Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Prime Music: What’s the Difference?

Brent Dirks Updated 05-10-2018

When comparing streaming music services Amazon Music vs. Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which Is Best for You? This comparison of Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, and Spotify, will help you find the best music streaming service for you. Read More such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music, most people don’t think of Amazon. But the online giant has two different options to choose from: Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.


In this article, we take an in-depth look at both Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited to help you determine which one is right for you.

What’s the Difference Between Them?

Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Prime Music: What's the Difference? amazon music unlimited

The most notable difference between the two services, outside of price, is the number of songs available. Amazon Prime Music boasts more than 2 million songs compared to the “tens of millions” of tracks available on Amazon Music Unlimited.

For comparison, Spotify features more than 30 million tracks. So that’s a substantial difference to take notice of, especially if you’re a fan of more obscure music and artists.

Both Music Unlimited and Prime Music allow for unlimited skips and the ability to download songs to an app for offline listening. The services are also free of any advertisements.


What Does Amazon Music Unlimited Cost?

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New listeners can take advantage of a 30-day free trial for Amazon Music Unlimited. After that, the most affordable plan costs $3.99/month. But don’t get too excited just yet—that plan only gives you access to the service on one Alexa-enabled device like the Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Spot.

If you’re considering buying an Echo device, find out which Amazon Echo device is best for you A Comparison Guide to Amazon Echo Devices: Which One Is Best for You? Which Amazon Echo device is right for you? We compare the Plus, Dot, Tap, Show, Spot, Look, and Fire TV Cube to help you make up your mind. Read More .

If you’re a college or university student, there’s another way to subscribe for less: the discounted student plan costs $4.99/month and features all of the perks of a regular subscription. You will, however, need to verify enrollment in a degree-granting college or university to nab that option.


For Amazon Prime members, a regular Amazon Music Unlimited subscription costs $7.99/month or $79/year. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, the standard price is $9.99/month.

For multiple users, there is also a family plan that costs $14.99/month for up to six shared members. Amazon Prime members have the option to pay $149/year for the family plan.

On the other hand, Amazon Prime Music is free for all Amazon Prime subscribers. Take a look at our primer to decide which one of the Amazon Prime payment options will work best for you.

If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, the biggest factor in deciding whether to pay more for Amazon Music Unlimited is whether Amazon Prime Music’s small selection of music is enough for you.


How to Listen to Amazon Prime Music/Music Unlimited

Amazon Music App Availability

Like Amazon Prime Music, you can access Amazon Music Unlimited through a web player or downloaded app. The Amazon Music app is available for just about every platform you can imagine, from an iPhone to your car.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest downsides for users is that the web player and PC/Mac apps aren’t as polished as the clients from more well-known streaming services. 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 with Spotify or Apple Music, but they work. Eventually.

Comparing the Music Selections

As you might expect, with tens of millions of songs available, the music selection is significantly better on Amazon Music Unlimited than it is on Amazon Prime Music.


When comparing the two options, I found many more of the classic and modern artists I enjoy listening to on Amazon Music Unlimited. While there are a lot of great choices on Amazon Prime Music, the difference between the two is pretty obvious.

But the availability of your favorite music may be different depending on your own tastes. That’s a big reason you should take advantage of the 30-day free trial for Amazon Music Unlimited before making a commitment with your wallet.

Is Amazon Music Unlimited Worth Paying For?

The biggest question for most music fans is whether or not Amazon Music Unlimited is worth paying money for, especially when Amazon Prime Music is one of the overlooked perks of being an Amazon Prime member 10 Awesome Amazon Prime Benefits You've Probably Overlooked Free two-day shipping is just the beginning. Here are some notable Amazon Prime subscription benefits you may not know about. Read More .

Obviously, it depends on whether you’re happy with the two million songs currently offered by Amazon 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 Amazon Prime Music, the monthly fee to upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited is probably worth it. That’s unless you already use, and are happy with, other options like Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music.

If you’re new to the world of Amazon and are wondering whether an Amazon Prime subscription is worth the money, we’ll help you decide with our comprehensive primer for Amazon Prime Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More .

