Amazon’s new Prime Video app for Mac enables local downloads on the desktop

Enlarge / The Amazon Prime Video app for macOS.

Samuel Axon

Amazon has released a Prime Video app that runs natively on Mac. The app offers many of the same features as the mobile app, but is available in the Mac App Store.

The app is free to download but requires an Amazon account to access content. This content includes both shows and movies streamed for free with Amazon Prime Video, as well as purchases and rentals across Amazon’s catalog. In fact, there is a prominent toggle button titled “Free for me” in the top right corner of the app. If you check this box, you will only see free content with Prime.

The app is divided into Home, Store, Search, Downloads, and My Stuff tabs.

Besides the fact that the Mac platform has a history and culture of native apps, and said apps can be a bit more enjoyable to use in some minor ways, the main benefit of using this native app is that it allows episodes to be downloaded from the site just like the mobile application, ideal for preparing for long flights and other times when you might be away from a fast and reliable internet connection.

It’s unusual for a native video streaming app to be released on the Mac, given that most people who watch streaming networks like Amazon Prime Video do so through the web, which is considered the primary platform by the world. Most streaming companies. But the download capability seems to be the main reason for the existence of this app.

Previously, it was not possible to download Amazon Prime Video content on a Mac, it was only possible on iPhone or iPad. And the Amazon Prime Video mobile app was not among the various iPhone and iPad apps that can be downloaded and used on Mac M1s.

The Amazon Prime Video app for Mac requires macOS Big Sur or later.

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