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 Music Unlimited service is now available in Canada

Amazon has announced that their Amazon Music Unlimited streaming music service is now available in Canada. The service is available with a 90-day free trial. After that, Prime members will pay CDN $7.99 per month or CDN $79 per year, while non-Prime members will pay CDN $9.99 per month. Those prices are for individual plans, but Family plans for up to six household members are also available for CDN $14.99 per month or CDN $149 per year. The plan options don’t stop there because there is also a CDN $3.99 per month plan that can only be streamed from a single Echo device and a CDN $4.99 per month plan that is only available to students. Amazon Music Unlimited offers multiple millions of songs, versus Prime Music, which only offers a little over 1 million songs.

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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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All Fire TV devices will be eligible for the $3.99 Amazon Music Unlimited plan later this month

Thanks to Alexa, the Amazon Fire TV line of devices have shared many features with the Amazon Echo line of devices. With the announcement of the new Fire TV Cube, Amazon has blurred the lines between those devices more than ever. That’s why, starting June 21st, when the Fire TV Cube ships, all Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions will become eligible for the significantly cheaper $3.99 Amazon Music Unlimited plan that is currently only available to Echo devices. 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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Stream music service Tidal releases new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The streaming music service Tidal has just released an app for Amazon Fire TV devices. Tidal is owned by Jay-Z and various other music artists. It is the first artist-owned music service and is among the top music services by the number of tracks and users. Their catalog includes more than 50 million tracks with an assortment of original content, thanks to its close ties to music artists. The service costs $9.99 per month for unlimited streaming and comes with a 30-day free trial.

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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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Deezer is the latest streaming music service to be natively compatible with Amazon’s Alexa

Right on the heels of Gimme Radio recently gaining Alexa support, Deezer is now the latest streaming music service to work natively with Alexa. While Deezer does offer a very limited free streaming option, you’ll need to subscribe to one of their paid plans to listen through Alexa. Deezer is mostly equivalent to other music services, like Amazon Music Unlimited and Spotify, so you’ll be able to request songs/artists/playlists directly through Alexa. The service also offers a feature called Flow which is a never-ending mix of your favorite songs and recommended music. Alexa’s stable of compatible music services consists of Amazon Music Unlimited, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, Gimme Radio, and Deezer.

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