Prime members on Amazon will now have access to a larger music catalog on the platform along with ad-free listening to the best podcasts.
It’s worth noting that earlier in the year, the company raised the price of a premium membership from $119 to $139 but made up for the price hike by adding more benefits to the plan like the Grubhub+ membership.
Amazon announced that Prime members can now upgrade from access to 2 million expertly curated songs to listening to all 100 million Amazon Music songs in shuffle mode without any ads.
According to the company, the new update will allow users to play any artist, album or playlist in shuffle mode along with some on-demand All-Access playlists.
The new update will also allow users to have ad-free access to the best podcasts from CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and ESPN such as Dr. Death”, “SmartLess” and “Even the Rich”.
Users can now listen to Amazon originals such as “MrBallenPodcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories,” “Suspect: Vanished in the Snow,” “COLD Season Three: The Search for Sheree,” and the premiere of “Baby, That Keke Palmer.” From NOPE actress Kiki Palmer.
Also, Amazon will have a new interface for podcast previews, which allows users to listen to short clips of the show, while scrolling through them to discover new content.
Notably, podcast apps like Snpid have taken advantage of AI-powered short previews to enhance podcast discovery.
Users who aren’t interested in the virtual Amazon Music experience included with their Prime membership can switch to Amazon Prime Unlimited for $8.99 per month or $89 per year.
Prime Unlimited gives users access to all songs on demand in HD (16bit/44.1kHz) and UHD 24bit/44.1 to 192kHz) quality across all devices.
This premium layer also offers millions of songs in spatial audio format.