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Amazon Prime Music streaming service hits the UK

Katharine Byrne
28 Jul 2015
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Amazon launches new music streaming service in the UK for Amazon Prime customers, featuring a library of over one million tracks

Amazon has launched Prime Music in the UK. The new music streaming service is yet another perk for Amazon Prime customers, which has been added at no extra cost to their £79-per-year subscription. Prime Music offers over a million songs to Prime customers and is completely ad-free, allowing you to enjoy all the latest hits from the likes of One Direction, George Ezra, Madonna and David Bowie without interruption.

You'll need to sign up to Amazon Prime to take advantage of Prime Music (or sign up for a free 30-day trial), but once you do, you'll be able to listen to the service on a whole range of devices, including Amazon Fire tablets, the Amazon Fire TV, the Fire TV Stick, iOS and Android devices, PCs, Macs and, of course, through the Amazon website.

Phone and tablet users will be able to download songs and albums for offline playback as well, so you can carry on listening even when you're not connected to the internet. Downloaded music will only be available within the Amazon Music app, though, so you won't be able to export those tracks to other devices. 

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Prime Music will also let you choose from hundreds of hand-built Prime Playlists, covering all manner of artists, genres, occasions, moods and activities - there's even a dedicated 'commuting' playlist for the morning train ride.

If you'd rather create your own playlist, you'll be able to mix Prime Music tracks with your own personal music collection as well. However, there are some noticeable gaps in the Prime library. As noted by the BBC, several artists from the Universal Music Group, including Amy Winehouse, Abba and Kanye West, aren't available at launch. UMG artists weren't unavailable at the US launch of Prime Music last month either.

Prime Music is Amazon's answer to rival music streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music, but it still has some way to go before it can compete with Apple and Spotify's respective libraries of over 30 million tracks each. We'll be bringing you a full review of the service as soon as we've had a chance to put it through its paces. In the meantime if you want to give the service ago for free, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial.

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