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  1. Mike
    February 14, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I listen to a lot of 70's music. I've found that most songs are not the original soundtracks and even though they're by the original artist, some sound just plain terrible. I don't want to listen to remakes. There is no way I'd pay for this.

  2. masonoliver
    October 6, 2018 at 8:10 pm

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  3. Keith
    June 5, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Amazon Music Unlimited is a hell-of-a good deal. Thanks a bunch, I dig it and use it all the time. The only problem I can see is for some reason every now and then some songs are grayed out which means they're gone. I do not know why this happens but overall it is the best music player around.

  4. Art P
    April 17, 2018 at 4:43 am

    I just canceled my Music Unlimited subscription. There's really no need for it if you listen to what's trending with rap, rock, and whatever may be popular now. 8 buck's a month add up, and there's no discount for buying the year I know when I subscribed to google there was about a 50 dollar discount for the family plan for paying the year off at once which is cheaper than Unlimited's annual price.

  5. Ken G
    January 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Is it possible to sign up for Prime 30 day free trial.. then sign up for Music Unlimited at an annual subscription of £79.99... and then cancel the Prime subscription... leaving the user just paying £79.99 per year for the music unlimited service???

  6. Bob Gumson
    January 23, 2018 at 1:51 am

    I think the recent increased cost of Prime should adequately cover more music than Prime does now. Maybe there should be an intermediate music library or just give us the full Amazon Unlimited for the higher Prime rate.

    • Art P
      April 17, 2018 at 4:45 am

      You're right it should be included with Prime Music. The prices are just on the rise, and there not too different from the more popular subscriptions like Apple and Google's apps.

  7. Deborah Thome
    January 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I am enjoying our Echo device. I opted to try the 3 month Unlimited Music Plan, 3 months @ .99 cents a month. I have already marked my calendar to have it removed before it rolls into 4.99 monthly fee. It's nice to have but we just Alexa to play music now and then. So we will settle for the FREE Prime Music that comes with our Amazon Prime account. Other then ending the awesome Unlimited Music feature we absolutely love the Echo Show! Even got our son in Ohio one for the video chat feature. Thanks AMAZON.

  8. Darrin
    December 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    this is crazy they charge for unlimited Music , I was thinking about getting rid of my google play music, but Google is 10 times better and you can have up to 5 people on your account! and you can enjoy any song you want Greed is all i can think of!

    • Art P
      April 17, 2018 at 4:46 am

      Totally agree.

  9. Kelly Ziegler
    October 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I think it’s ridiculous that amazon makes you pay for newer music now. That fee on top of their already high “prime” fee is Almost $200/year for one person. I won’t pay it and probably won’t renew my prime membership either since that has gone way downhill too. Their “two-day prime shipping” has turned into whenever they can get it to you shipping. I’m not impressed at all.

    • bill
      October 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

      You are sooooo freakin' correct Kelly ! 1. Prime definitely now 'ships' when convenient to them....not holding to the 2-day guarantee. 2. And try to find a list of FREE prime music. Bezos, FU

    • Art P
      April 17, 2018 at 4:48 am

      I've been having many problems with them as well, but it seems the problem isn't them on the shipping(it's the 3rd party sellers), but you are absolutely right the need to charge for music is ridiculous.

  10. jen riley
    September 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I've had prime for years, since it first appeared probably. I've had music on my account that i liked added through prime, and day by day, songs that i've listened to through prime are gradually disappearing and becoming unlimited option only. it's bs. i already pay for them, yet that's not enough. leave prime as it's been. don't remove the songs you notice people are playing and make them unlimited. just plain greed on amazon's part. smh. shame. i love prime, but i'm not paying for another music service.

  11. Tammi
    September 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I am a prime member and the offer constantly is in the way. I'm already paying for prime so prime music is not free, I pay for benefits and now have an offer that is undesirable in my way!

  12. damianmann
    September 6, 2017 at 4:00 am

    It irritates me that they're trying to charge on top of charges. The improvements this summer have been big. If they weren't so greedy, asking Prime members to pay on top of the Prime membership fee, they'd be able to compete. The app looks and feels right. The price is a problem. I already pay about $100 a year for Prime. Yeah. It's free shipping. But it ends up being way more expensive for the product itself, negating the supposed "savings"

    • Tammi
      September 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Exactly and the offer is in my way when I use my prime music and can't look for new music cause of it!

