Amazon Music 5.0 Adds SD Card Downloads, Android Wear Support, Artist Pages …

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Music now supports Android Wear, microSD storage.

Amazon is seemingly getting ready to expand Prime Music’s reach with an international expansion: The company is looking to launch its music subscription service to Germany, according to a report from local technology news website heise.de.The updated Android app now gives Prime Music users the ability to store streaming music tracks directly on their mobile device’s SD card for offline playback. That isn’t to say that it isn’t a popular app, just that it isn’t on the same level of popularity as options like Spotify, Play Music Unlimited, Slacker Radio, and Pandora. Screenshots show that Amazon is promising German users access to more than one million songs, which would mean that the service will launch with about the same catalog size as in the U.S.

The offline playback option is handy, as it allows you to listen to your collection of tracks from Prime Music’s over a million songs while traveling, or anywhere else you may not have an internet connection. Lyric support, which is already available in the United States, has now also been added to the UK version, allowing users direct access to lyrics for thousands of songs.

But without support for SD cards – a common way to expand the storage space on Android devices – users were limited in how many songs they could tote around at any given time. That’s even more true now then just a few weeks ago as Amazon has just begun to send out an update that brings in some new features which might entice more users to give the app a try if they haven’t already. Alongside these updates, Amazon Music made a few other interface tweaks, including the addition of a “New to Prime” tab in Prime Music showing the newest arrivals, and a “Popular” tab that displays the top charts for songs, albums and playlists.

With its comparably small catalog, Prime Music is positioning itself somewhere between free music services like Pandora and premium paid services like Spotify and Apple Music. Previously users could use the default music controls for the standard pause/play and back/forward music functions, but new Wear-specific functions in the app allow your to browse for new music on your watch without touching your phone.

Now consumers with an Android Wear-powered smartwatch can manage music right from their wrists, including controlling the playback of the songs they may already be listening to. Though Amazon Music today still has a smaller catalog of tracks than rivals like iTunes or Spotify, it’s a service that’s been steadily improving over time, as Amazon scores exclusives, streamlines its software, challenges Pandora with its own “Prime Stations,” and more. The service is also closely tied in with Amazon’s device ecosystem, including its Fire tablet, the Fire TV streaming devices and Amazon’s Echo loudspeaker and personal assistant. The update packs Prime Music artist detail pages that – like other streaming services – show an artist’s top songs, albums, photos, stations, and more.

Another new tab that was added in this latest update is called “popular music” which as the tab’s name suggests, is for helping users find music that’s popular from various categories.

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