If you are contemplating a subscription to Amazon Prime, then you likely already know that the service provides free, 2-day shipping on thousands of items. What you may not know is that there are several other perks associated with a subscription. Although these extras may certainly be less attractive than free shipping, they could help you come to a decision with regards to whether or not you should pay the annual cost associated with Prime.
For many, Prime video may be the most attractive perk of Amazon’s service, next to free shipping, of course. Subscribers are given access to thousands of streaming television shows and movies. These can be watched on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or television when using a streaming device. Not all content is included in the subscription, however, and only those which are marked as being included in the service can be streamed.
Amazon Music is a similar feature, allowing members to stream thousands of different songs to qualifying devices. The Amazon music app will be needed to listen to music on some devices, bu this app is offered for free. The selection of available songs and albums is like the videos in that it is continually changing. However, there will always be thousands of options to choose from, and Prime members will be able to access all of the qualifying selections at no charge.
Prime Photos offers unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive to Amazon Prime members. Once stored in the cloud, photos can be accessed from just about anywhere, using any number of devices. Videos and other files may also be uploaded, and 5 GB of free storage space is provided for these. Contact Amazon if you have questions about the types of files that can be saved, or need help with accessing your photos and files from your devices.
If you own a Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet, or Fire phone, then you will be provided with access to the Lending Library. This Prime perk allows you to “borrow” books to read on any of the aforementioned devices. Electronic books can be checked out and returned, just as you would do if you visited an actual library. The same as with the other media mentioned here, not every book will qualify, but there are thousands to choose from and the selection is always changing.
Amazon does charge an annual fee for its Prime service, and it is important to ensure that the service pays for itself over the year. If you regularly purchase items from the site, and feel that you may want to make use of some of the media items mentioned above, then the Amazon Prime service may be perfect for you.