Hot on the heels of Apple, Amazon has just launched its own streaming music service in the UK. This is certainly a crowded market place these days, and Amazon’s mission is not helped by the fact that it has significantly less music than its rivals. It claims to have a mere 1 million tracks online, compared to Spotify’s 30 million. Missing too is the entirety of the stable that is Universal’s artists, so if you’re desperate for a bit of Katy Perry you’ll be out of luck.
Yet this is not Amazon’s point: the streaming service is free (yes FREE) to those who subscribe to the £79 annual Prime membership. This includes not only next day delivery, but also Kindle lending library, Prime films and TV shows, and also selected same-day delivery within London.
Given this the deal sounds a little sweeter. Offline playback is provided, as is the ability to create playlists. The streaming service is available on desktops, laptops, mobiles, tablets, and a variety of other devices.