Amazon Launches Prime Music

In an open letter to Amazon customers on its website (partial image shown on the right), Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos announced launch of Prime Music, referring toit as the "the newest benefit of Prime membership". 
The Prime Music allows Prime members to not only "listen ad-free to over a million songs", it allows them  to download those songs to their smartphones and Kindle devices to listen to them offline as well. It's different from other internet radio providers such as Pandora. 
The message from Jeff Bezos also emphasized, several times, how Prime Music comes with Prime Playlist removing "one more barrier — deciding what to listen to." Amazon recognizes the issue of over-choice, how selecting what songs to listen to from a million songs could be daunting, so it has arranged them into hundreds of Prime Playlists which are (supposedly) created by music experts have created for you.  
The message goes on to mention the list of popular singers artistsincludes Daft Punk, P!nk, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, The Lumineers, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. 
The message mentioned that "Kindle Fire HD/HDX devices will get Prime Music in an automatic, over-the-air update" and  Prime members can "download the latest Amazon Music app in the Android and iOS appstores". The current Cloud Player allowed users to not only play mp3 music they had purchased from Amazon and saved it the cloud, it also allowed them to upload their own music purchased or downloaded elsewhere to enjoy. Looks like going forward,  Prime members will be able to listen to music from the large 1 million song prime collection in addition to the music they had purchased or uploaded to their Amazon cloud. 

Prime members can go to to listen to free music. 
Despite this announcement, Amazon stock price closed 2.77% down today. 


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