Amazon Prime Opens Up Its Record Vaults

Amazon both sweetens the deal for Prime members as well as music listeners willing to pay for its service a la carte.

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Just as Amazon Prime takes away some Prime perks, including Amazon Treasure Truck and Amazon Drive, it also is adding ones. And that could be literal music to the ears of millions of Amazon Prime members. And if you’re not a Prime member – maybe you canceled your membership because of the rising cost of Amazon Prime, you might also want to listen up.

Amazon Music this week told Amazon Prime members it has opened its vaults to give Prime members access to 100 million songs – Amazon’s full catalog – ad-free instead of the 2 million they had access to until this week. The additional music, plus access to most of Amazon’s top podcasts ad-free, comes at no additional cost to subscribers. Previously, the full catalog could only be accessed by paying for Amazon Music Unlimited.

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