Amazon’s latest broadside in its war on Spotify and Apple comes in the form of themed radio Stations.
Prime Stations features genre and decade-specific options as well as stations dedicated to individual groups and artists, including Bruno Mars, Rita Ora, Katy Perry and everyone’s favourite NWOBHM band Iron Maiden.
These are just a few of the ‘hundreds’ of thankfully ad-free Prime Stations, now available to Prime Music subscribers via Amazon Music apps iOS, Android, Kindle, PC and Mac. You can personalise stations Last.fm-style by giving songs a thumbs up or a thumbs down. If a particularly risible song turns up in the playlist you’ve also got the power to skip it as well as giving it the thumbs down.
Related: How can I watch Amazon Prime on TV?, Amazon Fire TV (2015 edition) reviewSteve Bernstein, director, EU Digital Music at Amazon said: “Whether customers are on the move, at work or entertaining, there’s no shortage of choice with hundreds of Prime Music Stations to choose from.
“And with the skip, thumbs up and thumbs down functions, customers can take full control of their stations and adapt them to their music tastes.”
Like Prime Video, Prime Music is another value added service that’s included with a £79/year Amazon Prime membership. Unlike Prime Video, which can also be had on its own for £5.99/month, you can’t sign up for Prime Music as a standalone service.
Another feature recently launched on Prime Music is X-Ray Lyrics. Available on Kindle, Fire TV, iOS and Android devices, X-Ray Lyrics lets Prime Music listeners seamlessly follow along to lyrics onscreen on tens of thousands of tracks while songs are playing.