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Play music from Amazon's cloud or your device

Amazon Music allows you to listen to your Amazon music collection on your mobile device. What's more, Amazon Prime users can stream and download music for free, from a collection of more than one million tracks and playlists.

What can you do with Amazon Music?

The app lets you access your Amazon Music collection wherever you go, allowing you to download or stream music you've purchase on Amazon, be it MP3s or CDs. You can also play any music that you have stored locally on your device. The app gives you the ability to download music from your cloud library for offline playback.

The Amazon Music app includes access to the Store, which boasts an impressive selection of more than 28 million songs.

If you're an Amazon Prime member you'll get much more out of the Amazon Music app, since it lets you search for and download or stream music without ads. There's support for creating and editing playlists within the app, for any of the music you have in the app.

New adventures in Hi-Fi

Navigating around the Amazon Music app is hit and miss. All the various sections are housed in a slide-out panel on the left of the main window. From here you can access your library, store, and the settings menu.

There are some irritating things about the Amazon Music app, though. For instance, it's fiddly to switch a song from the one you're currently listening to, as you have to go right back out from the player window. Also, you can't skip songs manually on a playlist without heading back and resetting the shuffle settings.

You're forced to use portrait mode in the Amazon Music app, and the application hasn't been optimized well for Android tablets. There is a handy widget in the app though, that gives you some basic controls.

Not the best

Amazon Music is a mediocre audio player that is only really worth downloading if you have ordered lots of music through Amazon and/or you are an Amazon Prime subscriber.

If not, and if you want seamless access to great music try Spotify or Pandora. Better still, check out Google Play Music, which lets you play locally-stored music, as well as giving you unlimited access to online music through its All Access service.

PROS

  • Store and player integrated in the same app
  • Ability to stream or download tracks
  • Access to all music purchased through Amazon
  • Unlimited music service for Prime subscribers

CONS

  • Cumbersome to use at times
  • Portrait mode only
  • Below-par audio quality

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