  13. Robert
    August 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for this. Amazon has to take a complete marketing fail on this one in that they try to sell you unlimited but never tell you *WHAT* the product is and why you should buy it. A rare misstep on Amazon's part. Hopefully they'll find a new marketing guy.

  14. Nayeli
    August 17, 2017 at 7:12 am

    This helped a lot. I love music! I been using music unlimited for 2 months and I like. I can't go to prime music if they have less music. All the music I searched for I found it.
    So I will keep music unlimited.

  15. Alexis
    July 29, 2017 at 6:45 am

    This is absolute BS. Even though I'm a music lover, I've seen a ton of the "additional songs" they've placed for unlimited, and they're songs I'd gotten and downloaded already on the prime music subscription. What they're doing is advertising additional songs as a lie and removing them from prime so they can make more money despite being most shoppers who use online services go to website for most anything. The least they could do, is keep the damn promise they made and actually put new songs they get the ability to put out on the plan, and leave the ones we have through prime alone. We're still essentially paying for them anyway, why make this sudden grab for money? My mom manages the music account for the Amazon music, and as myself and my brother are the main users for it, she usually lets us do what we want with it. I doubt she's going to want to pay the stupid fee just for us to get back songs Amazon should have let us keep being able to listen to since we'd already downloaded them and added it to our music library. I wouldn't mind the unlimited again, if it brought in actual additional songs, but with its flying over and stealing songs from the prime selection. It's a grab for money to keep up in popularity and keep raking in revenue. I say they need to have the songs they swiped from the prime selection for unlimited back, either that, or make them available for both. As at the rate they're going, it seems more like they're reducing their two million song choice with prime to get the tens of millions of song choices they said unlimited would have. I have songs I nabbed from prime yesterday that no longer will play because they've been moved over to unlimited and now it needs a unlimited subscription just to play a song offline I should have already owned due to prime.

    • Kelly Ziegler
      October 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I lost so many of my songs because now they are “unlimited” songs. Shame on amazon for being so greedy. Makes me want to stop being a prime member.

  16. Seth
    July 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Amazon Unlimited is a scam. What is next? Amazon Premium Unlimited.

    Prime music I listened to one week ago keeps disappearing and going to unlimited only.

  17. Jessica
    July 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I was thrilled when I discovered amazon prime music. This additional unlimited fee is a money grab, plain and simple. Not going to pay it. I'd rather just buy the music myself.

  18. Christopher Palmer
    July 15, 2017 at 3:24 am

    With Amazon prime you can't stream from more than one device. With Amazon unlimited you can stream from up to 4 devices.

    • Brandy Morrison
      August 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      I don't know why you couldn't. My husband and i did with no problems.

      • A
        September 2, 2017 at 9:09 pm

        Not anymore. As of this morning my standard prime music account will only play on one echo device at a time. After calling Amazon they confirmed a 'change in policy'. If you want to stream to multiple echo devices at the same time you have to have a family unlimited plan.

        • Chris
          May 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

          My unlimited plan can only stream one device lately as well. And even songs I had downloaded from amazon are gone . Mostly my “old” music like Alice cooper amazon lost songs completely. And Five finger death punch they drop a record , then bring it back in a week.

  19. Christopher
    July 15, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I just cancelled my Apple music subscription. I opted for the Amazon music unlimited. Less expensive and the layout seems more intuitive

  20. Idaho Backwater
    July 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I've had unlimited for less than 24 hours and I'm satisfied so far. I enjoy Outlaw Country on Sirius so I have a lot of it in my library. Many great artists from places other than Nashville Pap Crap and pretty boys and girls. Many artists I've never heard of in the past are great. Annual Braun Brothers reunion in Challis, Idaho showcases acts. You'll never hear this stuff on radio as they play Bud Light country.

  21. KS
    June 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    What this article doesn't state (and probably wasn't known at the time) is that Amazon has removed libraries from the Free prime music offering and made it only available in the Unlimited subscription, so those 2M songs we had at our disposal has been reduced. This is BS to me as I think that Amazon will continue to strip off the free Prime music offering to force people over to Unlimited. Thanks a lot Amazon!

