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Underrated Aspects of Amazon Prime

Updated on October 2, 2017
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Emily is a free spirit who manages her own website, Erratic Ramblings. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics.

Let's say you've been on the fence about signing up for yet another online service. This time, it's Amazon Prime you're considering, and you've been asking yourself all sorts of questions. Is the free shipping really worth it? Would shipping costs even add up to the amount I'm spending on the program? What other reasons would I have to sign up? Is Prime really worth the money, and do the benefits outweigh the cost?

Amazon Prime has been around for over ten years now; it's nothing new. Yet, it seems the only thing people associate with it is the free, two-day shipping. If people do happen to think of a different association, it's usually Prime Video. The program has a lot more to offer, though. We're going to focus on these underrated and underappreciated aspects.

Prime Photos

Taking photographs of moments we want to remember forever is a beloved tradition. In today's world of technology, though, we're faced with the dilemma of finding a place to store all these digital memories. Sure, we could print them all off, but then what do we do with them? Storing them on memory sticks and hard drives is an option, but they get to be expensive after awhile. What about storing them online?

Online storage is a hot commodity these days. Between Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, and the countless other options at your fingertips, how do you know which one to use? Well, if you're considering signing up for Prime anyway, look no further. Amazon offers unlimited photo storage for up to five people. Yes, you read that correctly, unlimited storage.

Prime Photos automatically sorts photographs by date, location, type, and content. However, if you want to make it more personalized, it also gives you the ability to create your own albums. The program has apps for both Android and IOS phones, not to mention your computer desktop, making it incredibly simple to upload photos at any time. Plus, because it's connected to the rest of Amazon, ordering prints is as simple as clicking a few buttons.

It's worth mentioning that along with unlimited storage for photographs, Prime members get access to Amazon Drive. This program works similarly to the photo option but focuses on documents instead. If you've ever used Google Drive, then you'll already have a pretty good idea of how this version works. If you haven't, then it's fairly easy to learn and is a great option for storing documents you don't want to lose.

Prime Music

Music listening is another thing the online world has changed drastically. Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, and a variety of other online programs exist solely for the purpose of satisfying our music cravings. What a wonderful thing to have so many ways of filling our ears with the sounds we enjoy most. Yet, there's one program that does just this but is often forgotten.

Prime Music is another one of the underutilized aspects of Prime. With over 2 million songs ad-free and on-demand, the program is one worth considering even without a Prime membership. Not to mention, the program gives you an offline playback option - a perk you don't find nearly often enough with other internet-based music stations.

Similar to those other stations, however, Prime Music does offer a student discount. It also gives you the opportunity to create your own playlists, skip as many songs as you'd like, and listen to your music on any supported device. Amazon also has pre-made playlists you can listen to if you don't have time to create your own just yet or you simply don't want to do so.

Audible and Prime Reading

Many people are familiar with Amazon Kindle and the countless reading materials available. Fewer people are familiar with Prime Reading. This program works with Kindle but doesn't require it, which means any Prime member can take advantage of it. Plus, with the availability of the Kindle app on a plethora of devices, you can take your reading with you even if you don't have an e-reader.

Prime Reading includes a variety of reading materials so everyone can find something they'll enjoy. You'll find full works of fiction, entire magazines, and even Marvel comics. The layout of the program is easy to maneuver and downloading your materials is fairly straightforward. Plus, everything is stored in your library, which makes it simple to access it from your Kindle or from your Kindle app.

If you enjoy listening more than reading, you also have the option of using Audible. Audible is an app that lets you download and listen to a variety of audio content, from books to podcasts. It requires downloading the free app, but once you do, Prime Members have access to unlimited listening.

The inclusion of Audible as a Prime benefit is something that doesn't get talked about but really should. Audible has its own aspects you can pay for, but the amount of free items is overwhelming. You'd be hard-pressed to run out of options. Using the app can be a bit confusing at first, but once you have a sense of what you're doing, finding what you're looking for becomes much simpler.

Extra Costs

Amazon Prime has several other services and programs it offers. A full list can be found at the bottom of the main page or by clicking on the "more" button when viewing the benefits. However, it's wise to always read the fine print before delving too deep into any of these.

A few of the benefits have their own costs. They're included in Prime because members get discounts on the services, but they still cost extra. Amazon is good about making sure you're aware of the costs up front, and they usually offer some sort of free trial period. If you accidentally sign up for one of these, you should have no problem getting rid of it before the trial period is over.

If you're still on the fence about Prime, that's completely understandable. Signing up for any program or membership is something you should think through and take your time with before deciding. Head over to Amazon.com and take a look at the full list of benefits before you choose to commit to anything. If you do choose to sign up, make sure you take full advantage of all the benefits. It's worth it.

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