Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Amazon Prime Music

One of the benefits of Amazon Prime membership is Prime Music, a music streaming service available for free to Prime members. Amazon also offers a standalone paid subscription music service called Amazon Music Unlimited. We’ve reviewed the features of both services to help you decide which is right for you.

Amazon Prime, free delivery: its additional features

General Conclusions

On its own, Prime Music is a worthy competitor to the ad-free and free music streaming services of Pandora, Spotify and others. Additionally, Prime Music is included at no additional cost for Amazon Prime members. There are no ads and skip tracks are unlimited.

Amazon Music Unlimited is paid, but offers the benefits of Prime Music and more.

Price: Several formulas

An Amazon Prime membership is required to stream music with Amazon Prime Music. There is no other way to register for this service. The benefits of a Prime Music membership are offered at no additional cost to Prime members.

Prime members can sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited for $7.99 per month or $79 per year. If you’re not a Prime member, you can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for $9.99 per month under the Amazon Music Unlimited individual plan.

Besides the individual Amazon Music Unlimited plan, the retail giant offers several options depending on your situation:

  • Family Plan: For about double the price, the Music Unlimited Family Plan allows up to six family members to enjoy Music Unlimited. This plan is only available to Prime members.
  • Student Plan: Students currently enrolled in college can get Music Unlimited for $4.99 per month. Amazon also offers a Prime Student Membership which provides music benefits.
  • Single Device Plan: For about half the price of Amazon Music Unlimited, this plan has all the benefits of Unlimited, except it can only be streamed to one device.

Playlists: A Massive Selection

Amazon Prime Music titles change frequently. New titles are often added and occasionally titles are removed. Prime Music also includes custom playlists designed to suit a wide variety of musical tastes.

Music Unlimited offers everything Prime Music offers, plus tens of millions of songs compared to Prime Music’s two million song library. In addition, Music Unlimited offers a larger selection of new artists and full catalogs of popular artists. Music Unlimited also features exclusive spoken-word commentary from select artists, which Amazon calls Side-by-Side. Its playlists and song recommendations accurately reflect everyone’s musical tastes.

Commands: Alexa Compatibility

With either service, you can stream music directly to your computer, car, smartphone (iOS or Android), Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap. It’s easy to download songs and listen to them offline. A convenience if you’re about to catch a plane.

But perhaps the most fun Music Unlimited exclusive is the many additional Echo controls that are unlocked. For instance :

  • Alexa, play happy pop music.
  • Alexa, play the song with the lyrics ‘when the levee breaks’.
  • Alexa, play Adele’s latest single.

Echo’s enhanced comprehension and ability to speak naturally creates a personalized listening experience not available with Prime Music.

Conclusion: Let your budget decide

What is the best choice for you? With everything Prime Music has to offer, why pay for Amazon’s Unlimited Music service? If you’re listening to new music, the much larger music library can make Music Unlimited worth the subscription price. This is especially true if you own an Amazon Echo.

Both music services are streamed from the same app. So if you start with Prime Music and then upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited, you don’t need to download anything new. Plus, you won’t lose the favorites and playlists you’ve created. The Amazon Music app is available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Fire and Roku tablets. There is also a web player for most popular browsers.

The main differences are better selection and improved Amazon Echo voice commands. Voice commands are available exclusively to Music Unlimited subscribers.

Are you still hesitating? Amazon offers a 30-day free trial. Signing up for the free trial and canceling your subscription is easy.

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