While not everyone likes the idea of having to pay $99 upfront for a year of service, Amazon Prime is still an excellent option for those that regularly purchase items from Amazon, thanks to its free two-day shipping. As the service has progressed, however, Amazon has started adding plenty of other perks that could make it worthwhile even for those who won’t regularly utilize the free two-day shipping benefit.
Some of the biggest advantages of being a Prime member are the Kindle lending library and the Amazon Prime Video library, which have grown considerably since they were first introduced. Hoping to attract even more members, Amazon also recently announced Prime Music in June.
Unfortunately the service hasn’t exactly wowed too many individuals, largely due to the fact that the library of “over a million songs” doesn’t begin to compete with the millions upon millions of songs found from other high-profile streaming services like Spotify and Google Play Music. Thankfully, Amazon is working to slowly correct the situation. Today Amazon has announced it is expanding its service by hundreds of thousands of songs, many of which are from well-known artists including the following:
David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Skrillex, and John Coltrane.
While many of these additions are welcome, it seems there are more classic artists here than recent ones — though that’s not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your tastes (and age). In order to really wow over the younger generation Amazon will need to continue to reach deals with more labels, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
If Amazon can continue to expand its Video and Music services while keeping the price as low as possible, Prime could eventually become a viable alternative for those looking for a Netflix-like and Spotify-like experience all in one more affordable package. Of course bringing out an Android app for Amazon Video would also go a long ways in making Amazon Prime more appealing for us Android users (just saying).