Are you a music freak? Amazon got something new to turn you on! The company on Wednesday launched a new on-demand music streaming service called ‘Amazon Music Unlimited.’ Available for $7.99/month for Prime members, and $9.99 per month for non-Prime members, the service offers tens of millions of songs to all music lovers.
Recode was first to publish a report back in August about Amazon’s plan to launch a “for Echo” only plan. Peter Kafka of Recode had reported then that Amazon was working on a music subscription service that would work the same way as other services being offered by Apple, Spotify and others. The company also launched a “for Echo” subscription plan that lets you listen to connected speakers for only $3.99/month.
Prime members could have access to over two million songs, as well as a thousand playlists and personalized stations, reports TechCrunch. Membership affords you the opportunity to listen to loads of your favorite songs from major record labels such as Warner, Sony, and Universal.
Family subscription plan is in the offing
Something is being worked out by Amazon to cater to the needs of family of up to six people. For $14.99/month or $149/year, a family of six can listen to loads of songs via Amazon Music Unlimited—but that plan is currently being worked out and will be available before the end of the year. For Prime members who would love to make their subscription just once in a year, the company says they can pay $79; that’s $6.58/month.
Amazon Music Unlimited is advert-free, and supports standard features such as offline listening. It also works across any compatible device such as Amazon Echo [not unexpected], Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. Other devices you can use the service with include Amazon Fire tablets, Macs, Sonos, Bose, the web, iOS, Android and more.
Alexa lends a helping hand
The beauty of it is the integration with Amazon’s Alexa. It makes the service easier to use and much fun too. Sometimes you are lost for words and don’t know what the title of a particular song is. Alexa makes it easy for you because all you need to provide is a few lyrics, and the rest is taken care of by the AI.
“And if you want a sense of the future of voice-controlled music, go ahead and ask Alexa for a free Music Unlimited trial, and play around on your Echo,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, per Consumer Affairs. “If you don’t know the name of a song but know a few lyrics, if you want to hear songs from a specific decade, or even if you’re looking for music to match your mood, just ask.”
You can ask Alexa more complicated questions such as: “play Green Day’s new song” to hear the band’s latest single; you can request music that matches a mood (e.g. “Alexa, play ‘Happy Music’”); or even a genre from a particular era (e.g. “play the most popular rock from the 90’s”).
You can even ask “Alexa, start my free trial to Amazon Music Unlimited.”