’ll see Prime Music and Prime Playlists.
In Prime Music, you’ll see a lot of suggestions, from individual songs to Prime Playlists and more. Just to give you a sense of what’s available, here is the list of the albums showing on the home screen for me:
- Random Access Memories (Daft Punk, 2013)
- The Heist [Explicit] (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2012)
- Greatest Hits (Journey, 1988)
- Unorthodox Jukebox (Bruno Mars, 2012)
- Uncaged (Zac Brown Band, 2012)
- All the Little Lights [Explicit] (Passenger, 2012)
- The Lumineers (The Lumineers, 2012)
- Love in the Future (John Legend, 2013)
I think I’m going to tend to use Prime Playlists more often…that’s more like Songza, which is (or was?) my music app of choice.
If you tap where it says All Playlists at the top, you can choose first to either see Categories (default) or Genres. Under Categories, you have:
- All Playlists
- Recommended For You
- Moods & Activities
The recommendations seemed okay for now…right now, I’m listening to “Crushing it: Classic Rock for Ruling”. It’s starting with Eye of the Tiger by Survivor…and yes, the lyrics automatically show up on on the screen (you can hide that if you want).
As far as I can tell, you do need to add a playlist to your library before you can play it. I haven’t downloaded it, and that’s not necessary to listen to it when you have a connection.
Going to Moods & Activities, you get the categories of
- Happy & Upbeat
- Rlaxes & Laid Back
- Work, Study & Reading
- Energetic & Fast Temp
- Hard & Heavy
- Party Time & Entertaining
- Family & Fun
I checked Family & Fun: one Playlist was Kids’ Classics, which ranged from Tom Smothers singing Helping to Julie Andrews with Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to Rubber Duckie by Ernie (from Sesame Street).
Switching to Genres, I get
- Alternative Rock
- Broadway & Vocalists
- Children’s Music
- Classic Rock
- Dance & Electronic
- Hard Rock & Metal
- Latin Music
- New Age
- Opera & Vocal
- Rap & Hip-Hop
You can also search for individual songs and albums…when you search at the top of the screen, click the dropdown under Search Results, and choose Filter, then Prime Music only.
Prime Music is also obvious: instead of having a price, it has an Add button.
Once I’ve added a Playlist on my Fire, it’s also available on my Galaxy S4 SmartPhone (in the menu under Library and Playlists).
As a test, I downloaded a playlist to my phone, and tried to play it with Airplane Mode on…no problem. Both devices were playing at the same time at first…so I had Working for the Weekend (Loverboy) in one ear, and I Put a Spell On You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) in the other (from the Halloween Party Soundtrack playlist) in the other. While I do like it like that (yes, I really am a “multi-tasker”) 😉 it was interesting. It stopped playing on my Fire, and maybe a minute later, it told me it was “Unable to stream your song at this time…Please try again later.” It also told me “Song Not Available”.
I then started a Playlist I had previously downloaded to the Fire (not from Prime Music), and as it said above, it wouldn’t play at first…but then it did start playing in twenty seconds or so.
If you have questions let me know.
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