The streaming wars today gained a new combatant.
Amazon Music Unlimited is launching today, offering a catalog of “tens of millions” of songs as well as “thousands” of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations. There are Amazon Music Unlimited apps available on Android, iOS, and the desktop.
When it comes to pricing, Amazon is offering Music Unlimited to Prime subscribers for $7.99 per month or $79 per year, which works out to $6.58 per month. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, your price will be $9.99 per month. Amazon also plans to offer a family plan for Music Unlimited that’ll cost $14.99 per month or $149 per year.
A 30-day free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited is available.
In addition to its music catalog that’s tens of millions deep, Amazon is touting that Music Unlimited has new Alexa voice controls on Echo devices. Some examples include “Alexa, play Sia” for Sia’s most popular songs and “Alexa, play Green Day’s new song” to hear the band’s latest single. You can also ask Alexa to play a certain song if you only know some of the lyrics, or you can ask for certain kinds of music, like “happy music” or “music for a dinner party.”
Amazon Music Unlimited is launching today in the US and will arrive in the UK, Germany, and Austria later this year.
On its face, Amazon Music Unlimited looks similar to services like Apple Music and Spotify, offering millions of songs and curated playlists. What makes Amazon’s offering interesting is that Prime members can save some money on the service, especially if they sign up for a yearly subscription. The Echo-only plan is also tempting for Echo owners, so long as your keep in mind that that $3.99 price only applies for a single device.
Will you give Amazon Music Unlimited a try?