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

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Samuel Axon

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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.

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The app is free to download but an Amazon account is required to access the content. That content includes both shows and movies that stream free with Amazon Prime Video, as well as buying and renting from Amazon’s entire catalog. In fact, there’s a prominently placed toggle button labeled “Free to Me” in the top-right corner of the app. Checking this means you’ll only see free content with Prime.

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

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Aside from the fact that the Mac platform has a history and culture of native apps and said apps can be a bit cool to use in some minor ways, the main advantage of using this native app is that it supports the local Allows to download episodes. The machine is just like the mobile app does—ideal for preparing for long flights and other periods when you can be away from fast, reliable internet.

The release of a streaming-video native app on the Mac is unusual, given that most people watching streaming networks like Amazon Prime Video do so via the Web, which is regarded as the lead platform by most streaming companies. But the downloading capability seems to be the main reason for the existence of this app.

Before now, it wasn’t possible to download Amazon Prime Video content to a Mac—it was only possible on an iPhone or iPad. And the Amazon Prime Video mobile app was not among the various iPhone and iPad apps that were downloadable and usable on the M1 Mac.

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

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