  22. Kayla
    June 15, 2017 at 1:34 am

    We have had Amazon Prime since ~October and don't take as much advantage of it as we should. For example, I just discovered Prime Music. So far, I am very confused as to the difference between what I already have and what unlimited would offer me; that is how I found myself here. And still, I am a little confused. I have been playing around with Prime Music on my Chromebook for about 15 minutes now and there is only one or two songs, so far, I have seen that show that I need unlimited and I cannot even remember what songs that was.

    It seems to me that widely popular music genres like Country and Pop (what I mainly listen to) is readily available with just that basic Prime Music. I plan on continuing to search for more to find where that edge will lie. What I was most impressed with was that Taylor Swifts 1989 album is AVAILABLE. That album isn't on Spotify or Google Play so I was very interested to see that I could add that album to my music with Prime Music.

  23. Magnus
    May 29, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I make my Prime membership back 5 times over with the saving in postage every year so the add-ons like photo storage Music & videos are just a bonus. I wouldn't sign up to Prime music unlimited by itself as my iTunes library is quite extensive after decades of building it up. If they gave you the option of a Prime+ membership, given that I'd still be saving money at double the price I'd certainly look to see what it offered over a regular Prime account with great interest.

    • Dann Albright
      May 29, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Yeah, if you have a lot of music already on your drive, paying extra doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

  24. Brandon
    May 26, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I signed up for amazon unlimited family plan. With that you can add six people to the account. It's 149 a year but divided by six is 25 bucks a year per person. Definitely worth it to me. No more buying music or messing with cd's. I love amazon. Don't hate because they are making money. It's a business, of course they're in it for the money. I love my amazon and love my music. If you don't listen to a lot of music or different artists it may not be worth it. I have almost 2000 songs downloaded already and I've only had the app for a week. I recommend it!

    • Dann Albright
      May 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Glad to hear it's working well for you! Have you tried listening on two different devices at once?

  25. 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.

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      When you were using Prime six years ago, how was the music selection? Was it as good or better than Unlimited?

      • Mike D
        May 5, 2017 at 1:32 am

        It was so much better! Now I can't find albums that were there only 6 months ago... how do I know? Because I downloaded them to listen offline!!! Now I still have them downloaded, but can't find them on Prime music...??? Wtf?

        • Dann Albright
          May 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm

          I suppose it makes sense that Amazon would cut down their music selection to encourage users to switch to the paid program. It sucks, but it's not exactly surprising.

  26. 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!

    • Hannah
      June 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      YES! This is what made me mad! Some of my favorite songs which were available under Prime are no longer allowed unless I upgrade to Unlimited. That's just plain greedy BS! So now I'm getting less for what I've already paid for in Prime. If they had just added additional music that wasn't previously available, I may have paid more for the Unlimited. But because they've chosen to be greedy, they've lost me as a prospective Unlimited customer. So many choices out there, I'll choose something else.

      • Toca
        January 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        I'm really late to this conversation, but as a long time Prime member, I had songs in my play list that at first were greyed out and a message that said they were no longer available. Then, they just completely disappeared. So yes, what we originally had, was taken away. And for that reason alone, I refuse to move to Ultimate.

  27. 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.

      • Kecia Hayman
        April 25, 2017 at 11:30 am

        We currently use prime music, but we are not able to stream from more than one device at a time. We've tried using two phones with the app, and we get an error message. We tried using the web and then app, and again, error message. My question to you is with unlimited music can we stream from more than one device at a time?

        • Dann Albright
          May 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

          To be completely honest, I still haven't been able to figure it out. The FAQ mentions being able to listen on multiple devices (https://www.amazon.com/b?node=15730321011), but it doesn't say whether that listening can be simultaneous. It does sound like some people have been able to do it, though.

  28. 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.)

      • Dann Albright
        March 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

        I don't know if I'd call classifying music differently "racist" . . . but if you don't like the selection that they offer, you can always go with another streaming service!

  29. 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?

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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. :-)

  42. 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.

  43. 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!