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Spotify. Apple Music. Google Play Music. Deezer. Tidal. You already know the big-name music streaming services, but how much do you know about Amazon’s own premium entry?
If you haven’t been happy with any of the other streaming music services so far, Amazon Music Unlimited may just be the alternative that you’ve been seeking.
Or maybe it isn’t. You won’t really know until you try it for yourself, right? But maybe you have questions before you’re willing to dive in—and if that’s the case, then we have the answers you need. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Music Unlimited.
What Is Amazon Music Unlimited?
Amazon Music Unlimited is an on-demand music streaming service that’s very much in line with Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. Amazon maintains a massive database of songs, and you can listen to any of them whenever you want.
Please note that while it’s related to Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Music it’s not the same thing. Amazon Music is the broader online music store where you can purchase individual songs or albums and stream them whenever you want. Amazon Prime Music gives Prime users access to a smaller catalog of songs as part of their subscription.
How Much Is Amazon Music Unlimited?
There are three plans you can choose from:
- The Individual Plan costs $10/month if you don’t have Amazon Prime and $8/month if you do have Amazon Prime. Note that Prime members can get an even steeper discount if paid annually, which costs $79/year.
- The Family Plan costs $15/month for up to six household members and allows simultaneous playback on up to six devices, whereas the Individual Plan can only stream on one device at a time. Each member also gets their own music libraries, playlists, stations, recommendations, etc.
- The Echo Plan costs $4/month if you have an Amazon Echo device, but comes with one restriction: you can only stream music using that Amazon Echo device.
Is Amazon Music Unlimited Included With Prime?
No, Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music are not the same.
Prime Music is the service that’s included with Prime, with the main difference being the number of songs available: Prime Music only allows streaming of around 2 million songs while Music Unlimited grants access to “tens of millions” of songs. Learn more in our look at Amazon Prime Music vs. Amazon Music Unlimited.
Can I Download Songs With Amazon Music Unlimited?
Yes… and no. It depends what you mean.
Amazon Music Unlimited does allow offline playback of songs… but this feature is only supported on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices. When downloaded for offline playback, you can only play the songs through the Amazon Music app. Web users, Echo users, and desktop app users do NOT have access to offline playback.
How Many Devices Can Stream Music Unlimited?
For Individual Plan users, you can stream on one simultaneous device. For Family Plan users, you can stream on up to six simultaneous devices. A “device” is any of the below:
The web player is the easiest way to access Amazon Music Unlimited, allowing you to log on and stream music on any device anywhere you go.
The desktop player is available on Windows and Mac. The mobile player is available on Android phones, Android tablets, iPhones, iPads, and Amazon Fire devices, which includes tablets and TVs. Other apps are also available for Samsung TVs, Rokus, Sonos and Bose devices, and certain cars that come with built-in Amazon Music.
Which Countries Have Access to Music Unlimited?
As of this writing, Amazon Music Unlimited is available in these countries:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- United States
- United Kingdom
Is Amazon Music Unlimited Worth It?
Amazon Music Unlimited is a strong contender to Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music that offers a lot of the same benefits, but falls short in execution and doesn’t offer anything unique that sets it apart from existing music streaming services.
Spotify offers offline playback on its desktop apps while Music Unlimited only allows it on mobile devices. Apple Music offers seamless integration across Apple devices. Google Play Music allows users to upload up to 50,000 of their own music files to be streamed on any Google Play Music-compatible device (a feature that Amazon Music used to have but discontinued starting in January 2018).
Amazon Music Unlimited is good but not great, which could be excused if the interface were at all pleasant; unfortunately, it’s clunky at best and frustrating at worst.
With a full-price subscription that costs the same as its competitors, Amazon Music Unlimited is tough to recommend. Even with the Prime discount, you’re better off sticking with Prime Music (or paying for something else if Prime Music isn’t enough).
However, if you can split a Family Plan with five others, or if you can get by on the Echo plan, or if you can snag the Prime Student discount, then Music Unlimited is more than worth the asking price. Learn more about these discounts on the Amazon Music Unlimited page.
How to Get Amazon Music Unlimited
What’s nice about Amazon Music Unlimited is that it comes with a 30-day free trial so you can test it out and see how you like it before committing. You’ll need to enter a valid credit card or bank account to unlock the trial, but you won’t be charged a cent if you cancel your membership before the trial ends.
To get started with your free trial:
- Go to the Amazon Music Unlimited page.
- Scroll down until you see the different plans available.
- Under Individual Plan, click Start 30-day free trial.
- Enter your payment method and details, then Confirm.
To get started with an Echo plan, just say the following voice command using the device you want the plan to be active on: “Alexa, try Amazon Music Unlimited.” Yes, this command will also start you with a 30-day free trial!
And that’s it. You are now an official Amazon Music Unlimited listener!
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