Amazon Music Unlimited: What It Is and How It Stacks Up

Jun 30, 2022

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What is Amazon Music Unlimited?

Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access to 75 million songs ad-free and is available to listen whenever and wherever you are. The music subscription service works seamlessly with Amazon Echo and Fire TV. Try Amazon Music Unlimited for free for 30 days. If you like it, you can save on a monthly or annual subscription if you are a Prime member ($8.99/month for Prime members or $9.99/month for non-Prime).

Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Prime Music

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. The services exist separately and coexist peacefully. So what’s the difference?

Prime Music is included, at no additional cost, with a Prime membership ($14.99/month or $139/year). It gets you access to a couple million songs, Alexa integration capabilities, and offline playback. Amazon Music Unlimited is not included in Prime (it costs $8.99/month if you are a Prime member), also has offline playback, but it has a way bigger library—75 million songs—and a much more robust set of Alexa voice commands.

Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Spotify

No discussion of streaming music is complete without mentioning Spotify. So 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 75 million tracks, and it has other perks: like much better Alexa integration and it's cheaper if you’re already a Prime member.

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How Much Does It Cost?

After the 30-day Amazon Music Unlimited free trial, it’s $9.99/month for non-Prime members and $8.99 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 $4.99/month.

Family Plan for Music

Just like other music subscription service, Amazon Music Unlimited has a family subscription that is a better value than individual memberships. For just $14.99/month or $149/year ($30 annual savings), up to six users can enjoy all the perks of Amazon's best music streaming. All six users get their own profile with their own recommendations and can listen at the same time. It's a better deal than Spotify's Family Plan, especially if you pay annually, which is a perk that's only available to Prime members.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited price (family): $14.99 monthly; $149 yearly
  • Spotify monthly price (family): $15.99 monthly; no yearly option
  • Cost savings with Amazon Music Unlimited: $1 per month or $42.88 per year

Amazing Integration with Alexa, Echo, and Fire TV

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.

30-Day Free Trial

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.