Amazon Music Only Plays One Song

On one hand, more than songs. On the other, more songs to shuffle through to find one you lot want.

Amazon Music Prime but multiplied its library by 50.
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Amazon Music Prime is calculation 98 1000000 songs to its ad-free subscription streaming service, significantly increasing its catalogue from 2 million tunes to 100 million. You’ll only exist able to play them on shuffle, though.

Appear today, Amazon Music Prime’south catalogue of songs just grew to l times its size, its track count at present matching that of its dedicated music streaming service Amazon Music Unlimited. It isn’t clear exactly what tracks are being added to Prime, just with such a large boost to the numbers there’s a skilful chance it will include a few songs y’all know. Information technology probably won’t exist 98 1000000 Gregorian chants, in any case.

Amazon Music Prime number comes bundled in your Amazon Prime subscription, so you may consider checking it out if yous’ve already signed up to stream
Rings of Ability
and get next-24-hour interval toilet paper deliveries. This enormous influx of potential bangers undercuts Amazon Music Unlimited’due south large library as one of its main selling points, potentially making the higher tier subscription less attractive to some.

However, Unlimited notwithstanding has something arguably more of import that Amazon Music Prime does non: the power to play specific songs on demand.

While Amazon Prime Music now has the same number of songs equally Amazon Music Unlimited, Prime number users won’t be able to choose a specific song they want to listen to. So if you lot want to jam to “Dream of You” by CHUNG HA (with R3HAB) for example — and you admittedly should — yous’ll have to shuffle play the K-pop artist’s album
and hope the RNG gods bless you. For worse odds, you could also shuffle play a playlist that includes the song you want, or shuffle play the artist’s whole catalogue.

This Amazon-mandated shuffling likewise means yous can’t listen to an album’s tracks in sequence, which is practically sacrilege to many music fans. In fact, concluding yr Spotify disabled its default motorcar-shuffle feature on Adele’s album
at the vocalizer’due south request, before also getting rid of information technology for all artists.

“This was the simply request I had in our always irresolute manufacture!” Adele tweeted at the fourth dimension. “We don’t create albums with so much intendance and thought into our runway listing for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to every bit we intended.”

As such, Amazon Prime Music isn’t your best option if you use Alexa and desire to control what specific tracks y’all play or listen to an anthology as the artist intended. You’d be meliorate off either shelling out $8.99 for an Amazon Music Ultimate subscription or sticking with i of the many streaming services that play overnice with Alexa, such every bit Spotify, Apple tree Music, or Pandora.

Amazon Prime Music’s shuffled music is also but available in standard definition, which is fine for the average user but may irritate audiophiles. In dissimilarity, Amazon Music Unlimited offers on-demand high definition music streaming — as well as some Ultra HD and Spatial audio tracks.

Amazon has also announced that Amazon Music Prime now has the largest option of ad-gratuitous shows evaluated as “top podcasts” by podcast database Podchaser. Ratings and reviews are factored in when determining this listing, which includes
Dr. Death,
SmartLess, and various Amazon Exclusive podcasts such equally
Killer Psyche Daily. Keke Palmer’s new podcast
Baby, this is Keke Palmer
is as well premiering today as an Amazon Sectional show.

Amanda Yeo is Mashable’s Australian reporter, covering amusement, culture, tech, science, and social good. This includes everything from video games and K-pop to movies and gadgets.

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