Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access to tens of millions of songs, works seamlessly with Amazon Echo and Fire TV, is available to Prime members for a discount, and is currently offering a free trial. Read on for a breakdown of just what it is and why it’s worth checking out.
In 2016, Amazon launched its Music Unlimited service, marking its official entrance into the full-service, on-demand streaming game. But before that, there was Prime Music. Both services exist separately and coexist peacefully. So what’s the difference?
Prime Music is included, at no additional cost, with a Prime membership. It gets you access to a couple million songs, Alexa integration capabilities, and offline playback. Amazon Music Unlimited is not included in Prime, also has offline playback, has a way bigger library—tens of millions of songs—and a much more robust set of Alexa voice commands.
But no discussion of streaming music is complete without Spotify. How does Amazon Music Unlimited stack up against the king of music streaming services? Well, Amazon Music Unlimited has surpassed the size of Spotify’s library with over 60 million tracks, and they offer other perks: like much better Alexa integration and cheaper prices if you’re already a Prime member (and even cheaper if you’re a Prime member who’ll just be using Echo or Fire TV).
After the 30-day Amazon Music Unlimited free trial, it’s $9.99/month for non-Prime members and $7.99 for Prime members. The best deal, though, is the Single Device Plan, which lets you use Amazon Music Unlimited on an Echo speaker or Fire TV for only $3.99/month.
Which brings us to what may be Amazon Music Unlimited’s best selling point: it’s very impressive integration with Alexa-powered devices. Alexa, the AI technology coupled with many Amazon products, is good at playing a specific song or artist upon request, but Amazon Music Unlimited unlocks even more of her abilities. Want to list to the latest Drake album? Say “Alexa, play the latest Drake album.” Got a song in your head, but don’t know what it is? Say “Alexa, play the song that goes I know when that hotline bling, that can only mean one thing” and Alexa will play Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” While Prime Music and Spotify can be coupled with voice-command technology, Amazon Music Unlimited takes the act of talking to a polite robot to an entirely new level.
So give it a shot! You can try it all for yourself with a Amazon Music Unlimited free 30-day trial. Rest assured, during the trial, you can cancel or change your subscription anytime.