Amazon has just announced a new free music service for Echo owners. If you’re not a Prime member with access to Prime Music and are not an Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber, you can now stream music from Amazon on your Echo device without paying anything.
Amazon’s new free music service is ad-supported, so expect to hear ads between songs if you’re not a Prime member or an Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber. That is to be expected since the two most popular music services with free listening, Spotify and Pandora, work the same way. All Echo devices immediately have access to the new free Amazon Music service.
A key difference between the free service and Amazon’s paid music services is that you can’t request specific songs or albums. Music requests for the free service are limited to playlists and stations. You can ask for a specific playlist from over 1,000 available or ask for a station by requesting music related to a specific genre, decade, or artist.
The selection of free music is identical to the over 2 million song Prime Music library, according to TechCrunch. If you want access to more music, you’ll need to pay $3.99 per month for access to Amazon Music Unlimted on a single Echo device or $7.99(Prime)/$9.99(non-Prime) per month for the multi-device Amazon Music Unlimited plans.