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When it comes to music streaming, Amazon Prime Music has always been a long way behind Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. But Amazon is never content to see you handing your money to someone else, so the company has released a paid music product called Amazon Music Unlimited Amazon Launches Music Unlimited as a Spotify Killer Amazon Launches Music Unlimited as a Spotify Killer After months of speculation, Amazon has launched its own ad-free, on-demand music streaming service. So, what's the deal with Amazon Music Unlimited? Read More .

How is it different from Prime Music? How much will it cost you? What will your money get you? Let us answer all of these questions and more.

What’s the Difference Between the Two?

The most notable difference — and the one that will get people to pay for Amazon Music Unlimited — is the number of songs available. Prime Music gives you access to around two million songs. This sounds like a lot, but pales into insignificance when compared to Spotify’s 30 million songs. However, Music Unlimited provides “tens of millions” of songs.

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Like other streaming services, Music Unlimited provides unlimited skips and the ability to download songs to the app for offline listening. These features are also offered by Prime Music, but the availability of exponentially more songs makes them even more valuable.

What Does Music Unlimited Cost?

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After a 30-day free trial, the most affordable Music Unlimited plan is $3.99, but don’t get too excited just yet. That plan will only let you use Music Unlimited on your Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap: What Are the Key Differences? Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap: What Are the Key Differences? One common complaint against Amazon Echo was that it had too many features and cost too much. Amazon's response to that? Releasing two variations with smaller price tags: the Tap and the Echo Dot. Read More . If don’t have a smart Amazon device, or if you also want to listen elsewhere, you’re out of luck. You’ll need to pay the standard $7.99 monthly fee, or $79 for a year, on top of your annual Prime fees. Up to six family members can be on the same plan for $14.99 per month, or $149 for a year.

Non-Prime members can also get an individual plan for $10 per month, the same price as Spotify and Apple Music. If you’re a Prime member, and already getting the most out of your other features 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now Scratch the surface. Amazon Prime has so many more benefits that people have forgotten about or simply don't realize exist. Read More , the $2 you’ll save each month will add up over time, so it might be worth considering Music Unlimited on that basis alone.

Of course, Prime Music is free for Amazon Prime members. So, if you’re currently making use of that option, upgrading to Music Unlimited is going to cost you. Is it worth spending an extra $100 per year? The answer to this question likely depends on whether you’re satisfied with the collection of music available on the free plan. (I, for one, am not.)

How Can You Listen to Music Unlimited?

Like Prime Music, you can access Music Unlimited through a web player or downloaded app. Amazon has Music Unlimited apps for just about every platform, from your iPhone to your car. At the time of this writing, neither the web player nor the Mac app have the polish of bigger-name streaming apps.

Amazon Music Unlimited App

For example, I searched for Christian metal band Saving Grace in both clients, and no matching artists were displayed. However, the band’s album The Urgency (from 2014) was displayed in the Albums section of the search results (which was on the next screen down). When I clicked on it, I was able to find my way to the artist page, which included four albums and two singles. So why aren’t they displayed in the Artists section?

With that being said, both clients are fine — not great, but fine. It might take some work to find what you’re looking for, and you’ll need to put in a little more effort than you do in Spotify, but they work. Eventually.

What’s the Music Selection Like?

As you might expect, with tens of millions of songs available, the music selection is significantly better on Music Unlimited than it is on Amazon Prime Music Why You Should Give Amazon Prime Music a Second Chance Why You Should Give Amazon Prime Music a Second Chance There are several reasons why you might want to give Amazon Prime Music a second chance. It certainly deserves much more credit than it's currently getting. Read on to find out why. Read More . I always had trouble finding the metal and hardcore bands that I like on Prime Music, but most of them are present on Music Unlimited. So far, I’ve only encountered one that isn’t available. Even my favorite hometown rappers’ albums are available.

With tens of millions of songs, I wasn’t surprised to find pretty much everything I was looking for. The availability of your own favorites may differ, though. That’s one of the reasons you should check out the free trial before you sign up.

Is Music Unlimited Worth Paying For?

