Amazon Music Unlimited review: Pricing, plans and features
Music streaming services are in their prime, and Amazon has its very own library of tunes to consider.
Amazon Music Unlimited works seamlessly with Alexa-enabled devices. But for phones and other devices, there’s not much that sets it apart from its competitors.
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Amazon Music Unlimited offers an impressive library of music with cool integration features with the Amazon device family, like the Echo or Fire TV hardware. But if you’re looking for a wide range of non-music content or are looking for a service with a free tier, you may want to look elsewhere.
What's in this guide?
Pros and Cons
- Amazon Device Integration. Amazon Music Unlimited is optimized for use with Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo and Dot. You can get a sizable discount by only streaming on one dedicated Amazon device as well.
- Cheaper with Prime. If you have an existing Amazon Prime membership, you save money on your Amazon Music Unlimited subscription rather than pay more for an additional service like Spotify or Apple Music.
- Doesn’t do much new. If you don’t have an Amazon device or Alexa-enabled speaker, you may not find much to separate Amazon Music Unlimited from other music streaming services.
- Library size uncertain. Because Amazon Music Unlimited is incorporated with Amazon’s music purchasing storefront, it’s unclear exactly how many songs are available as part of the subscription.
What features does Amazon Music Unlimited offer?
Playlists and stations
Just like Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited offers curated playlists and the option to create personal playlists.
You can also access playlists created around a genre or artist. For example, the Lady Gaga station will serve you up a healthy mix of Gaga’s tunes and other artists with connecting themes, genres and moods.
Amazon Music Unlimited offers offline play for tracks. If you’re heading on a long-haul flight or simply want to avoid excess data usage, you can download tracks and albums before leaving the safety of your WiFi connection.
This one is a no-brainer for a paid music streaming service, but Amazon Music Unlimited lets you listen to your tunes on-demand with no ad breaks, as well as giving you an unlimited number of song skips.
Hands-free listening with Alexa
If you’re caught up in an intense gaming session or in the middle of cooking dinner, you can enable hands-free mode on your Alexa-compatible device to allow for up to eight hours of continuous playback from your Amazon Music Unlimited account while off the charging cradle.
What music is available on Amazon Music Unlimited?
Amazon Music Unlimited boasts a music library of over 50 million tracks. However, Amazon also acts as a digital music store and allows you to purchase tracks and albums for a one-off fee. It’s not entirely clear from Amazon Music Unlimited’s landing page how many of the 50 million tracks are available for free to subscribers.
What apps and devices are compatible with Amazon Music Unlimited?
You can also download the app for your PC, Mac, Android, iOS or Fire TV or simply listen in via the Amazon Music Unlimited web portal.
Smart Home device compatibility?
- Amazon Echo Dot
- Fire TV
- Fire Stick.
How much does Amazon Music Unlimited cost?
|Student Plan||$0.99||Requires verification of enrollment at an accredited college or university|
|Single-Device Plan||$3.99||Stream on 1 dedicated device only. Eligible devices include:|
$7.99 for Prime members
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|Family Plan||14.99||Stream on up to 6 devices at a time|
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Case study: Katia's experience
I signed up for Amazon Music Unlimited when I got my Amazon Echo Show (hi, Alexa!). As a music lover, I liked the Amazon Originals library, which has a selection of songs that aren’t available on any other streaming service. I also appreciated how I could ask Alexa to play not only a song, artist or album, but also music that suited the specific vibe I was going for — like “chill party music.” The playlists were well curated, and I discovered a bunch of artists that way.
While I scored a discount on the service because I had a Prime account, I decided to cancel my subscription. I had access to Prime’s massive library and was already paying for Spotify Premium, so I didn’t feel Amazon Music Unlimited offered a huge amount of added value.
Amazon Music Unlimited offers the best integration for Amazon devices. But if you’re listening on your phone, tablet or computer, you have other options, too. Get the details on and browse the best deals in our guide to music streaming.