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The summer of 1994 saw the creation of a company that has largely changed the way we shop, read, give gifts, and even view media. Amazon.com, founded by Jeff Bezos, started out as a mere resource for buying books. Based out of Seattle, Washington, the website filled orders for people in 50 states and 45 countries-all in its first 30 days of doing business! And today, it is run by more than 97,000 employees.

Needless to say, Amazon became popular fast. And it has only grown tremendously since then.

Over the years, Amazon has continued to cover more ground and in September 2007 began including music services, such as buying and downloading tracks. Music streaming, however, didn't become an Amazon service until June 2014.

In other words, Amazon streaming is very new but still very convenient for certain consumers.

If you have an Amazon Prime account, or if you're thinking of getting one, listen up. Prime Music, as they call it, is now available for all Amazon Prime members in the United States-at no additional cost to your membership!

The Good

If you already hold an Amazon Prime account, the awesome news is that you pay no additional fees to stream their music. As a member, you immediately have access to over one million tracks and hundreds of playlists. What's more, Amazon streaming is ad-free, which means there are no interruptions to your listening experience.

But that's not all.

You'd think that since Prime Music comes with no extra fees that it would come without many perks. On the contrary, you can:

  • Handpick the songs you want to listen to (rather than being fed automatic tracks)
  • Skip or repeat songs as often as you want
  • Download tracks and listen to them offline without an Internet connection
  • Create playlists of songs that you've downloaded

Not bad at all!

Amazon streaming also works with a wide variety of mediums, including Android, Windows, iOS, Roku, Sonos, and the Web. You can stream from devices like a Fire Phone, iPhone, iPad, Fire Tablet, Fire TV, Mac, PC, and even your car. They offer a free music app you can download too. But do be aware that Amazon apps work through the Amazon Cloud Player, which you'll have to download to use.

If you're unsure about Prime Music, you'll love the length of their free trial period. For one month, Amazon lets you preview what it's like to stream with them-in the hopes that you'll love what you experience and sign up for that Prime account.

The Bad

Probably the biggest downside to Prime Music is that you're required to have an Amazon Prime account in order to stream it. So even though there's technically no additional cost for streaming as a Prime member, you're also already paying the $99 fee per year (or $49 if you're a student) for the account. That means no free version is available in any sense of the term.

Prime Music is also currently available in only the United States. While Amazon ships products across many countries around the world, the site hasn't linked music streaming to other countries, so if you're traveling or moving out of the US, you'll no longer have access to it.

Furthermore, Amazon's music selection is pretty small compared to most competitors. One million songs sounds like a lot, but when other companies boasts 10, 20, or 30 million+ songs, Amazon's library starts to look like slim pickings. Along with this, they typically don't offer the most recent songs, so you can't expect to stream new releases through it.

Another obvious con for Amazon is the fact that they've only offered streaming since mid-2014. That's not very much time to work out software errors, add tracks to the music library, and rectify other issues that inevitably pop up in the first few months (or years) of opening up shop. And while some competitors have been streaming music for more than 10 years, Amazon is still quite young and inexperienced, at least in this department.

The Bottom Line

What makes Amazon music different is that it's directly linked to Amazon Prime, which has a very large customer base already. Unlike other streaming services, Prime Music is a service that comes with a membership that offers loads of other benefits, such as video streaming and discounts on mail orders. In this way, Amazon.com has set itself up to potentially gain a lot of streaming customers fast.

They also stand out because they take features like offline listening, unlimited skips, and on-demand listening and put them all into one streaming service.

What does this mean for you?

It means that if you're an Amazon Prime member, you're in luck. You'll automatically enjoy great streaming services, albeit with a smaller music library and a slightly lower bit rate (256 kbps). And if you're not a Prime member, here's just one more reason you might consider signing up. Essentially, Amazon has rewarded current Prime members, enticed music lovers to join, and set itself apart from the more accessible and less expensive competitors.

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May 16th, 2019 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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We use Amazon Music to listen to songs that are free with our Prime membership. I wouldn't use it otherwise because I find that there are other streaming companies that are a little bit better

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Lauren Familia
May 14th, 2019 Pleasant Grove, UT

I love Amazon Music! It has lots of great songs. I wish that you could get more songs. But it is awesome and I love using it!

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Ashley
May 10th, 2019 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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This is so awesome and it comes with your Amazon Prime membership! I love the selection of artists and how they group them. Its easy to navigate and always available when I have my phone. Everybody should have their music ready to pump at any given moment right?

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Tim Berrett
February 13th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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Easy to use and stream and build playlists, but expensive. I don't think it is good value for what you pay for the service. The comparability with Alexa is a great feature which is why we continue to use the service.