The big question in many people’s minds is whether or not Music Unlimited is worth paying for, especially when Prime Music is free for Prime members Which Amazon Prime Subscription Is Right for You? Which Amazon Prime Subscription Is Right for You? Potential subscribers formerly only had one option when it came to Amazon Prime. However, now, Amazon is offering three different subscription plans so you can pick the one that best suits your needs. Read More . Obviously, it very much depends on whether you’re happy with the two million songs currently offered by Prime Music. To be fair to Amazon, that’s a huge number of songs. Whether your musical tastes are well represented, however, will depend a great deal on which genres and artists you like.

If you have wide-ranging tastes, listen to a lot of music, or just aren’t satisfied with the selection offered by Prime Music, the $8 monthly fee to upgrade to Music Unlimited is probably worth it. Unless you already use, and are happy with, Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play Music: Which Is Best? Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Google Play Music: Which Is Best? While there are lots of music streaming services around, there are three major ones that stand out above the others: Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. But which is best? Read More .

Whether you have upgraded or not, though, we want to hear what you think.

Do you consider Amazon Music Unlimited to be a good deal? Will you be paying for the privilege of streaming more tracks? Which plan will you be signing up for? Have you used Prime Music in the past? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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  1. Chas
    March 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Hell no, its a marketing scam... when I first signed up for Prime 6 years ago it was unlimited music, unlimited movies, and unlimited 2 day deliveries. They now implemented Amazon Unlimited which makes me pay more money but they are taking away prime benefits. At the end of the day its just another billion dollar companuy trying to sceme more money.

    • Kytriya
      March 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      THANK YOU!!!! Y ou said it so well! I started a Prime free trial and canceled after 3 days because everything was BUY ME!!! :D O_o :P And nothing told me that back then, I needed an app as their lying ad, doesn't tell you that you need to download an app. And, the silly "Thank you for signing up to Prime" didn't tell me I needed an app either!

      So I then got the app and started a new 30 day trial. I heard somewhere that they updated to umlimited music - no they didn't. Somewheres on Amazon, I read it wrong. It was an Amazon ad! Their choices = not my music. And, the Ruoska songs they offer, I already own. The Jazz - I already own. The Russian music - banned! And I do like a lot of music from all over the world! My ecletic music taste has eclectic music tastes and yet, their 2 million is basically music I already own. And, if they are counting 50 different albums all containing the same song, then they do NOT have 2 million songs on offer! They duplicate by the tens, depending on how many versions they can find! This would mean, if we average it down to 3 songs duplicated, then that is only 666,666.666 unique songs. This number even says Amazon is evil! ROFL

      Well, I can get all the Jazz I want for free from a Jazz Radio Sation.
      I can get all the Russian music for free from a Russian radio station.
      Bukharian BB vostok - Oriental Judaic music - free!

      So why might I stick with Prime? My Top Gear moved to Amazon under a new title. :P And, I can't be certain I'll ever be able to buy them in DVD. And BBC's Top Gear was pulled off of Netflix (or will be). :P I bought Britbox, as I thought that was worth it! I just hope they can upload all the old shows with the new ones.

  2. Barry
    March 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    It seems since the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited, a large percentage (50%) of the music I formerly had access to with my Prime membership is suddenly no longer available. It might be selection bias, but I wonder if this is phase 1 in eliminating this Prime benefit. Anyone else have a similar experience?

    • Dann Albright
      March 19, 2017 at 1:37 am

      Hm, that's interesting. It wouldn't surprise me if the selection became more limited with the launch of another service. It makes sense from a business perspective!

  3. Todd
    March 6, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I have amazon prime. One account that 4 people access. We all can stream music at the same time.

    • Dann Albright
      March 19, 2017 at 1:22 am

      Really? I'm surprised to hear that! That's good to know, though; thanks for sharing that.

  4. K
    February 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Your article definitely provided some clarity for me. I download and like managing my own music library on iTunes. But having a Prime Membership and a spouse who isn't as into music as I am, I installed the app for her on her phone. However, this morning we were talking about the lack of songs on there... particularly more current music. Not knowing there were two options on Amazon, I thought Amazon was just behind when it came to other competitors such as Apple, Spotify, and dare I say Tidal.

