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You can pur­chase dig­i­tal mu­sic from Ama­zon pretty much like you would on iTunes or Google Play, but with the re­cent launch of Prime Mu­sic, Ama­zon Prime sub­scribers ( US$ 99/ year) now get un­lim­ited ac­cess to about a mil­lion songs - a pal­try num­ber com­pared to the rest, but it’s an added bonus that makes Ama­zon’s Prime mem­ber­ship even more worth it now. But, do note that Prime Mu­sic ( like Prime In­stant Video) is only avail­able in the US, and re­quires a VPN to ac­cess this ser­vice from Asia.

Now, nav­i­gat­ing Prime Mu­sic on the web is just like nav­i­gat­ing Ama­zon, and your search re­sults will in­clude paid con­tent your Prime mem­ber­ship doesn’t have ac­cess to; this is un­like other ser­vices where a sub­scrip­tion lets you ac­cess their whole cat­a­log. The mo­bile app works the same way; we tested the An­droid ver­sion, but the rest should be sim­i­lar.

Prime Mu­sic can es­sen­tially be bro­ken down into three main com­po­nents: your mu­sic li­brary, the store and Prime Mu­sic. Your mu­sic li­brary is where all the tracks you ei­ther own or have ac­cess to can be found. The store is where you buy mu­sic, and Prime Mu­sic houses all the con­tent that your Prime mem­ber­ship gives you ac­cess to.

Prime Mu­sic users don’t have to put up with any ads, but as a new ser­vice Prime Mu­sic feels in­com­plete. For ex­am­ple con­tent from Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic isn’t avail­able ( yet?), some­thing we re­al­ized af­ter search­ing for Beastie Boys and found only remixes. Also, we’d like to point out that the high­est qual­ity Prime Mu­sic streams in is 256kbps, which is lower than Spo­tify or Deezer’s 320Kbps.

Search­ing for con­tent is easy enough, but the odd thing is that you have to first add tracks to your li­brary be­fore you can play them. At­tempt­ing to play tracks from your search re­sults will only get you a pre­view. You can also im­port mu­sic you al­ready own, though the process isn’t too user friendly as it re­quires another sep­a­rate app.

Once you’ve added some­thing to your li­brary, you can play it from the browser, desk­top or mo­bile apps. You are also freely able to down­load pur­chased mu­sic for off­line play.

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