Amazon Music Update: Prime Music Streaming Allows Offline Playback, SD Card
Nov 01 2015
While Amazon Music is not one of the top choices when it comes to online music streaming, the fledgling music app is taking a different route by integrating its services into the Android Wear platform. Amazon has added a very important feature for its Prime Music users.
The latest Android Wear support will allow the users to browse the Amazon Music app as well as control the playback from their wrist.
The app is completely free for use and browse, and the non-Prime subscribers can buy individual songs or albums from their Amazon account. SD card support isn't exactly nonexistent in 2015, but it's definitely on the downtrend, with many phones - including the latest in the Samsung Galaxy line - going with a more iPhone-like unibody build that leaves little room for things like extra slots and replaceable batteries. Lyrics support is also now available beyond the U.S.to include the UK, too. This makes discovering new music to listen to that much easier.
Amazon Prime has that now and it is not the only interesting update. Small perks, to be sure, but Prime Music has to pull out whatever stops it can to get ahead in this market.
While we don't think the Amazon App Store will ever be able to compete head-to-head with Google Play, the company has made some significant strides over the past few years. They've also introduced Prime Stations to go head to head with streaming radio services, and this most recent update also added a "New to Prime" section to put a spotlight on the music Amazon has been acquiring for the service.
Finally, Amazon updated the app to gain the ability to store songs on the microSD card for offline playing. In addition, the software upgrade also features browsing and playback support from Android Wear products.