Alexa can now notify you when your favorite artist releases new music

Alexa has a new feature that lets you follow music artists. Doing so will result in your Echo devices letting you know when that artist releases something new. The alerts come in as standard Alexa notification, which means your Echo’s LED light ring will light up yellow and you’ll need to say “Alexa, what did I miss” or “Alexa, read my notifications” to hear the message. To follow or unfollow an artist, simply say “Alexa, follow/unfollow [artist name].” You can also follow and unfollow artists by visiting their page in the Amazon Music mobile app or web player.

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Amazon’s Alexa Cast lets you cast music to Alexa devices and groups

Amazon has introduced a new feature called Alexa Cast that, as you can probably guess, lets you cast music to Alexa devices. It is being rolled out in an update to the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. Tapping the new casting icon in the app brings up a list of your Alexa devices as well as your Alexa groups as destinations for music. Control between the app and the device remains in sync and can be controlled through either the device or the app simultaneously. Read more ›

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Alexa is now hands-free in the Amazon Music app on Android and iOS

Amazon has started rolling out an update to the Amazon Music app for Android and iOS devices that adds hands-free Alexa capabilities. These apps gained Alexa last year but you had to press an Alexa button on the screen each time you wanted to make a request. With this update, as long as the Amazon Music app is on-screen, you can now say “Alexa” and make a request without touching anything. Read more ›

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Amazon announces exclusive Elton John audio program stream with interviews, stories, and more

Amazon has announced an upcoming exclusive audio program called The Soundboard with Elton John. It’s an aduio stream that will start on April 6th at midnight EST and last only 24 hours. The program is airing in conjuction with the release of two separate Elton John and Bernie Taupin tribute albums Revamp and Restoration. All Amazon customers, without needing to be a Prime member or Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber, will be able to tune into the audio collaboration between Elton John and long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin to hear exclusive interviews with Elton, Bernie, Coldplay, The Killers, Chris Stapleton, Q-Tip, Demi Lovato, and many more. Customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Austria can listen to the program using the Amazon Music app, the web player, or through Alexa by saying “Alexa, play The Soundboard.

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Amazon’s MP3 music storage service will end on April 30th

Last year, Amazon announced that their music storage service would be coming to an end. At the time, Amazon said that customers paying for the service could continue using the service as long as they did not let their $25 annual subscription expire. Amazon has now changed their policy and has announced that all paid subscriptions will be coming to an end on April 30th. Customers using either the free or paid version of the music storage service can continue streaming their music after the end date, but they need to take action now. Read more ›

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Amazon Music Unlimited temporarily offering 60-day free trial for new subscribers — Double the usual length

If you’ve never tried Amazon Music Unlimited, the premium subscription music service from Amazon that gives you access to tens of millions of tracks, now is a pretty good time to give it a shot. For a very limited time, Amazon is doubling the usual 30-day free trial to a 60-day free trial through a new promotion. To get in on this offer, follow the instructions on this page. You just need to click a button and sign up to try Amazon Music Unlimited for a full two months at no charge. This offer ends in about a week on March 25th, so sign up soon if you’re interested.

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Amazon Music no longer allows customers to upload their own songs

Amazon is getting rid of the music storage aspect of their streaming music service. Amazon says that, as of December 18th, customers can no longer use the Amazon Music app for Mac or PC to upload their own music files to later stream through Amazon’s apps and devices. Read more ›

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Alexa is now available in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets

Amazon has announced that they’ve added Alexa to their Amazon Music apps in the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes App Store. You’ve already been able to summon Alexa within the Amazon shopping app and request music that way, but that was never an ideal way to access your music. Alexa’s integration in the Amazon Music apps gives you a much nicer way to use your voice to access all of your tunes.

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Get 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 — Today is the last day [Expired]

If you still haven’t signed up for 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99, today is the last day. This offer ends tonight at midnight, along with all of the other Prime Day Deals. The beauty of this offer is that there is absolutely no commitment necessary. You can literally cancel the subscription immediately after signing up, and continue to enjoy access to over 30 million songs for 4 months without worrying about remembering to cancel later. If you decide you like the service, you can decide to re-sign up once the 4 months are over. This is by far the best music subscription deal around. Check out the other Prime Day deals that are now live and check back here often because I’ll be posting the best deals all day as they go live.

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Prime members can still get 4 Months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 [Expired]

For those of you who might have missed the post from last week, you can still get a 4 month Music Unlimited subscription for $0.99. That’s easily the best deal for a music subscription anywhere, which is why I’m posting about it again. Thanks to a comment from RVD26 on the previous post, we’ve learned that you can pay the $0.99, then immediately cancel the subscription, and you’ll still get to enjoy 4 months of music without worrying about remembering to cancel later. This great deal is unfortunately for new subscribers only, so if you’ve already tried Amazon Music Unlimited, you won’t be able to take advantage of this deal. Amazon Music Unlimited offers access to nearly 30 million songs from all of your devices, including the Echo and Fire TV line. For comparison, Prime Music grants access to around 2 million songs. This offer is for Prime members only and will end July 11.

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