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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Gimme Radio is the latest streaming music service to come to Amazon Alexa

While new Alexa skills are being released every day at a staggering rate, it’s still rare for Alexa to gain support for a new streaming music. Gimme Radio has just become the 7th streaming service supported by Alexa. If you head into the music section of the Alexa app, you’ll find the new Gimme Radio option listed among Spotify, SiriusXM, and others. Selecting it will direct you to install their new Alexa skill, where you can log in to begin listening. Gimme Radio is a free 24/7 streaming radio station that features hand-picked music designed exclusively for the metal fan. Their DJs include Dave Mustaine, lead singer of Megadeth, and Randy Blythe, lead singer of Lamb of God, among several others.

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Amazon’s Alexa can now create and modify Music Playlists

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has a wide variety of music-related capabilities, but when it came to playlists, it couldn’t do anything but play them, that is, until today. You can now ask Alexa to create a playlist on the fly by saying “Create a playlist called [Playlist Name].” To add a song to any playlist, say “Add this song to my [Playlist Name] playlist” while the song is playing. You can also add a song and create a new playlist in one go by saying “Add this song to a new playlist named [Playlist Name].” There doesn’t seem to be a way to add a song to a playlist by name while it is not currently being played. You are also unable to remove songs from playlists using Alexa, nor are you able to delete a playlist entirely. Those tasks will still need to be done through Amazon’s website or apps. Alexa’s new playlist capabilities work with Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.

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Pandora app on Fire TV now supports their on-demand premium music service

Pandor has announced that they’ve updated their Fire TV app to now support their premium music service that offers on-demand streaming of the entire Pandora music library. While Pandora is best known for their free radio-like music that gives you limited control of what music plays, Pandora Premium is their answer to subscription music services like Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited. Read more ›

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