Amazon Prime Music is one of those little perks of Prime membership that may be nice to have, but that you don’t necessarily take advantage of regularly. Today, it becomes a more complete service that you’re more likely to use – because it’s getting music from Universal Music Group, the lone major label conglomerate that has refused to ink a deal with Amazon.
When the service launched well over a year ago, Amazon had deals with Sony and Warner but not Universal. In real-world terms, that meant masses of music that Amazon didn’t have, but that its competitors, like Spotify, Google Play Music, and Apple Music, did.
What do you get now with your subscription now? From Amazon’s release:
Starting today, Prime Music will now include select albums from Universal Music artists such as Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5, Of Monsters and Men, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Drake, Lorde, Jessie J and Eminem, among others. In addition, a wide selection of popular Jazz and Classical albums from Universal Music artists will now be available for Prime members to enjoy.
It’s not time to ditch your Spotify account just yet, though. Amazon Prime Music has some limitations to its licensing deals which might keep you from using it all the time. It’s not going to have the newest and freshest catalogue. But once again, it’s free with your Prime account. And free is a hard price to argue with.