Amazon Prime Music finally inks deal for Universal catalog

UMG logo rectangle canvasAmazon Prime Music announced that it has licensed Universal’s catalog for listeners in the UK and U.S. Music by Universal artists will be added to Prime’s curated playlists. The deal covers many top 40 and popular artists, as well as a selection of jazz and classical albums.

“We are pleased to make a selection of our catalogue available on Prime Music,” said Francis Keeling, Universal Music Group’s global head of digital business. “With Amazon’s tremendous reach and consumer appeal, we are delighted to build on our relationship by making Universal Music’s world-class artists available to Amazon Prime members.”

It’s a big get for the shipping company’s media aspirations. It was able to launch in June 2014, but it only had deals with Warner and Sony at that point. If you’re not familiar with this platform, you can read Brad Hill’s review of the full Prime Music service, or check out our Test Drive of the iOS radio feature.

Anna Washenko