How it works, what it costs, and how it compares to other music streaming services.

By Eden Lichterman
June 04, 2020
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You’re probably no stranger to Amazon’s vast selection of products, but you may not be as familiar with the site’s music platform. Amazon Music is an audio streaming service and online music store. Whether you’re a Prime member or not, you can create an Amazon Music account to access millions of songs and playlists. We rounded up everything you need to know about Amazon Music, including how it works, what it costs, and how it compares to other music streaming services.

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How does Amazon Music work?

To access Amazon Music on a desktop or PC, follow this link to the service’s website. After you create an account, you’ll see a dashboard of music selections with a menu on the left side of the screen. You can choose “Browse” to discover new music or “My Music” to listen to the songs and albums you’ve added to your library.

You can also access the service through the Amazon Music app, which is available in the App Store, from Google Play, and for download on PCs and Mac.

Once you’ve reached Amazon Music, you can choose between three plans: Amazon Music Free, Amazon Music via Prime, or Amazon Music Unlimited.

Amazon Music Free:

If you’re interested in trying out the platform without investing in a paid subscription, go for Amazon Music Free. With this option, you don’t need a Prime account, and you gain access to hundreds of playlists and stations. You also get access to personalized streaming stations.

With the free option, there are ads between songs, and you don’t get unlimited plays. You also can’t access HD audio or download music to play offline.

This subscription is available on Echo devices, Alexa-enabled devices, iOS, Android, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, and Amazon Music for web. On devices with Alexa, you can use your voice to control music playback.

Amazon Music via Prime:

If you have an Amazon Prime account, then good news! You already have access to Amazon Music. There’s no additional cost for the music service on top of your Prime payment.

With the Prime plan, you get access to over 2 million songs, Amazon-curated playlists, and personalized streaming stations. The Prime plan doesn’t include HD audio, but you can listen to music ad-free and get unlimited plays.

You can use Amazon Music via Prime on any Amazon Music-supported devices, but you can only stream on one device at a time. Offline playback isn’t available.

Amazon Music Unlimited:

The final subscription plan is Amazon Music Unlimited, which is available with and without a Prime account. If you have Prime, you’re eligible for a discount on this plan.

On Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to over 60 million songs, thousands of playlists, and personalized streaming stations without ads or listening limits. You also have access to new songs and albums on the day they’re released.

Amazon Music Unlimited falls into sub-plans depending on how many people and devices will use your account.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Plan:

    This Unlimited plan works for one user. You can stream on one device at a time, but it can be any Amazon Music-supported device. You can download music for offline listening, and you can add on Amazon Music HD to listen to millions of songs in the highest quality streaming audio available.

    • Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan:

      This Unlimited plan works for up to six users at a time. It’s available on all Amazon Music-supported devices and allows you to download songs for offline playback. You can also add on Amazon Music HD.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited Single Device Plan:

    For a cheaper price, the single device plan gives you most of the benefits of the individual plan, besides the freedom to listen to audio on any Amazon Music-supported device. You can only stream on the Echo device or Fire TV you started your subscription on. You also can’t download music for offline listening.

How to cancel Amazon Music

If you’re not enjoying Amazon Music, you can easily cancel your subscription. To do so, go to your Amazon Music settings and find the section with your plan. Click on “Subscription Renewal” details and then press “Cancel.” You’ll then be prompted to confirm the cancellation.

How much is Amazon Music?

Amazon Music via Prime comes with a Prime subscription, which costs $12.99 per month or $119 a year. If you’re a student, you can get Prime for $6.49 per month or $59 a year.

Amazon Music Unlimited varies in price depending on the sub-plan. For Prime members, the individual plan costs $7.99 a month, and for non-Prime members it costs $9.99 a month. The family plan costs $14.99 per month, and the single device plan costs $3.99 per month for all users.

How to download music from Amazon

With the Amazon Music Unlimited Individual and Family plans, you can download music on the app and listen to it offline. To do so, click on the “My Music” tab at the bottom of the screen, and then click on the three dots to the right of any artist, album, or song. In the menu that pops up, click on “Download.” The song should now be available offline and have a check mark next to it.

Is Amazon Music better than other music streaming platforms?

Amazon Music closely competes with other platforms like Spotify, Pandora, and SoundCloud.

Both Amazon Music and Spotify feature over 50 million songs and offer personalized playlists. They also both have a free trial period and various subscription plans. Amazon Music, however, offers more tiers, which can be great for people who want to upgrade to the highest quality audio, but confusing for others who would prefer to choose between two options, like free and Premium on Spotify.

Pandora has less music than Amazon with around 30 million songs. The two services are similar in that they offer free and paid subscription plans and personalized stations. However, Amazon Music is available on more devices and has the benefit of voice controls through Alexa.

SoundCloud falls into a whole other category of music streaming services as it’s geared toward artists who want to upload original sounds.

The bottom line is that if you’re someone who values high quality sound or fills your home with Amazon devices, then Amazon Music makes sense for you. Plus, if you’re a Prime member, you already have access to the streaming service. If you’re looking for a plan that simply gives you access to millions of songs without ads, Spotify Premium may be the way to go.

Is Amazon Music worth the money?

If you want to listen to millions of songs without ads, access offline playback, and easily integrate Alexa into your listening experience on Amazon devices, then Amazon Music is certainly worth the money. Plus, if you’re a Prime member, you can get the individual plan on Amazon Music Unlimited for less than Spotify Premium.

What can I listen to on Amazon Music?

Think everything from classic rock and pop hits to country and indie tunes. You name it, Amazon Music has it. Depending on the plan you choose, you can have access to up to 60 million songs on Amazon Music in addition to personalized playlists and streaming stations.