More than just music
I’ve been super pleased with our new benefit as Prime members
I’ve been using it a lot.
I’ve listened to several playlists, including while helping my Significant Other set up a new office at work.
We also had the instance when someone started singing a little of
and I was able to (quickly and for free) start playing it.
However, I like lots of different kinds of content…and that includes audio which isn’t music.
I started checking out Prime for non-music choices…and found quite a few interesting things!
Years (years!) ago, I had a vinyl record, designed to be played at 16 2/3rds RPM (Revolutions Per Minute). Most of you know 33 1/3rd, and 45, and 78…but I doubt many of you had 16 2/3rds!
The advantage? You could put a lot of content on a side.
The disadvantage? It didn’t sound very good.
However, that lack of “high fidelity” was fine…for speeches.
Yes, it was an album of great speeches…Winston Churchill, that kind of thing.
So, I was pleased to also find speeches available as part of Prime “Music”.
For example, there was this one:
There are 32 speeches on the album, although you can also get them individually.
I can certainly this being of use to teachers, but I would also just listen to them in the car.
They don’t seem to have a separate category for speeches, but from the MLK album, I could tell they were under soundtracks. This search seems to work okay, although there are a lot of things in it which aren’t actually speeches (tracks from the score of The King’s Speech show up, for one thing):
Another thing which isn’t music which you can utilize at no additional cost through Prime Music?
After all, you’ll never be able to read every book in the world if you can’t read all of its languages, right? 😉
Here’s one possibility:
Language instruction (which doesn’t work as a search term, by the way) is under Miscellaneous…but I haven’t found a good refinement. If you search for “Learn Japanese” or “Learn German”, you are likely to find a few.
Another category of record where I had a bunch of vinyl?
That search found me seventy albums…and 4,349 “songs”!
I could just sit and listen to the sound effects from the original Star Trek all day. 😉
I haven’t investigated it enough yet to know for sure, but I think you can only play Prime “Music” in the app…so you couldn’t export these for, say, a ringtone. Still, I would literally just listen to sound effect while driving, and Halloween ones could be nice at that holiday.
One big content warning: I did accidentally stumble across sexually explicit sound effect tracks and albums! I just wouldn’t have expected that, and I thought I’d give you the alert, in case your kids are exploring the sound effects (which would otherwise be fun for them).
This category was a gold mine for non-music options!
Here are some of the things I noticed:
- John Wayne, speaking “America, Why I Love Her”
- Dramatized Bibles
- Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First? routine (used to drive my Significant Other crazy that our kid at about five years old would do this routine with me) 😉
- Sleep Meditation with Deepak Chopra
- NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and hypnosis selections
- Old Time Radio Commercials (okay, a lot of these are jingles, and therefore music…but not Boris Karloff’s Greetings to Station Owners!)
- Alec Guinness performing Macbeth (again, might be useful in the classroom)
- Allen Ginsberg reading The End
- Tonsils by Bill Cosby (quite a few tracks, but this is one I particularly remember)
- There are some great cuts on 100 of the Greatest Comedy Skits (not sure they are all safe for work, though). You might want to try “Little Blue Riding Hood” by Stan Freberg. Note (and update): I didn’t realize that not all of the cuts on this album are Prime Music, but many of them are
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