Amazon Prime ups its music game, within limits

Subscribers can now listen to 100 million songs for free, but only in shuffle mode.

By Shelly BrisbinNovember 3, 2022 10:00 am,

Amazon Prime members can now listen to some 100 million songs. The company has added free access to its full music library to the subscription service. But why, at a time when prices for online services are on the rise, did Amazon take this step? And is there a catch?

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says free access to Amazon Music has significant limits.

Highlights from this segment:

– Until the change, Prime subscribers had access to around 2 million songs, and the offering included ads.

– Subscribers can now listen to 100 million songs, ad-free, but their requests must be played in shuffle mode.

– The service also includes access to podcasts, like those produced by Amazon-owned producer, Wondery.

– Competing music services with much more market share, like Apple Music, have increased prices recently. But so has Amazon. Adding access to more music could encourage fans to stick with Prime for their music needs.

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