If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber you can already stream music, so why would you want to pay US$7.99 for the just launched Amazon Music Unlimited? It’s the extras you get with Amazon Music Unlimited that set the two apart—but they may not be worth the price.
- Ad-free music playback
- Curated playlists
- Personalized stations
- Unlimited skips
- Offline listening
- Streaming on Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap
- Streaming app for iOS and Android
The biggest difference between Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited is the number of available songs: Prime streaming offers about 2 million tracks, where Amazon Music Unlimited offers “tens of millions” of songs.
Amazon Music Unlimited includes Side-by-Sides, which is a “behind the scenes” feature where artists offer commentary on their songs and albums. It also offers additional Echo commands so listeners can say things like, “Alexa, play Bruno Mars” to create a playlist of popular Bruno Mars songs, or “Alexa, play happy music” to build a playlist of uplifting songs based on your listening history. Prime Music doesn’t offer those features, although Echo users can ask Alexa to play songs and different music types in a more limited way.
If a larger music library, behind the scenes commentary, and extra Echo voice commands sound like your thing, then maybe Amazon Music Unlimited is for you. That’s assuming the monthly cost is worth it.
Prime Music is included with your $99 a year Prime subscription. Amazon Music Unlimited costs an extra $7.99 a month for Prime members, or $3.99 a month if you have an Echo, the soon to ship Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap. You can also sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited for $9.99 a month if you aren’t a Prime subscriber.
If you’re still on the fence, Amazon Music Unlimited includes a 30-day free trial so you can try before you subscribe. If you don’t already have an Apple Music or Spotify subscription, maybe Amazon Music Unlimited is worth it—especially if you already have an Echo.