    Realizing now that Amazon has an "unlimited" feature definitely clarifies that and makes more sense. I guess it was too good to be true that Prime Music would include EVERYTHING in that $99 membership. If only! That said, I wouldn't pay for Amazon Unlimited. While it is a few dollars cheaper thanks to having a Prime Membership, I believe that Apple Music (being iPhone people) is the way to go. Either that, or a free Spotify / Pandora / Google Music account where you can listen to some newer music but don't have the ability to choose when you hear it / skipping, etc. Prime Music curated playlists weren't that great or innovative and most songs would just be repeated through it multiple times.

    However, I am rooting for Amazon Prime Music / Unlimited. As it is new, I think with some updates and work as it gains momentum, it can be a great app.

    • Dann Albright
      March 9, 2017 at 1:15 am

      I'm glad this was helpful! As far as I can tell, Unlimited is mildly successful with people who are looking for a wide variety of music. The selection is good, the price is good, but it's tough to compete with more established competitors. Even the free options. There's definitely potential, though!

    • Kytriya
      March 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Unlimited Music Amazon style, will only be good IF and ONLY IF they stop being so "racist" in their options! I find it too impossible to find music that I listen too and don't already own. They are so pro-American (well, this IS the USA, afterall, where we had to fight for the rights to learn a Foreign Language outside of Spanish) that I'm not too surprised. Spotify, on the other hand, IS International, and has my music - including the rare bands. I listen to Hard rock in other language from all other the world, Klezmer, Judaica, Messianic Judaic, MIttlealter, International Folk, Metallica, Disturbed, but not Classical, Opera, and the most popular so-called "World Music". (My thinking is along the lines of what makes it world music, and our music not "world music"? When does Shufutinsky become "world music"? He is Adult Russian Pop-Folk.)

  5. Larry Stone
    February 16, 2017 at 4:11 am

    I cannot figure out how to find music in unlimited unless I know what I am looking for. What if there is something in the library that I don't know about but might like to listen if I saw it?

    • Dann Albright
      February 19, 2017 at 2:20 am

      I don't have my access to Unlimited anymore, so I'm not sure; hopefully someone else can help you out! How are you accessing Unlimited?

  6. david brooks
    February 6, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    have amazon prime,prime music good enough for me.wouldn't pay for unlimited because I don't use echo that much.if I can't find song I want,no big deal.would have to use ALOT to justify paying for unlimited.love amazon tho.

    • Dann Albright
      February 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      If the selection on Prime music is enough for you, then it's definitely the better way to go!

  7. Chad
    January 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I just came across your article.

    I have to leave one small comment... I love the band you chose! I saw them live a while back with War of Ages.

    A+ on the article, just for the band alone!

    • Dann Albright
      January 18, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Ha! That's fantastic. I haven't had the chance to see Saving Grace yet, but I've seen War of Ages a couple times, and they kill it. I would love to see Saving Grace. I don't come across fans of theirs very often, so it's always great to hear from another one!

  8. Bruce Rottner
    January 11, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Hi ... I have a Prime account and my wife is the second person on the account. If I was to get a Music Unlimited for Individuals plan, would I be the only one who could access it or would my wife be able to as well? Thanks for any advice.

    • Dann Albright
      January 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

      I think it might depend on how you're sharing. But my understanding is that you can only use it on a single device at once . . . so you might both be able to use it, but not at the same time.

  9. Matt
    December 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Ok so although it seams like a good idea, Amazon may lose some customers from prime. I have prime bc for $100 a yr I get music and video and free 2 day shipping is a plus. I don't order enough on Amazon to pay for prime just for the shipping. I saw paying $100 a yr for just music is pricey so I left Spotify despite loving it. And now having to pay for Amazon prime; plus another $80 a year for more music is absurd! It should be free for prime members or atleast under $5 a month. Amazon really should have thought this through better when considering the $2 "deal" they are giving prime members.. I'm very disappointed.

    • Dann Albright
      December 28, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      As you'll see in the article above, you can still get Prime Music included with your Prime Subscription. Music Unlimited offers more tracks for an additional fee.

  10. Will
    December 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Hey, sorry if I'm late, but if I get the version only for echo, can I still make my own playlists? If so, how would I do that?

