Amazon Prime Music: What is it and how does it differ from Music Unlimited?
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(Pocket-lint) – Amazon has finally introduced its own UK music streaming service. This is a limited service that is free for Amazon Prime users – members don’t need to pay extra to access it.
It does not directly attack Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer. This is the role of Amazon Music Unlimited, which costs extra per month.
What is Amazon Prime Music?
Prime Music offers over two million music tracks or albums to stream on the Internet or download for offline listening without having to purchase them.
You can listen to playlists put together by the Prime team, or just find tracks or albums. Some are suggested through a “recommended” area that highlights albums based on tracks you may have purchased from Amazon before or listened to recently.
There are also popular song or album charts based on what others are listening to. Finally, songs, albums and playlists new to the platform are highlighted for you to try. All Prime Music content is searchable.
How much does it cost ?
Prime Music is an added benefit for Amazon Prime members. This means that the annual price of £79 (or £7.99 per month) paid by UK members also includes unlimited music streaming. In the United States, the subscription costs $139 per year or $14.99 per month.
Prime membership offers unlimited one-day delivery of millions of items, access to all streaming movies and TV shows available on Amazon Prime Video, unlimited cloud photo storage through Prime Photos and Prime Music, too, all under one subscription.
Regardless of Prime delivery or Prime Photos, the annual cost of Prime including Music and Amazon Prime Video is great value.
Amazon Prime members can invite other family members (up to one additional adult and four children) to share their Prime benefits as part of an Amazon household, but Prime Music is not included.
What is it available on?
Prime Music is available on any device with access to an Amazon Music app. This app will also be able to play any digital music you have purchased from Amazon and currently stored in the cloud (or downloaded to the device). It also has a dedicated section for Prime Music content.
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But where is the catch?
It all sounds too good to be true, and compared to services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and the like, it kinda is. Prime Music is nowhere near the same amount of content available to stream or download for offline listening. That’s why Amazon Music Unlimited exists: check out our guide on that.
Written by Rik Henderson and Dan Grabham. Edited by Luke Baker.