Confirming rumors that have been gaining traction since May, Amazon has officially launched a streaming music service, Prime Music. With the service, Amazon Prime subscribers will have access to more than one million songs for free. No advertisements will be shown on Prime Music, but it will only include songs that are older than six months in order to save money when licensing content. New releases are always provided with services like Spotify and Rdio, though Prime Music is not trying to compete with them.
Amazon says that users will be given unlimited playback of the songs, and they will be able to listen to curated playlists. Unlimited offline playback is also being provided.
Consumers now have one more reason to purchase a Prime subscription. For just $99 each year, subscribers receive free two-day shipping on Amazon, discounted one-day shipping, access to Prime Instant Video, and now, Prime Music. Out of all the things that people can pay for online, Prime may very well be one of the most useful things to spend $99 on.
Prime Music is now available to anyone who already has a Prime subscription. Those who are not signed up for Prime will have to buy a subscription, but Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial as well.