Amazon announces premium streaming service Music Unlimited
Amazon is revamping its music efforts.
The giant online retailer announced Amazon Music Unlimited on Wednesday morning, a premium streaming service aimed at taking a bite of the industry led by Spotify and Apple Music. Plans to access Amazon’s catalogue of songs and handcrafted playlists, online or via the updated Amazon Music app, run for $7.99 per month or $79 per year for Prime members and $9.99 for non-Prime subscribers. A family plan for up to six people will come later this year for $14.99 per month or $149 per year.
Owners of Amazon’s smart speaker Echo can subscribe to Music Unlimited for $3.99 per month. Alexa, Echo’s personal assistant, can be asked to play a specific artist, a certain genre or decade of music, or even be asked to find a song based on a few lyrics. Their Side-by-Side feature will play songs from particular artists, who will personally provide commentary on their tracks and albums.