Amazon’s music streaming service makes lots of sense when you’re already embedded into the Amazon ecosystem and have a number of Echo or Fireplace TV gadgets. One cause for that’s that many songs have lyrics which could be proven in time with the music in your TV, within the Alexa app or in your Echo Present sensible show.
Many individuals assume the service is known as Prime Music, however that’s solely one in every of three tiers accessible and is probably the most restricted and Amazon really calls it Music Prime.
Amazon launched Music HD again in 2019 which provided CD-quality (or higher) audio for individuals who need one thing aside from compressed MP3 high quality in addition to a choice of ‘3D’ music that may be loved on a speaker such because the Amazon Echo Studio.
Nevertheless, in Could 2021, Amazon rolled this into the Limitless tier, paradoxically on the identical day that Apple launched Hello-Fi and spatial streaming.
This implies there’s a option to make and in addition a choice of plans for Limitless customers to select from. Right here we’ll clarify all of them so you’ll be able to see the distinction between Prime and Limitless tiers.
Do Amazon Prime members get Amazon Music free?
Sure, however this isn’t the identical factor as Amazon Music Limitless or Music Free so you should select which one you’d like:
So how do they examine? Because the Prime half suggests, the primary service is included as a part of an Amazon Prime membership which prices £79.99/US$139 per 12 months and provides you entry to round 2 million songs, a fraction of the 90 million songs you get with Amazon Music Limitless, which requires its solely month-to-month value (see full value desk beneath).
As talked about earlier, Music HD has now been made free for Limitless customers successfully making it simply part of that service. It implies that you get a lot larger high quality audio with ‘HD’ (CD high quality) or ‘Extremely HD’ with as much as 10x the bitrate of songs streamed through the usual Music service – a basic 320kbps.
You probably have a ok web connection, a tool that helps high-quality audio in addition to headphones or audio system with a big sufficient dynamic vary, you’ll be listening to Hello-Res Audio. Simply be aware that solely 9 million tracks can be found in Extremely HD.
In the event you’re not a Prime member, then you’ll be able to nonetheless get Amazon Music free of charge however through the ad-supported free tier. It consists of 1000’s of free stations and playlists.
Like different streaming providers, Amazon Prime Music allows you to stream music on demand over your web connection. That may be in your telephone, nevertheless it may also be in your pc or through an Amazon Echo sensible speaker. The latter is among the most handy methods to entry Prime Music since you’ll be able to merely ask Alexa to play a music, album or playlist.
Naturally, you may also obtain songs and albums to your telephone to allow them to be performed offline.
For an in-depth comparability, learn Prime Music vs Amazon Music Limitless.
How a lot does Amazon Music value?
That is the place it could possibly get somewhat complicated, so we’ve put collectively this useful desk – the costs proven are per 30 days.
Particular person planFamily planStuden planSingle gadget (Echo or Fireplace TV)Amazon Music Prime£7.99 / $12.99N/AN/AN/AAmazon Music Limitless£9.99 / $8.99£14.99 / $14.99£4.99 £3.99 / $3.99
These are the month-to-month costs however as we’ve stated, you’ll be able to pay yearly if you’re a Prime member, which makes it cheaper. A Prime subscription prices £79.99/US$139 a 12 months which suggests Prime Music can value as little as £6.67/$11.58 per 30 days.
The primary limitation of the Particular person plan is that members of a family all must share the identical playlists and library and so forth. If you’d like your individual ‘account’ which accommodates solely the music and playlists you want, then you definitely’ll want a Household plan which prices £14.99/$14.99pm. It means that you can stream on as much as six gadgets on the identical time.
The outlier is the choice to get Music Limitless on a single Amazon Echo or Fireplace gadget for £3.99/$3.99pm. That’s nice when you solely have one Echo, or just one by means of which you often take heed to music. However you gained’t be capable to take heed to the total library of 50 million songs on some other Echos you personal, nor play these tracks utilizing the Echo’s multiroom audio function.
College students (who’re enrolled at an accredited school or college) can get Music Limitless for a reduced value of £4.99pm within the UK.
How can I take heed to Amazon Prime Music?
There are many methods you’ll be able to take heed to Amazon Music. You’ll be able to ask Alexa to play songs in your Echo, however you may also obtain the Amazon Music app. This is similar app you’d get when you subscribe to Amazon Music Limitless and it’s merely known as Amazon Music.
Right here’s what it seems to be like on an iPhone:
The apps do precisely what you’d anticipate: you’ll be able to seek for songs, create your individual playlists, take heed to tracks on demand and obtain them to your gadget so you’ll be able to hear with out an web connection. All of that is with ad-free playback.
Amazon Music is additionally accessible through an online browser.
You’ll discover on Amazon’s web site a full checklist of supported gadgets.
What’s My Music in Amazon Music?
One of many tabs within the app is My Music. This homes the music you’ve purchased from Amazon, and may embrace CDs you’ve bought due to Amazon’s ‘autorip’ function that offers you entry to the MP3 variations.
On the lookout for alternate options to Amazon Music? Take a look at our comparability of all the perfect music streaming providers.