Amazon Music Unlimited is available at the standard $9.99 a month rate that other music services charge. It also offers a similar number of songs as Spotify and company. A family plan is also available for $14.99 a month, or $149 a year.
However, what sets Amazon’s service apart from the others is that there’ll be two cheaper plans available. Amazon Prime subscribers can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for $7.99 a month, or $79 a year. Owners of the Amazon Echo can subscribe to an Echo-only plan for $3.99 a month. However, the Echo-only plan is just that—not available on phones, tablets, etc., or even on more than one Echo device. Additionally, a Prime subscription’s still required.
The old Prime Music service, still limited to a few million songs, is still available to Prime subscribers for free.
Of course, the question remains: will Amazon’s service will be a success? Those heavily invested in Amazon’s ecosystem (such as Fire tablet or Echo owners) might be interested. Existing Prime subscribers might also be interested; it’d save a few dollars over other services.
I’m not sure non-Prime subscribers will find much reason to choose Amazon Music Unlimited over other services. I also agree with CNET (warning: autoplay video)—the Echo-only service doesn’t sound like it’s worth it.
Amazon’s obviously hoping to attract users based on its existing media ecosystem, plus inexpensive pricing.
My usage of Amazon as a music service has mostly been for buying MP3 singles. I never used their music streaming service when I had Prime.
Do you use Amazon’s music services? Or have any interest in Amazon Music Unlimited?