Thursday, June 12, 2014

Amazon Launches Prime Music

A letter from Jeff Bezos:

Dear Customers,
A little more than 3 years ago we launched Prime Instant Video, adding unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows to the existing Prime benefit of Free Two-Day Shipping. It has turned out to be one of the most important things we've done for Amazon Prime members. Today, we are doing it again for music — introducing Prime Music, the newest benefit of Prime membership.
Prime Music
With Prime Music, you can listen ad-free to over a million songs and hundreds of expert-programmed Prime Playlists. Prime Music includes tens of thousands of albums from top artists like Daft Punk, P!nk, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, The Lumineers, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. And we'll be adding more music all the time.
In designing Prime Music, we wanted to remove the barriers between you and the music you love. We removed cost. You can listen to the entire Prime Music catalog for free — it's included in your Prime membership. We removed interruptions. Don't worry about having your music constantly disrupted by ads... you won't hear any. We removed listening restrictions. Choose exactly what song to listen to, repeat your favorite song over and over again, or download music to your phone or tablet to listen offline.
Finally, we removed one more barrier — deciding what to listen to. Just play any of the hundreds of Prime Playlists our music experts have created for you. 
Prime members in the US can start listening to Prime Music today. Kindle Fire HD/HDX devices will get Prime Music in an automatic, over-the-air update. You can also download the latest Amazon Music app in the Android and iOS appstores. If you're not yet a Prime member, start a 30-day free trial today. We think you'll find the convenience of free two-day shipping combined with access to a huge selection of movies, TV, music and books to be an incredible value for just $99 a year
Happy listening (and watching, and reading, and shopping),
Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO


  1. Next up: self published music

  2. Really? Now people need an "expert" to tell them what music to listen to? You know, for all this evolution talk, it sure seems like the human race is getting dumber to me.

  3. Also, Amazon, the God of all libertarian wet dreams of what a corporation should be, has just updated the Amazon Kindle app for Android. An application that is used for reading books.

    Thew new update requires additional permissions:

    Device and app history
    Allows the app to view one or more of: information about activity on the device, which apps are running, browsing history and bookmarks.

    Uses one or more of: accounts on the device, profile data

    Uses one or more of: files on the device such as images, videos, or audio, the device's external storage

    Wi-Fi connection information
    Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and names of connected Wi-Fi devices

    Devices ID & call information
    Allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call

    All these wonderful things tied to a book reader. I'm so glad Amazon enjoys free endorsements and no criticism from a large group of people who promote themselves as the most critical of critical thinkers. Amazon is yet another tool of a fascist system, and deserving of as much criticism as any other crony.