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Michelle De Oliveira
February 13th, 2019 American Fork, UT

I got a free trial of amazon music unlimited for free with the purchase of my Alexa and I am so hooked. I love that I have access to all the new music and it is so easy to use! My kids really like it too.

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Londyn Berrett
February 13th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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Way too expensive for what you get. Yes it is better than Pandora, but I think that Amazon Unlimited should be included in Amazon Prime. Prime gives you very very little music to choose from with very restrictive features that end up frustrating customers. We are considering a switch to Apple music which is slightly cheaper for a family plan.

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Jonas De Olveira
February 13th, 2019 American Fork, UT

We got amazon music this Christmas when we got our Alexa devices. The whole family loves it and we constantly have music playing. It is great having access to all the current music.

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Jenny Hansen
February 13th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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Convenient, limitless options. Alexa and Amazon music make cleaning fun again. Subscription changes and overall billing is very convenient.

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February 13th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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I have used Amazon music before and have liked it. We have amazon prime and it was nice having it come with it. I do like that there are no ads. It is not as good as iTunes radio but there are still some good things about it. If I had to pay for it separately though I probably wouldn't purchase it .

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Christy Suguturaga
February 13th, 2019 Orem, UT DETAILS
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I was purchasing music not realizing that it was all stored in this wonderful place. So user friendly and so many great features. I play my favorite playlist on the app to get my day going every morning! I love it!

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Ponch Thompson
February 12th, 2019 South Jordan, UT DETAILS
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We use this service frequently. Lots of music to listen to. Still a little quicky to use, but meets our needs.

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Anika Larson
February 12th, 2019 DETAILS
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Since Amazon Music is another benefit from having Amazon Prime, it is a great extra feature. For those who can't afford paying a subscription for other music services, this is a great option. The selection of music is a good size, but it definitely doesn't even compare to some of the other streaming services.

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Amanda Olsen
February 12th, 2019 Eagle Mountain, UT DETAILS
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Love Amazon Music! Expansive collection of all kinds of music. Easy to use app that gives you lots of options to choose from. Love being able to listen to radio (clean) versions of songs that I like as well.

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Sunny Perry
February 8th, 2019 Springville, UT DETAILS
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Amazon prime music is a great addition to what amazon has to offer. I enjoy being able to listen to music everywhere I go.

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Erikka N
February 7th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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I really like amazon music. My husband and all my kids use it as well. They really like being able to listen to all different types of music. Its especially nice if there is a new song out that they want to listen to on repeat. Theres a lot of fun songs for kids on it as well. Fun to listen to it through Alexa.

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Evelyn Chidester
February 5th, 2019 Riverton, UT DETAILS
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Huge variety of music available. Easy to find and is very accessible. I think this is a great benefit from Amazon.

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Jason Brown
February 4th, 2019 Lehi, UT DETAILS
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It has been a wonderful service and a great value. There is no shortage of selection and we play music throughout the home on our Alexa.

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Bekah
February 4th, 2019 Eagle Mountain, UT

Amazon music is overall pretty good, but it can also be annoying if you don’t have unlimited because it doesn’t give you access to some music.

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Lindsey A Brown
February 1st, 2019 Lehi, UT DETAILS
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Probably my favorite way of streaming music is through Amazon Music. I love being able to create multiple playlists and have them shared between all the users onour account. Easy to learn how to use it and excellent choice or artists and songs to choose from.

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Jessica Atkin
February 1st, 2019 Lehi, UT DETAILS
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We love Amazon music. There are songs that come with your prime membership that you don't have to buy. There is also music that you can choose to buy as well that isn't included in prime. Great Service!

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Jamie King
February 1st, 2019 Cokeville, WY DETAILS
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My family of seven share amazon music and it is so convenient to have music on every device. We also have it on Alexa and it works great!

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JARED J BUCKLEY
January 31st, 2019 Fort Bridger, WY DETAILS
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This is nice to put music on your phone so you can listen offline. Yet another perk of having an Amazon account

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Shayla Hankins
January 16th, 2019 Lehi, UT DETAILS
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Amazon music has any song or genre that you can think of and they are cheap to use. They provide quality music with a happiness guaranty.

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MaKayla Christiansen
January 16th, 2019 Provo, UT

Amazon music has every single song you could ever imagined and it is such a dependable source for streaming music. It’s easy to make playlists and save your favorite songs.

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Katie Marz
January 16th, 2019 Orem, UT DETAILS
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I really like using amazon music. I use amazon for everything, so might as well use it for music too! I think they have good variety and the value is great for the price.

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Alain
January 16th, 2019 Orem, UT

Amazon music is awesome, especially when you have an Alexa, she plays all the songs I request and more.

