Spotify is probably the best-known music streaming service, but Amazon has a music offering of its own. Here we’ll answer all your questions about Amazon Prime Music.
Do Amazon Prime members get Amazon Music free?
Yes, but there are two tiers of Amazon’s music streaming service:
So what’s the difference? As the Prime part suggests, the first tier is included with an Amazon Prime membership. So, technically, it isn’t free: it’s one of the benefits included in an Amazon Prime subscription, which also includes Amazon Video and one-day delivery.
Prime Music give you access to around 2 million songs, which sounds a lot, but it’s a fraction of the 50 million songs you get with Amazon Music Unlimited. But you still get around a thousand playlists and Stations. Playlists can include things such as 1990s music, new music, and specific genres - these are playlists curated by Amazon.
Stations take a particular track and play a variety of similar music.
Like other streaming services, Amazon Prime Music lets you stream music on demand over your internet connection. That can be on your phone, but it can also be on your computer or via an Amazon Echo smart speaker. The latter is one of the most convenient ways to access Prime Music since you can simply ask Alexa to play a song, album or playlist. But you can also download songs and albums so they can be played offline.
If you subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited, that doesn't require a Prime membership: i,e, you can have Music Unlimited without any of Amazon’s other services.
For an in-depth comparison, read Prime Music vs Amazon Music Unlimited.
How much does Amazon Prime Music cost?
As we've said, it's part of a Prime subscription which costs £79 / US$119 a year.
- Get a free trial of Amazon Prime here.
If you find that the albums or songs you want aren't included in the 2 million tracks available, you can upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited to Music Unlimited for £7.99 / US$7.99 per month if you haven't subscribed before (or £79 / $79 for a whole year). If you have subscribed before, the Individual Plan costs £10.99 / US$10.99 per month.
The main limitation of the Individual plan is that members of a household all have to share the same playlists and library. If you want your own 'account' which contains only the music and playlists you like, then you'll need a Family plan which costs £14.99 / $14.99 per month.
There's one final option: you can subscribe to Music Unlimited on a single Amazon Echo device, and this costs just £3.99 / $3.99 per month. That's great if you only have one Echo, or only one through which you usually listen to music. But you won't be able to access the full library on any other Echos you own, nor play those tracks using the Echo's multiroom audio feature.
How can I listen to Amazon Prime Music?
There are lots of ways you can listen to Amazon Music. You can ask Alexa to play songs on your Echo, but you can also download the Amazon Music app. This is the same app you’d get if you subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited and it's simply called Amazon Music. It's available for Android, iOS and is a built-in app on Amazon Fire tablets and Fire TV.
Here's what it looks like on an iPhone:
The apps do exactly what you'd expect: you can search for songs, create your own playlists, listen to tracks on demand and download them to your device so you can listen without an internet connection. All of this is with ad-free playback.
Amazon Music is also available via a web browser.
You'll find on Amazon's website a full list of supported devices.
What's My Music in Amazon Music?
One of the tabs in the app is My Music. This houses the music you’ve bought from Amazon, and can include CDs you’ve purchased because of Amazon’s ‘autorip’ feature that gives you access to the MP3 versions.
My Music can also contain songs and albums you uploaded to Amazon’s Music Storage service. This is shut down for good in January 2019, so any music you uploaded won’t be available in the app from then on.
Looking for alternatives to Amazon Music? Check out our comparison of all the best music streaming services.