Lost in the introduction of Amazon’s Alexa products to Canada was the opening of the taps to the company’s streaming music service in this country. Yeah, I missed it, too. It wasn’t until reader Mikhail pointed this out in an email last night. He was trying to bail on Amazon’s relentless marketing at him when he was lured back in with this pop-up.
Free streaming? With no ads? On any device including iPhones? Damn! That sounds like a pretty good deal–until you consider that Spotify, Apple, Google and the rest of them have libraries of over 35 million songs. Still, though. Free...
I logged into Amazon, clicked on Your Prime and got this.
Clicking through resulted in this screen.
And clicking “Listen Now” brought up this interface.
Clicking around, I found the best place to start was “Stations.”
I went with “90’s Alternative” and the first song that came up was Blind Melon’s “No Rain” followed by No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak.” This is where the limitations of the free service came clear. Although the audio was lovely and clear,
there’s no ability to skip songs, not even once and you can skip songs–at least a few per hour (I haven’t tried to see what the maximum number of skips might be). The number of stations (i.e. playlists) is limited, too.
But still, free. And no ads.
Wanna give it a spin and tell me what you think?