    • Dann Albright
      December 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Not having used that particular version of Amazon Music myself, I can't say for sure. I can't imagine that you wouldn't be able to make playlists, though; that definitely seems like a pretty standard feature for music streaming. But I'm not sure how you'd access and interface to do that.

      • Dann Albright
        December 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm

        The Alexa phone app is probably a good bet; someone else mentioned below that they use it for their Dot. I'd give that a shot first.

  11. Tracey
    December 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Ok so I am a total idiot when it comes to apps and downloads and how it all works. I have Amazon music unlimited because I found the
    normal prime music membership didn't have many of the older songs I wanted to listen to. I use my alexa to listen most of the time but
    have explained to my daughter that she can listen to songs without being connected to a wifi. Am I correct? I m sure when I signed up that that I read you could listen to your music anywhere? I am finding everything very confusing and would love an alexa guide and a music guide etc that would explain it for dummies. Interestingly I bought my father an alexa and he just couldn't understand it so gave it back after a week so it shows there isn't enough information out there. I think that alexa should come with a manual as some people
    find it easier.

    • Dann Albright
      December 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      To listen to music offline, you'd need to download it first. Not having a whole lot of experience with Amazon Music offline, I'm not sure how you go about doing that. On Spotify, you can save any playlist as "Available Offline," so it might be something similar to that.

  12. Sandy
    December 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I have a prime membership and I am pleased with. However, the only problem I have is when my son and want to listen at the same time. Only one device per membership is allowed to listen. Will adding this membership solve this problem? Will I be able to stream on Prime membership while my son listens on the paid unlimited. In other words, would it be two separate accounts? Thanks

    • Dann Albright
      December 10, 2016 at 12:15 am

      As far as I'm aware, it won't solve that problem. Hopefully someone who has more first-hand knowledge with that particular issue will chime in!

      • Terry Raymond
        December 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm

        I'm a prime member and an Echo owner and just signed up for the 30 trial for under the family plan. I bought Echo's for my kids this xmas and signed up for the family unlimited plan so they could better use the Echo. The unlimited music ad from Amazon states "you and up to 5 family members can stream music at the same time using your individual accounts." I plan to try it out tonight, but if this is not the case I will cancel after my 30 day trial.

        • Dann Albright
          December 31, 2016 at 6:18 pm

          What'd you find out?

        • Terry
          January 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm

          Once I upgraded from Prime Music to Unlimited Music each of my 5 family members were able to listen to their own music all at the same time. This is a key difference between Prime music and unlimited Music family plan.

        • Dann Albright
          January 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm

          Yeah, the ability to stream to multiple accounts is a huge benefit. Thanks for confirming this!

        • Jim Robertson
          January 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

          With three grown-up children living elsewhere the ideal Xmas present seemed to be a Dot for each of them and membership of Amazon Music Unlimited Family. They all seem very pleased!

        • Dann Albright
          January 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

          That's a great Christmas gift idea!

  13. Santos
    December 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Amazon Music Unlimited is not good deal, i am pay Prime...No good for me, $8......naaaaa, Best Spotify

    • Dann Albright
      December 10, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Why do you find Spotify better? I also prefer Spotify, but it's largely because the kind of music I listen to isn't well represented on Amazon Music.

  14. Don
    December 1, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Here's my question. As a new Echo Dot user, I used Prime Music at first, and found it too limited. I decided to try the $3.99 per month Prime Unlimited which, as I understand it, is limited solely to use on my Dot. That's fine, but I can't seem to find a website or app that let's me see what is available from Unlimited on my Dot. I don't want to play it on another device, but i want to see what is available so I know what to ask Alexa to play. I would greatly appreciate any help.

    • Dann Albright
      December 10, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Not having used a Dot, I don't have the answer for you. Hopefully someone else knows the answer and can leave a comment to help you out!

      • Craig
        December 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        I use the Alexa app on my phone to explore what to paly on the Dot connected to my stereo system. I think that the app you are looking for is the Alexa app installed to your phone.

  15. Sheree Crites
    October 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I have been obsessed with, and using, the Prime music library since it was unveiled. I too, however, found that many artists and songs I was looking for were unavailable.

