Curious Prime customers who have had a chance to try Amazon’s Prime Music may have found the service a little lacking in terms of selection, as its catalog consists of around a million songs, while incumbents like Spotify and Beats boast well over 20 million.
That’s a shortcoming of which Amazon is well aware, and apparently actively working to fix. Today, the retail giant announced the addition of “hundreds of thousands” of songs to Prime Music, including albums from artists like Deadmau5, Shakira, Linkin Park, and Elvis.
The press release names a few others:
David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Skrillex, John Coltrane and many more
Amazon has also released “hundreds” of new curated playlists for everyone to enjoy on the service.
The additions are not nearly enough to close the offering gaps between Prime Music and competitors, but Amazon never positioned it as an alternative to subscription music services – it remains strictly a benefit for Amazon Prime subscribers, nothing more.
With that being said, content from Universal Music Group and songs newer than six months old couldn’t hurt.