Is Amazon’s Prime Music a Spotify Killer?

If you dont already know, Amazon just launched its “Prime Music” service for its premium Prime members.  Now, as a Prime member, you just don’t JUST get free two day shipping AND access to a large collection of free streaming TV shows and movies though its prime instant video service, but you also now have access to over a MILLION songs, streaming ad free, for no additional cost… except maybe for the recent $20 price hike in membership fees.
So, that said, is this a Spotify killer?  In short no.  Prime Music doesn’t have the depth (only 1 million songs compared to Spotify’s 20 million) nor does it have the accessibility ($100 a year for Prime when you can get Spotify for free) of the existing champ.  That said, if you are already a Prime member, you have just another reason to justify the now $100 cost of prime, and an additional avenue to get your music fix.  
I played around this morning with the service, and Amazon has made it easy to consume, a skill they have become very good at.  All you have to do is enter into the Prime Music section of Amazon to see a massive list of music and pre-selected play list.  Then simply add what you want, either as a playlist/album/song, launch your library either in the web app or mobile app, and you are good to go.  The music is just added to your library so you can make your own playlist and as a kicker, taking one from Spotify, you can download your music for offline use.  You can do this with Spotify but only as a premium member.
So although Amazon’s catalog is much shallower than Spotify’s, for a Prime subscriber this new music service offers a nice alternative to the king of music streaming.  I’m planning a long road trip this weekend to a family reunion (no wifi, spotty LTE coverage) so Im planning on creating several offline playlist to keep me and the wife entertained.
Have you seen enough to drop Spotify for Amazon’s Prime Music service?
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I wear my iPod Nano as a watch, and I love it.  It works suprisingly well as an everyday watch, the downsides being that you have to charge it, you have to press a button to turn it on, and it isnt waterproof, but honestly I got over all of that really quick.  Yes it looks really nerdy, but hey so do I.
The Nano watch concept really shines at the gym.  I see people with arm bands with their phones or iPods and it just seems awkward to change songs or check the pedometer, this is easily relieved by just moving all that to your wrist.  The issue here, is that you have to either run your headphones up your sleeve, or just have a chord hanging between your head and wrist which is begging to snag something and ruin your concentration or your headphones.  Herein lies the brilliance of SYRE.
SYRE is a Kickstarter project which integrates a Bluetooth transmitter into the iPod Nano watch design.  Now you can have the functionality and convenience of the Nano watch, with the ability to link to a Bluetooth headset for a no wire workout.  True, there are options out there to give your Nano Bluetooth, mainly dongles like this or this.  I even found another Bluetooth watch band, the incredibly fugly Kokkia I10s Watch.  None of these solutions are as elegant as the one proposed by the people of SYRE though.
If you are interested, $50 worth of support can get you one of their watchbands, not bad considering most of the dongles come in at that price range.  Check it out.
Kickstarter, via Uncrate
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Two Full Daft Punk Albums Remixed Into Chip-Tune Renditions? Listen To Them Right Here.

Seriously… they are right here:

You can also download the full run from Da Chips website.

Via The Creators Project

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Amazing bit of photography, the Nevermind baby 20 years later.  Original on the right for comparison, sorry for the baby D.  Its hard to  believe its been 20 years since this album came out (9/24/1991), granted I did not discover this album until middle school, a solid 4 years after its release and probably a year or so after Kurt Cobain was shot by Courtney Love committed suicide.  This was one of the albums that taught me what music could be… that and the inspiring Weird Al Yankovic “Off the Deep End”

Besides being an Awesome CD (seriously Airline Amy is an astounding piece of work) it provides a nice bookend to the post…
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