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What is Amazon Music Unlimited and how does it work?
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(Pocket-lint) – Amazon Music Unlimited is Amazon’s music streaming service, competing with Spotify and AppleMusic . The HD version is no longer paid for and is included in the main subscription.
Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Music Unlimited, including how much it costs, where it’s available, whether it’s ad-free, how it works, and what features it offers.
What is Amazon Music Unlimited?
Amazon Music Unlimited is an on-demand music streaming platform that works similarly to Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. It offers access to a huge library of over 75 million songs and podcasts, as well as the ability to add your own music. Just like its rivals, it lets you access thousands of curated playlists and radio stations to help you discover music.
It’s available to everyone, but there’s an incentive price for customers who already subscribe to Amazon Prime.
How much does Amazon Music Unlimited cost?
- £7.99/month or £79/year for Prime members
- £9.99/month for non-Prime members
- £3.99/month Echo Subscription
- £14.99/month or £149/year Family plan
- £4.99/month for students
Amazon Music Unlimited is available to Amazon Prime members for £79 per year in the UK or $79 per year in the US. Alternatively, you can pay monthly for £7.99/$7.99.
This makes it cheaper than its two closest rivals, Apple Music and Spotify, which both charge £9.99 per month for their similar services (Spotify has an ad-supported free tier, of course). However, if you don’t have an Amazon Prime subscription, it costs the same – £9.99 per month.
An Amazon Prime membership costs £79 a year in the UK and $99 in the US, but gets you free next day delivery on millions of items (even same day on many, depending on your location). You also get access to Amazon Prime Video, Prime Reading and many other incentives.
As we mentioned above, Amazon Music HD does not cost more and is included in the main subscription. Amazon Music HD features over 50 million HD songs, with 16-bit bit depth and 44.1kHz sample rate (similar to CD quality). Plus, you can stream millions of songs in Ultra HD (yes, he really decided to use that name, but it means lossless sound so better than CD quality) up to 24-bit/192kHz.
If you own an Amazon Echo device, you can get the full Amazon Music Unlimited service for just £3.99 ($3.99) a month to play on a single Echo device – with or without a Prime subscription. Amazon offers several Echo models, all of which you can compare in our separate feature. There’s also a student plan for £4.99 ($4.99) per month whether you’re a Prime member or not.
Amazon Music Unlimited also offers a family plan. It allows up to six people to have their own individual account for £14.99 / $14.99 a month if you’re not a Prime subscriber, putting it on par with the family plan option from Apple Music and the family plan from Spotify. Prime members can take advantage of the annual family plan for £149/$149 a year, which is a two-month discount.
How do I sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited?
Go to the Amazon Music Unlimited website here (for UK) or here (for US).
You can sign up for a 30-day free trial first, whether you’re a Prime member or not.
You will need to register using your Amazon login credentials and authorize Amazon to charge your default card or another card on file after your trial ends. Your subscription renews monthly, but you can cancel the renewal at any time by visiting your Amazon Music settings here (for UK) or here (for US) .
If you use Echo, simply ask Alexa on your Echo device of choice to start your trial of Amazon Music Unlimited.
Where is Amazon Music Unlimited available?
Amazon Music Unlimited is available in UK, USA, Germany, Canada, France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil.
What devices work with Amazon Music Unlimited?
Amazon Music Unlimited is accessible through the Amazon Music app for Fire, iOS, and Android devices, as well as Mac and PC. You can also access it through a web player in your browser and through the company’s Echo devices.
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You can also stream music through a Sonos system or Roku media streamer. Amazon has even allowed music to be streamed in some cars, including BMW, Ford, and Mini.
How does Amazon Music Unlimited work?
Amazon Music Unlimited is similar to Apple Music and Spotify in that it offers millions of songs you can listen to on demand, ad-free. It also offers an algorithm-based recommendation engine and hand-picked playlists, and you can access it through mobile apps and the web.
To ask to Alexa
Amazon is pushing the integration of its Music Unlimited service with Echo and voice assistant Alexa. Not only do Echo owners have access to a cheaper version of the service (available on one Echo device at a time), but they can request songs using just their voice. They can stream a specific song, artist, album, or playlist, and Alexa can even retrieve an artist’s “latest song” or play music based on mood, time, activity, etc.
Alexa can also find songs from lyric snippets. Although the discounted Echo plan is limited to one device (you cannot use it on your phone, PC, tablet, or even more than one Echo device), it offers all the same features, including the complete music catalog and recommendations. If Echo owners don’t get Music Unlimited, Amazon’s Prime Music service is available with a library of two million songs.
Side by side
Amazon Music Unlimited has a unique feature called Side-by-Side. It synchronizes artists’ comments with their catalog racks. It includes artists like The Chainsmokers, Jason Aldean, Lindsey Stirling, Norah Jones, OneRepublic and Kongos.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Luke Baker.