Amazon has announced its new music streaming service called Prime Music. It’s a move to compete with other popular streaming services from Google, Spotify and notably, Apple’s newly-acquired Beats.
The main advantage that Amazon holds over Beats, Spotify and Rhapsody comes in terms of sheer numbers, according to the New York Times. Amazon recently reported that they held more than 244 million active customer accounts.
With Apple’s acquisition of Beats and their massive music selection it’s unclear if Amazon’s Prime service will be competitive. The hope here is that customers will soon see a massive increase in the availability of new, affordable, streaming music that won’t slow down our favorite mobile devices.
While Amazon Prime and Beats both offer the same basic service, here are some of the subtle differences.
Amazon Prime vs. Beats
Beats: $99 a year – $10 monthly Fee
Prime: $99 a year – No monthly fee
Beats: No offline streaming
Prime: Available for offline streaming
Beats: All new music available now
Prime: Unspecific, but so far it looks like all music available will be at least six months old
Beats: Music labels on board are Sony, Warner and Universal
Prime Music labels on board: Sony, Warner and “large independent labels”
Beats: Streaming Only
Prime: Downloads and Streaming
Stephanie March is a Denver-based writer and new contributor at Reverb.