An underappreciated aspect of Amazon’s Prime subscription service is the included Prime Music, a streaming music service that lets listeners dive into two million songs at no additional cost. Frankly, the best part of Amazon Prime Music is that it’s free for Prime subscribers. Amazon Prime Music isn’t bad—the service has a decent (if somewhat limited) catalog and numerous interesting playlists—but it lacks the intriguing features you’ll find in the best streaming music services, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker Radio, and Spotify. What You Get The Amazon Prime Music home screen is divided into two main sections: a primary content section that takes up most of the screen real estate, and one column just to the left. The former houses popular playlists and songs, while the latter contains links that let you perform several actions, including browsing by category, playing tracks purchased from Amazon Music Store, and firing up songs you may have imported using the now-defunct upload feature in the desktop app. You can, of course, search for content by band or song name. Searching for Led Zeppelin tracks quickly reveals one of Amazon Prime Music’s bigger flaws: holes in the catalog. The service offers tons of Zeppelin tribute band content, but no music performed by the actual band. Slacker Radio and Spotify—as well as Amazon’s own Music Unlimited—have access to the Zeppelin catalog. Amazon Prime Music isn’t a total wasteland. You can stream music from popular and not-so-popular artists such as Bruno Mars and The Dirtbombs. Still, at times,… [Read full story]
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