ONLINE RETAILER Amazon has launched its Prime Music streaming service in the US, but is so far mute on a UK launch.
Prime Music, which we first reported on last year is a less than revolutionary music streaming service. Much like any of the others it lets people pay a subscription to listen to music whenever and wherever they want. It is a bit like owning your own music, but not really.
The Amazon service is available to Prime customers, punters that elected to pay a tribute for preferential treatment on the website and in its delivery charges. Amazon boasts that it has one million songs lined up and waiting to for listeners to hear. The similar music service Spotify has over 20 million songs and 10 million paying users, with 40 million users in all.
We tried to log in to the apparent US only service and were able to create a Prime account for $99 a year and wander into Prime Music. There we found a selection of playlists including one with songs by Christina Aguilera.
We were able to copy this into a playlist, but were able to hear it. We thanked someone for this small mercy, and asked Amazon for information on when it plans to roll out the service in the UK.
No comment has been forthcoming, but the Amazon Cloud Music player, a desktop, smartphone and tablet app, has just had an update to go with the launch and is now called Amazon Player. We can confirm that we can see this in the UK. µ