This is the first time that Amazon has ever revealed Prime membership numbers since the service was launched 13 years ago. The number of members now paying for an Amazon Prime subscription is over 100 million, meaning that over 100 million people around the world are also subscribed to Amazon Prime Music - Amazon's stripped back music streaming service packaged with Prime. Amazon Music "continues to grow fast and now has tens of millions of paid customers", he said.
Best known as an online retail colossus, Amazon has the leading system for hosting services or content in the cloud and is the force behind the Alexa digital assistant being built into a wide array of devices. The advantage of Prime subscribers is they can get free two-day shipping that the non-prime members don't get.
In a letter to shareholders on Wednesday, the retail giant's CEO wrote of the need to maintain "high standards" to keep pace with customers who are "divinely discontent". For instance, Amazon has and offers a highly successful cloud computing service, electronics (like the aforementioned smart speakers and tablets), groceries (both in-store and delivery) and, of course, video streaming, among many others.More news: Liquidation firms win bid for Bon-Ton
Jeff Bezos started with customer validation and shared how Amazon has been ranked on the top by its customers but is also the best place to work. Thirteen years since its launch, in 2017, Amazon shipped more than five billion items with Prime worldwide, and more new members joined Prime than in any previous year - both worldwide and in the United States, he said in a letter to Amazon's shareholders.
Amazon also claims to have created over 1.7 million direct and indirect jobs around the world.More news: McKayla Maroney: How Larry Nassar manipulated us with food
Looking ahead, Bezos also said he looks forward to upcoming Prime Original series such as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan starring John Krasinki, Anthony Hopkins-starring King Lear, The Romanoffs, Carnival Row, Good Omens, Homecoming and more.
"Unrealistic beliefs on scope - often hidden and undiscussed - kill high standards". Last year, the company debuted NFL Thursday Night Football on Prime Video, which garnered more than 18 million total viewers over 11 games. "High standards are contagious". Currently, the selection includes over 40 million local products from third-party sellers.More news: Elon Musk admits that humans are better than robots
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