Amazon has announced that the entire Amazon Music library of over 100 million tracks is now free to stream ad-free for Prime members. That’s a massive increase from the 2 million tracks that Prime members had access to prior to this change. Before you go canceling your music subscriptions, the catch is that you can’t request songs individually, but must, instead, request artists, albums, or playlists in shuffle mode to hear the expanded library without an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.
If you want to play a specific song at will, whether you’re a Prime member or not, you will still need an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. Without one, selecting to play a specific album is probably the closest way to get a specific track to play, but even then the tracks in the album will play in a randomly shuffled order. You also won’t have access to HD tracks or spatial audio tracks without a premium subscription.
In addition to expanding the free music library for Prime members, Amazon is making select podcasts available ad-free, such as podcasts from CNN, ESPN, NPR, and The New York Times. There’s also a new Podcast Preview feature that will play “a short, digestible soundbite” of a podcast to help you decide if you want to play the episode. Think of it like a trailer for a podcast.