Amazon has just updated their Amazon Music app for iOS for the iPhone and iPad with support for Apple Carplay. If you have a vehicle equipped with Carplay, you can now easily access your Amazon Music library right from your dash through a native interface. This works with both
Prime Music and Music Unlimited subscriptions, as well content you’ve individualy purchased or uploaded yourself. Support for Android Auto has been available for some time, so it’s nice to see Amazon now including support for the other popular car dash operating system.
SiriusXM Radio has just released a brand new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app gives access to all 155 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news, and comedy from the satellite radio provider. You will need a subscription to the service before listening to any of the programming. Streaming online-only subscriptions start at $15.99 per month, or you can add streaming access to any of SiriusXM’s satellite plans for an extra $4 per month. The app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.
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Amazon has just started a promotion for the Black Friday weekend where you will earn a $20 credit to use toward an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription for buying any physical CD or Vinyl. If you’re a Prime member, that means you can use the $20 credit and get a 12 month subscription for $59, or just $4.92 per month. If you have a Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap speaker, you could use the $20 credit for 5 free months of music on your device with the Echo-only $3.99 per month plan, not counting the initial free trial month. A good place to start shopping are Amazon’s Black Friday Deals in CD & Vinyl. This offer ends at midnight tonight and is for both new or existing Amazon Music Unlimited customers.
When Amazon Music Unlimited launched last month, it was missing the option to share a single subscription among several family members. That option is now available with the arrival of family plans for Amazon Music Unlimited. For $14.99 per month, which is $5 more than the individual plan, you can share your music subscription with up to 6 family members. If you’re a Prime member, you also have the option to save $30 by paying $149 per year.
Amazon’s new premium music streaming service, called Music Unlimited, is now available in the UK, Germany, and Austria. The service launched a month ago in the US but is now available overseas. Pricing is identical to that in the US, but just in the respective country’s currency. Non-Prime members will pay £9.99/9,99€ per month. Prime members will pay £7.99/7,99€ per month but also have the option to pay £79/79€ annually. Amazon is also offering the Echo-only plan overseas for £3.99/3,99€ per month, but remember, that only allows access on a single device.
This guide will show you how to install the Android TV version of the Google Play Music app on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Your device does not need to be rooted to follow this guide. Having a mouse and keyboard attached to your device, like the Logitech K400 USB keyboard w/touchpad or 1byone Bluetooth keyboard w/touchpad, will make the guide easier to follow, but it can also be done with just the Fire TV remote. Read more ›
Along with the arrival of Amazon Music Unlimited, Alexa has gained a few new tricks to make finding the right music easier and more natural. For starters, asking to play music by an artist, without being too specific about which song or album you want, will automatically play the most popular tracks, instead of just shuffling an artist’s entire collection. Vague requests will now be tailored to your music tastes, based on your listening history, so saying “Alexa, play happy music” or “Alexa, play dinner party music” will play music that matches that description from a genre you tend to listen to, like “Pop To Make you Feel Better” or “Indie Dinner Party.”
If you can’t remember the title or even artist of a specific song, but can remember a lyric, you can now say “Alexa, play the song that goes…” or Alexa, play the song with the lyric…” and Alexa will try to find a song with the lyric that you say. You can also now ask for an artist’s “new song” if you know something just got released but don’t know the name of the song. Alexa can now also play songs by decade or year, so you can say “Alexa, play the most popular rock from 1996” or “Alexa, play Van Halen from the 70s” to narrow down what’s played. Lastly, you can now say “Alexa, play the Song of the Day” to hear a song picked daily by Amazon. The Song of the Day is introduced by a DJ that tells you a little about the song before it starts playing, and suggestions for further listening after the song ends.
Amazon Music Unlimited, the new stand-alone music streaming service from Amazon, launched this morning with an enticing $3.99 per month option for Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap owners. The catch though is that the $3.99 plan can only be used from a single device. That doesn’t mean a single device at a time, but rather, it literally means only a single Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap can access the Amazon Music Unlimited library. Read more ›
One great side effect of Amazon’s new Music Unlimited streaming service is that it has considerably increased the number of songs available to Prime members through Amazon Prime Music. Yesterday, there were around 1.8 million songs in the Prime Music library that Prime Members can access for free. Now there are just over 2.2 million songs available in Prime Music. To make Amazon Music Unlimited a reality, Amazon must have made numerous new deals with record labels. It looks like those deals included Prime Music negotiations as well, so if there’s a song you’ve wanted to listen to that hasn’t been in Prime Music, you may want to take a second look.
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. Read more ›