Amazon Prime members are still behind the curve when it comes to music streaming. That may or may not be about to change, depending on how strongly you feel about controlling what you listen to. Previously, Prime members had access to a library of two million songs from its Apple Music platform. After today, members have access to Amazon Music’s entire library, which gives full, unrestricted access to 100 million songs, all ad-free.
But there’s a catch. There’s always a catch.
Every day I’m shuffling
This upgrade to the library comes at a price. From here on out, shuffling is no longer a choice. There isn’t a way to play artists, playlists and albums in a custom order. It’s shuffle or nothing. If that doesn’t bother you, then this might be the best deal of them all. If you’re someone who likes to curate a playlist on a platform you’re paying for, then this probably isn’t for you.
Surprisingly, Amazon hasn’t opted for a Prime price hike (yet). Perhaps more surprisingly, it doesn’t stop with the addition of 98 million songs. These customers will now have access to “the largest catalogue of ad-free podcasts,” according to Amazon.
“We continue to innovate on behalf of our customers, and to bring even more entertainment to Prime members, on top of the convenience and value they already enjoy,” says Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music.
If you are looking for the ability to play your music in order, you’ll need to upgrade to a dedicated Amazon Music subscription. Having a Prime subscription should knock a sizeable amount off that price. Amazon Prime still isn’t available in South Africa, though that could be changing in the coming months. Once it (potentially) arrives, Spotify and Apple Music could have a new competitor on their hands.