Amazon is now the newest addition to the online music streaming business. Prime Music is being included under the annual Amazon Prime membership. The yearly fee, which has increased from $80 to $100 includes a free streaming video service, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Kindle lending library, and an incomparable shipping plan.
The GUI (Graphic User Interface) is clean. There were no apparent problems with finding or selecting music. The genres aren't as defined as what you would find through a website like SoundCloud or Beatport. The Dance/Electronic category has more Electronica sub-category selections than all the other electronic dance music categories put together.
The main drawback of the service so far is not having an agreement with UMG, which features artists such as Lorde, Lil Jon, and Kanye West. Unless an agreement is reached here, there could be a major pool of music missing from the Prime Music library. Currently, there are over one million songs to choose from, with over twenty million more if you include purchasable song titles.
All in all, Prime Music is a solid alternative platform to stream music from. The library will increase as time goes on, and the categories may get more in-depth with smaller music genres in the future. If you already have a Prime membership, this should cover the cost of the price increase ($20/12 month = $1.66 per month). If you have a .edu address and are enrolled in school, submit to have your membership changed to Prime Student. Membership will be free for the first six months. After that, services will be discounted 50%. CLick Amazon Student for more information.