Amazon has launched their long-rumored new music streaming service. As I discovered last week, it’s called Amazon Music Unlimited and has several different pricing options. For those of you who are not Prime members the service is $9.99 per month. There is a family plan for $14.99 per month or $149 per year, which will be available soon, that grants access to 6 family members. These prices are equal to competing services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music. The pricing gets more interesting and competitive for Prime member who can pay either $7.99 per month or $79 per year, which comes out being about $6.58 per month. There is also an Echo-only plan for just $3.99 per month that grants access to the new music service from Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap devices only. Regardless of which payment option you select, the library of music accessible to you is exactly the same.
Amazon Music Unlimited offers “tens of millions of songs,” according to Amazon. More precisely, the service currently includes just over 27.3 million songs, which does not encompass all 41 million songs available for purchase in Amazon’s music store. So like with any music streaming service, you’re bound to find songs that are unavailable, but 27 million songs is on par with similarly priced competing services.
Amazon Prime Music is not being replaced by this new music service. Instead, you can think of it as an upgrade to Prime Music, which currently has just over 2 million songs in its library. Unfortunately, unlike the rumors suggested, Amazon Music Unlimited does not come with unlimited music uploads to your Amazon Drive account. Amazon Music Unlimited offers a 30 day free trial and is available now in the US. The service will be coming soon to the U.K., Germany, and Austria.