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Hailey Nilson
January 7th, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT DETAILS
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Amazon Music has a very large, wide rang of music. And, I love that you're able to connect with Alexa, I think that's a useful and unique feature.

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Dasha Directo
December 31st, 2018 Provo, UT DETAILS
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Amazon music isn't my favorite music streaming service. I don't think it's as easy to use as others and the layout isn't the best.

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Braden Johnson
December 21st, 2018 Eagle, ID DETAILS
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Hundreds of thousands of songs to choose from, and you can make a playlist of your favorites. Amazon Music is definitely worth the big bucks.

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Jorden Laird
December 13th, 2018 Front Royal, VA DETAILS
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i often listen to amazon music through my alexa. the selection is great and no commercials.

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Darius Williams
December 12th, 2018 Alexandria, VA

Got a free subscription from my job. Really good music library just not the best application to use

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Matthew Carbaugh
December 10th, 2018 Herndon, VA DETAILS
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It's nice that Amazon music is included with prime membership, but it would be more convenient if music player was from same app as amazon shopping. having to use a separate amazon music app to play downloaded prime music seems counter intuitive.

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Erin
December 10th, 2018 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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amazon prime is really amazing it gives such a wide variety of every song and rarely has any connection issues. really the best way to get your music

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Cori Jacobsen Ollerton
December 10th, 2018 Alpine, UT DETAILS
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I am an avid Amazon user. This is a little confusing site for me. Seems to be to many steps for use.

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Amanda Purpura
December 6th, 2018 Gibsonia, PA DETAILS
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I'm not sure what I would do without Amazon Music! For the low monthly cost it gives you access to any and every song that you would ever want to listen to.

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Dee Farquharson
December 6th, 2018 Washington, DC DETAILS
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I liked using Amazon music but then some songs that I had "saved" were only available with "Unlimited Music", which you have to pay more for. Then, I checked again and some music was available again, but went back to Unlimited. Then, some songs I had downloaded to use offline still buffer and will stop mid-way for a long time. I just stopped using the service.

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Katie Howard
December 5th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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It's super easy to play streaming music from Amazon if you have an Echo. I just ask Alexa to play a certain playlist, and that's it. Yet another reason I love my Amazon Prime account. I love discovering music this way that I otherwise might not listen to.

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Shawn
December 5th, 2018 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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We use the free music service that comes with Amazon prime and it has some good options. I wish it was more comprehensive and you could be more specific and that they would eventually brought in more choices.

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Rischelle Mikkelson
December 5th, 2018 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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Amazon prime does not have a lot of variety on their free version, you have to upgrade to get the full access. They have good kids stations as well as family stations. I like that I can put a setting that blocks out any explicit music.

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Spencer Scoville
December 3rd, 2018 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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You can find so many hits on this website it is crazy. I love how it transfers to any computer without having to individually look for the songs you want to listen to.

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Samuel Welch
December 3rd, 2018 Gilbert, AZ DETAILS
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Amazon music is a great benefit to having amazon prime, but not really a prime seller. It remembers your preferences. It works hard so you don't have to! However, they don't always have the right labels on what is explicit or not.

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Justin
November 26th, 2018 Alpine, UT

Amazon Music has never given me trouble! It has all the music that I've ever looked for, and navigating through the app is super easy.

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Shane
November 26th, 2018 Alpine, UT

Amazon Music has a great library of music to choose from, and the app is very easy to use. The music is high quality as well!

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Rachel Spielberger
November 19th, 2018 Mesa, AZ DETAILS
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It was easy to use, however, I did not like that one could not listen to every song. Some had to be purchased by upgrading your subscription, which was very frustrating.

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Eric
November 16th, 2018 San Diego, CA DETAILS
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Prime music is great. It comes with my Prime membership so I did not even have to pay extra. Cant complain about that.

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Garn L. Arnold
November 12th, 2018 Alpine, UT DETAILS
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I love Amazon Prime for music. What I like best is when I buy an actual CD from Amazon, in addition to getting the CD they also put an electronic version of the CD in my Amazon Music so I don't have to!

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Rachel B
November 6th, 2018 Eagle Mountain, UT DETAILS
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They offer a great service and is a good option to be able to use! Quick and easy plus they offer free music for 3 months if you purchase a cd.

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Nathan hanzel
November 6th, 2018 Saratoga Springs, UT DETAILS
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I really like how much access Amazon Music has to the new songs that I hear on the radio!

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Maya Lewis
October 31st, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I love being able to keep all my music in one place and with Prime I have access to listen to my favorite songs as often as I want.

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Mary
October 31st, 2018 West Jordan, UT DETAILS
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I listen to my Amazon Music everyday. It's very easy to use and has tons of music!