I saw the headlines, and knew from my inbox that Amazon was offering “Unlimited Music” as of, well, now. As someone who pays for Spotify, runs freebie Pandora on her Roku, and walked away from the Apple options ages ago, I have to say I was hyped!
So, I went through the “click here” stuff to start my 30-day-free-trial, that’s offered at least to those of us who are Amazon Prime customers, and started looking around. It was nice to see that my previous Amazon digital music purchases were updated to higher quality files. At some point, I’ll have to actually download those. But, this is about unlimited stuff, not what I already own, right?
Sure, the site works. It shows cute little pictures not unlike the ones I see on Spotify for music collections. Yes, it looks like I can start artist or track radio, like on Spotify and Pandora. But… Nothing plays!
There, ladies and gentlemen, is the equivalent of the blue screen of doom, in Amazon land. Yes, I did try – repeatedly. Different lists, waited. Waited some more. Still, nothing plays.
I even reduced the load on the WiFi, you know, to be fair. Maybe it was my fault, in spite of the fact that I know I can stream video on my television, my kid can play video games, my husband can stream video on him phone or Chromebook, and I can still work on my laptop – all on our WiFi at the same time. Yeah, I shut off video streaming, and stripped it down to just my laptop, since I’m the only one here anyway. Still, no dice.
So, as I’m writing this, I’m listening to my old standby, Spotify. Sure, I’ll go check and see if Amazon has straightened out their stuff later – maybe in a few days. Yes, I am putting a reminder on my calendar 30 days from now, though. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Amazon music won’t be as unlimited as they claim, and therefore not worth even the discounted rate they’re offering Prime folks, let alone the full $10 they’re wanting from everyone else.
Stay tuned, here, since you can’t tune in on Amazon, yet.
For those of you who are like me, and on Spotify, at least you can enjoy either the regular Subculture music list in the side column, or take a listen to the seasonal one – Halloween: