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Music streaming gets another boost as Amazon Prime bundles music

Last week saw the BPI extol the sheer volume of music streaming in the UK with data from the Official Charts Company showing that over 500 million music streams have been streamed for the first time in a single week and Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist.

The launch of Apple Music might boost that some more, but the launch of Amazon Prime Music as part Amazon Prime membership means another large boost right in time for the school holiday season.

Amazon Prime started life as an unlimited one-day deliver option on but now encompasses Prime Instant Video, unlimited photo storage, 500,000 ebooks and now streaming access to 1 million music tracks. A 30 day free trial of Prime is available, with the annual price charged in a single £79 transaction once the free trial ends.

Streaming is supported across a range of devices, from the Fire TV, Fire Phone, Fire Tablets, android and iOS devices, Prime Music apps for PC or Mac, in a web browser and Sonos devices.

While music streaming may not use the same large data rates as video streaming, streaming music for 8 hours will still consume around 1GB of data, video streaming for that length of time might use 10GB to 30GB of data. For fixed line broadband where the major players all have unlimited usage allowances this is of little concern, but people will need to wary of enjoying music on the bus or train and using their monthly mobile allowance in the first couple of days of each month.


Might be worth a quick reminder that if you don't cancel the trial membership it will auto charge - many people seem not to read the Ts&Cs when they sign up then complain.
On the note of Amazon Music it looks quite good. Going to be seeing how good it is at streaming on a walk home tonight.

  • ian72
  • over 5 years ago

The service also allows downloads: you can activate up-to 4 devices to play downloaded media.

  • DougM
  • over 5 years ago

Running stutter free since I put article up earlier. Might go and try on an EE mobile after a cup of tea.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 5 years ago

That is great value, may well sign up for prime in the near future. Would likely have done it before but already have Netflix which I don't want to give up. Now they have music streaming added it's hard to resist.

  • astateoftrance
  • over 5 years ago

Well seems pretty good, better than DAB quality with my duff ears.

Streaming was stable and playlists might be good if they keep a list of them.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 5 years ago

We use prime for delivery but have no interest in music streaming, video or books. It's just become an excuse to put the price up.
Even worse is the fact we have to pay for prime USA as well as prime UK to get stuff to the family and aren't even allowed to use the add ons in the states..... BAH HUMBUG!

  • fox-uk
  • over 5 years ago

I would be interested to know how much money the artists being streamed are getting from Amazon.

Regardless of how much though, this is surely a loss leader for Amazon like a lot of things it does.

25+ years ago if you'd said a business could get as big as Amazon has without making year on year profits and big one's at that, you'd have been slapped around the face with a wet fish!

  • WeeManMike
  • over 5 years ago

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