According to Cowen & Co., Amazon Prime’s U.S. membership is about 49.5 million people. The third-party analysis is based on a panel of 2,500 U.S. consumers, since Amazon has not explicitly shared its Prime data.[read more]
Amazon announced new month-by-month options for how its users can access Prime membership perks and its streaming video features. The entire Prime service can still be bought as an annual subscription for $99, but now is also available for $10.99 a month. That alone is a marked shift in Amazon’s model, but it has also made the Prime Video streaming service available as a standalone for $8.99 a month.[read more]
The holiday shopping period is usually a gold rush for retailers, and Amazon is no different. The company issued a press release with some key points from its December performance, and it revealed not just powerhouse results from the shipping and retail departments, but a surprisingly strong outcome for Prime Music as well.[read more]
Amazon Prime is the latest major company to add a concerts and live performance angle to its streaming service. It has made Qello Concerts available as an a la carte channel for its Prime members. Qello is an initial member of the Amazon Partners Streaming Program, which brings a la carte third-party video content to the platform. What might this signal about Amazon's longer-term entertainment plans?[read more]
It has been a very busy year for Alphabet (née Google). Not only has the company undergone a major reorganization and rebranding, but its various entertainment properties have been putting down roots, entrenching themselves for the long journey to becoming the top dogs. The latest development comes from YouTube, which The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reports is working on building up its video offerings to include licensed movies and TV shows.[read more]
Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web: Amazon Prime may roll out in India; assessing Azoff's ammo against YouTube; in-car listening as public performance?[read more]
Amazon’s head of digital music and video has departed the company. Bill Carr has spent 15 years with the online retailer, and was at the helm when the company entered the markets for both online music and streaming video. He was responsible for launching Amazon’s streaming music service for customers with Prime memberships.[read more]
REVIEW by Brad Hill
Amazon's gleaming-new music subscription service stepped into the market today, and we dove in quickly for a test drive.
Prime Music feels like a beta service on its first morning. We found problems with playing music, and an unwieldy system for streaming whole songs, albums, and playlists, which should be easy in an on-demand streaming service. The catalog is demonstrably small, with obvious voids in which one's listening hopes are extinguished.
But all this might not matter to the intended audience, which is (for now, at least) existing Amazon Prime members. As of today, Prime Music is instantly one of the largest music subscription services in the world.[read more]
Rumor turned to reality fast, as yesterday's reports of an imminent Prime Music launch came true this morning. With Amazon Prime membership estimated between 10-million and 20-million existing subscribers, Prime Music instantly becomes one of the largest subscription music services in the world.[read more]
Rumor might be turning to reality once again -- soon. Amazon's purported new music service will launch this week, according to reports.[read more]
Amazon, long rumored to be formulating a streaming-music service, will reportedly launch one this summer with a catalog of non-current music. The music service will be bundled into Amazon Prime, a subscription-only plan that cobbles together on-demand streaming movies, TV shows, and free two-day shipping of Amazon products.[read more]
Amazon is reportedly negotiating with music labels about an Amazon-branded music service. According to Recode's sources, the talks are not flying along because Amazon is asking for more favorable licensing terms than those negotiated by music-only services.[read more]