    I just started the 30 day free trial today of the Music unlimited and am excited to see what I find.

    My Amazon Prime membership pays for itself with all the shipping costs I save. So for me, the Prime music library and Prime shows and movies are just gravy. NOW ADD THE FACT THAT GOLIATH is an Amazon exclusive and was FREAKING PHENOMENAL, I consider the last several years of Prime membership have been reimbursed - but that's another post altogether.

    If Music Unlimited is anything as great as I think, I will be happy to pay $8 a month for the added MILLIONS of songs.

    Now, if we can get Amazon to do a decently priced added membership fee so I NEVER have to pay to rent a show or movie ever again, I think I will be really happy.

    Thanks for the clarification in your article, it really helped!

    • Dann Albright
      October 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Glad you found the article useful! As I said, Music Unlimited does seem to be a really good streaming option. I'm still using Spotify because I'm on a family plan, but I would definitely consider switching if I wasn't.

  16. Raphael Salgado
    October 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    It should be noted that the $3.99 plan is for use on one Echo, Tap, or Echo Dot ... at a time. It's not tied to a single device, per se. I have three Echo devices, one of which I actually placed in the car with a micro-USB charger and an aux cable to my stereo, and my iPhone as my hotspot. So, wherever I am at home, or if I'm cruising in the car, I can listen to Amazon Music Unlimited.

    • Dann Albright
      October 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out! The language on the site is a bit unclear, but being able to use it on multiple different devices, just not simultaneously, seems like a nice benefit.

    • JJ
      November 11, 2016 at 6:37 am

      I'm glad that you clarified this! I have been considering the device only option in an effort to save money, and that these devices would most likely be the only place I would be using the streaming service anyway. Thank you for the clarification!

      Also, awesome site to the author!

    • Brandon
      December 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you for posting this. I was under the impression that one device meant that it would only play on my echo, and that if I wanted to listen on my phone in the car that I couldn't unless i got the next tier membership. So from what you said it's one device at a time. That will work fine for me.

    • Craig
      December 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Great idea. I'm going to emulate you approach. This seems better and more useful than Sirus/XM.

  17. atypicalchristian
    October 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    +1 for Saving Grace :D

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Awesome! I don't know that I've ever run into another Saving Grace fan. :-)

  18. likefunbutnot
    October 19, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    There is another intermediate option: Prime Music has a $2/month Storage Plan that allows a user to upload up to 250,000 of their own tracks to their Amazon account. Someone with a significant music library might be much more interested in that than in getting access to "Tens of Millions" of tracks they don't remotely care about, as is apparently the case with most of these streaming services.

    I only really got interested in the Storage plan because I own an Echo and want it to be at least marginally useful, but $2/month is basically a rounding error compared to the other streaming plans and services I could choose.

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      That's an interesting idea. It doesn't really fit in with the "streaming" focus that a lot of people are going for, but yeah, if you have a big library, that sounds like a pretty great way to go! If I remember correctly, Apple had a similar program.

    • John
      December 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      If you are going this route, you might consider that anything you BUY through Amazon is stored for free with no limits. I stopped buying music myself a couple of years ago when I couldn't figure out what was happening to the digital files and I felt like I was being ripped off. The downside to storing my own tracks on any service is the captivity that creates.

  19. Rmarkk
    October 19, 2016 at 1:39 am

    You forgot Google play music should be in the mix also, there 9.99 includes you tube red, and no ad you tube, and have never failed a music search. This will be a hard choice for me at the end of my amazon unlimited 30 day free period. . Still have 3 weeks to decide. I am a prime member of 12 years. I'm also thinking about buying an Echo. Amazon has never failed to take care of me when I've had a problem, I have not been to a a store in a long time except groceries, but thinking about using Amazon fresh, it will not stop me from going to Wegmans, it will be used to fill in from my bi-weekly visit to wegmans.

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Yeah, Google Play Music is another good option. I wasn't aware that included access to YouTube Red, but I also haven't done much looking into it. It's a tough call on which one is best for any given person. If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, though, Google Play Music does sound like a pretty good idea!