Amazon adds more free music for Prime subscribers

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If you felt that Amazon Prime’s free music selection didn’t have enough Skrillex before, your prayers have been answered.

Amazon says it’s adding “hundreds of thousands of songs” to Prime Music, including selections from David Guetta, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5 and—for better or worse—Skrillex. The company’s also digging into back catalogs with music from Ella Fitzgerald, Al Green and Miles, among others.

Along with the extra tunes, Amazon’s adding hundreds of playlists such as “Rainy Day Jazz” and “Bass Drops and Fist-Pumps.”

Prime Music launched in June as a new feature of Amazon’s $99 per year subscription service. It includes more than 1 million songs with no ads, which sounds like a lot, but it’s no comparison to standalone services like Spotify, which offers more than 20 million tracks. As such, it’s more of a supplement to an existing music collection than a replacement for your entire catalog.

As TechCrunch points out, Amazon still doesn’t have the support of Universal—one of the three major record labels—whose catalog includes Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kanye West. That’s not changing with this week’s expansion.

But as a “nice to have” feature for Prime subscribers—who also get free two-day shipping, along with access to services like Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library—it’s at least getting a little bit nicer. Amazon’s Music app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon devices such as the Kindle Fire and Fire phone.

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