Amazon is home to some truly wacky products. But beyond selling everything under the sun you could possibly want, it's also known for offering a little service called Amazon Prime. Most people sign up for the two-day delivery, but we're here to tell you just how many more perks you should be milking out of your subscription.
1. Read to your heart's desire for free.
Your Prime membership is basically like the library card of the future, because with it you can read unlimited books, magazines, and comics using the Kindle app. You used to be limited to one free Kindle book per month from the "Editor's Picks" list, but now they're unlimited, so go wild.
2. Store unlimited photos.
Face it, your phone doesn't have enough space for all of the snaps you want to keep. Good thing Prime members can archive all their photos on Amazon's cloud storage servers for (wait for it) free - and there's no limit. To do this, upload your pics through your web browser or your phone using their app.
3. Listen to music - sans ads.
Before you sign up for another streaming service (like Spotify or Tidal), you should know that through Amazon Prime you already have access to one. Prime Music offers a collection of two million songs and thousands of playlists to fill your ears with joy - minus those annoying commercials. That being said, if you want an even bigger music library, you can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited, to stream over ten million songs on all your devices for just $7.99 (it's $9.99 for non-Prime users).
4. Watch exclusive binge-worthy shows.
You might have heard of a little show called Transparent. It's one of Amazon's original programs from their Prime Video service, which is available to all subscribers. But outside of exclusive television, you can also watch movies and shows from other networks including Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and even HBO's entire back catalog.
5. Entertain yourself from the sky.
Attention nervous flyers: If you find yourself freaking out even when there's little to no turbulence, you should probably bring distractions with you while you're in the air - and Prime members who fly JetBlue can watch their Amazon content during flights for free.
6. Grocery shop from your couch.
If your fridge is always empty, because you just can't find the time to shop, pay attention: Amazon Pantry lets you order your food from your computer and get it delivered to your door. Granted, this service does cost $5.99 per 45-pound box, but as a Prime member you have access to bonus items the rest of the public doesn't.
7. Shop members-only discounts.
For starters, there's MyHabit (a website that offers discounts on designer clothing and home goods) and then there's Amazon Elements (a line of items that the company considers staples thanks to customer reviews). But Prime members also get 30 minutes early access to Lightning Deals.
8. Get deals on new video games.
You heard that right, gamers. You can get 20% off of new games if you order them when they're still at the pre-order stage or within the first two weeks after they're released. Even if you don't like to pull out the controller to unwind, this is a handy tip to keep in mind for gift giving.
9. Take advantage of two-hour delivery.
It's called Prime Now and, depending on the lines at your local grocery store, might be the fastest way to grab last-minute goods. The only bummer is it's only available for customers in select locations. Need it in one hour? That's also an option for a $7.99 fee - making whatever you need at your fingertips.
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