Amazon Prime Music Review From a Kindle Fire HD 7” User and Prime Member
I have always been a big fan of Amazon, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the new Amazon Prime Music that was released on June 12, 2014. I began receiving prime services when I was a college student and decided to continue the service because of all the great benefits that come along with it, including free two day shipping, movies and television shows, and Kindle book rentals. I decided to give the latest service a try since I have been relying on Pandora to satisfy my music needs at work for the past few months.
Getting the Music to Play on the Kindle Fire HD 7”
I don’t know if it was just me or my Kindle was out of date, but I really struggled to get the music app to update so that I could play the songs I selected from Amazon Prime Music. Every time I added a song to my library, I would launch the app and it was nowhere to be found. I tried several things before going to the Kindle support section of the site to see if my software just needed to be updated, although this should have been happening automatically anyway.
After a couple of minutes of downloading, my Kindle Fire HD 7” was ready to go. With much anticipation, I clicked on my music tab and there it was! Finally, all of the songs I had selected showed up and I was able to listen to them.
My experience could have just been a fluke and it also could have been my fault for not having a certain setting turned on so that my device automatically updated. If you do run into this problem for some reason, go to the Amazon website from your Kindle and download the most recent software – that should fix the problem.
- No advertisements
- Pre-made playlists, full albums, and individual songs
- On-screen lyrics
- Available through Amazon Music app
The Music Selection
To be fair, Amazon Prime Music is still a very new feature; therefore, it is not going to have as extensive of a list as some other services are, such as Spotify. Also, you may or may not like the service based on the genres of music you enjoy listening to. For instance, if you like a lot of the top 40 music that is played on pop radio stations, then you may be a little let down.
Luckily for me, I enjoy listening to alternative and rock music, as well as some country, older pop, and various other things. Simply put, I can be satisfied with a wide range of music and that has made me appreciate a lot of songs from across all genres. When I got my first look at the songs available for free through this new service, I was very satisfied. I’ve already read a lot of reviews where people are unsatisfied, but I had no problem clicking on 20 or more songs in just the first few pages I looked at.
Here are some of the gems I found:
- “Wish You Were Here” by Incubus
- “Rope” by Foo Fighters
- “The Call” by Backstreet Boys
- “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore
- “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert
- “Out of My League” by Fitz & The Tantrums
X-Ray Lyrics: A Nice Bonus Feature
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the lyrics to each song are displayed in karaoke style when I’m listening through Amazon Prime Music. I think this is a great feature, especially since there always seems to be at least one part of every song where I can’t figure out what the singer is actually saying. Bye bye mystery lyrics!
Which music service do you prefer?
Song Sound Quality
My Kindle Fire HD 7” typically offers really good sound quality, but I must say that some of the songs I chose don’t sound as crisp or high quality as others that I have actually purchased. This doesn’t really bother me much since sound quality has come a long way over the past decade or so, but it was a difference that I wanted to mention. You may find that your device sounds better or worse, depending on what technology you have and how sensitive your ears are. I wouldn’t let this be a deal breaker, though. Any free music is good music, in my opinion!
Put that Song on Repeat!
I admit it – I’m one of those people who plays the same song over, and over, and over again sometimes. Whenever I used to listen to Pandora and a song I really enjoyed came on, I would be sad because I would have to go to YouTube or somewhere else to the listen to the song again. Thankfully, Amazon Prime Music allows you to press the repeat button so that you can play the same song over as many times as you want. If you ever walk into my office at work and hear “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled for the 50th time, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I’m honestly excited about having this new service available to me. I use my Kindle frequently because I download all of my graduate school textbooks through it, as well as check email and surf the web when I’m out and about. Now that I have this wonderful addition to my membership, I can enjoy some of my favorite songs when I’m sitting at the office or hanging out in a waiting area.
I continue to be satisfied with the services Amazon provides to their members and I feel that this addition is just another great part of the package. Now, I wouldn’t become an Amazon Prime member solely for the music services because that would be a waste of your money, but if you shop online frequently and like to stream movies and TV shows through Netflix, then you may want to consider switching. I’m able to get all of that in one place for $99 a year, which comes out to $8.25 each month – not a bad deal at all!