What makes Amazon’s streaming music service any different than all the other options?


I’m an Amazon Prime member, but I haven’t tried out the new service yet. A major reason why is that I have Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, next.fm and Play Music on my phone and tablet already. Oh, and an NPR app. Not to sound jaded, I’m just wondering what Amazon is bringing to the game that isn’t already in play?

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Two things, one good and one bad. It’s free (with Prime Membership) - that’s good. However, there is a limited selection of songs compared to other music major streaming music services, about 1/20th of the selection on Spotify for example. 


One thing that I haven’t seen mentioned is that Amazon will automatically rip music that you have physically bought through Amazon. When I was writing this I just went to the site, and it automatically added a Death in Vegas album that I must have bought in the late 90s. I don't have a clue where that CD is, but it was a nice surprise. That is probably the best feature of this service. 

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Jhotz has it right in terms of what makes it different. I think we'll see the selection of music improves as time goes by and more and more people start using the service.

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