Amazon Prime Music has officially landed in India, ending months of anticipation and waiting from users in the country. The streaming service actually arrived a few months ago with the launch of the Echo in the nation, but it was only available for customers who had bought the smart speakers.
This state of affairs is now over as Amazon Prime Music is available to everyone, as long as they’re also Prime members. The company isn’t rolling out its music service as a separate entity, so individuals will have to pay Rs 999 per year to get access to it through a Prime subscription.
This is a good value-for-money deal, as having a Prime subscription also allows for free deliveries and ad-free access to movies and TV shows via the Prime Video app. Rivals such as Google Play Music and Apple Music charge more and offer just music streaming. This is where Amazon could succeed, especially given the fact that it’s arrived so late in the game.
Amazon Prime Music has a healthy mix of songs and albums at launch, in languages including Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Punjabi, Hindi, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, English, Marathi, Rajasthani, Telugu, and Bengali. Individuals can select their preferred tongues when setting up the app.
Prime Music currently offers a wide range of playlists as well, ranging from Retro Tamil to Divine Bhajans. Alexa is on hand to play songs as per commands such as “Play 60s Bollywood songs” or “Play Workout mix.” Offline downloading is also available so users can continue listening to music even when there’s no data.