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.
For those of you unfamiliar with Amazon’s music storage service, it allowed all customers to upload 250 songs for free and stream those songs through Amazon Music apps and compatible devices, such as the Amazon Echo. Customers who needed more storage could pay $25 per year for the ability to upload up to 250,000 tracks.
When Amazon initially announced that the music storage service would be coming to an end, they immediately ended the ability to upload new tracks for customers using the free tier, but customers could continue streaming previously uploaded tracks until January 2019. Amazon said that customers using the paid tier would retain the ability to upload new tracks and could continue streaming their music as long as they didn’t let their subscription expire.
It was unclear at the time if paid customers would also retain the ability to upload new tracks as long as their subscription didn’t expire.
We now know that that is not the case since Amazon now says that paid customers will lose the ability to upload new tracks on April 30th. That will also be when all paid subscription renewals will end. Correction: Paid subscribers will be able to upload until their current subscription term ends, even if that is past April 30th.
Fans of Amazon’s music storage service are understandably upset that they will no longer be able to renew their subscription, as Amazon initial said they would. While Amazon never said the ability to upload new tracks would remain, it seems as though many assumed that would be the case if they didn’t let their subscription expire.
The one piece of good news is that Amazon is allowing users of the music storage service to continue streaming their tracks if they take action before the April 30th deadline. Both free and paid users can go to their music settings page and click a “Keep my music” button to retain the ability to play and download their uploaded tracks after April 30th. If you don’t opt into keeping your music, all uploaded tracks will be deleted after April 30th.
There is no longer any mention of a January 2019 cutoff for streaming of uploaded tracks for free users. This seems to imply that all customers, paid or free, will be able to stream their previously uploaded tracks indefinitely. Time will tell if that will be the case. I’m still of the opinion that Amazon will release a new network storage device this year that allows local OTA channel watching/recording for the Fire TV and local music playback for Alexa.