Amazon Prime Now Offers 100 Million Songs and More Ad-Free Podcasts
Amazon announced today a new benefit for its Prime members, and a challenge to music streaming services such as Apple Music or Spotify.
Prime members will now be able to stream more music than ever before. The company said it will now offer Prime subscribers a full music catalog with 100 million songs, up from 2 million, and will make most of the top podcasts on its service available with no ads. In addition, the Amazon Music app is getting a revamp, with new “Podcast Previews” feature that will allow customers to listen to short clips and to discover new favorites.
Among the ad-free podcasts are shows from top brands like CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and ESPN. Other ad-free shows include the Wondery catalog of podcasts, like “Dr. Death,” “SmartLess,” and “Even the Rich,” and new Amazon Exclusive shows including “MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories;” “Suspect: Vanished in the Snow;” “COLD Season Three: The Search for Sheree;” “Killer Psyche Daily;” “I Hear Fear,” narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan; and a weekly bonus episode of “The Old Man and the Three,” hosted by former NBA player JJ Redick. The Amazon Exclusive podcast series “Baby, this is Keke Palmer,” from the actress and entrepreneur Keke Palmer (NOPE) also debuts today.
Prime members will use the main Amazon Music app to access the full music catalog. The app also offers standard features like the ability to shuffle-play any artist, album, or playlist, stream personalized playlists, download songs for offline listening, and more. While Prime members won’t be able to stream music on-demand without upgrading to the paid tier, the larger catalog may make sense for more casual listeners.
Amazon (affiliate link here and below) will still offer the Amazon Prime Unlimited. The service, which costs for $8.99/month or $89/year, will give users access to all songs on-demand in HD (16-bit/44.1 kHz) and UHD 24-bit/44.1 to 192 kHz) quality across all devices.
These changes come as Amazon raised its Prime membership price from $119 to $139 last year. Amazon seems to be trying to add more value now to make up for that increase. They already added free Grubhub+ membership, and now a much larger music catalog and ad-free podcasts.
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