Amazon Music subscribers without a Prime membership or an Amazon Music Unlimited (AMU) account can now listen to an ad-supported range of playlists–and thousands of radio-esque’ stations’–for free through the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, and FireTV, or through their browser.
Admission to the ad-supported, cost-free tier of the music service by Amazon had historically been limited to Amazon Echo phones and non-Prime / AMU users.
In the US, UK, and Germany, non-Echo holders can now access playlists and’ stations’ based on any album, artist, age, and genre.
Ironically, the extension of Amazon’s free tier coincides with the company’s ambitious pricing campaign–offering new subscribers four months of its paid on-demand service, Amazon Music Unlimited, for just $0.99/ £ 0.99.
Sure enough, if you sign in to the newly expanded free tier of Amazon today and try to play a particular song (rather than a playlist or’ station’), Amazon politely tells you that you don’t have an AMU account… but you can get one for that enticing trial price (see image, main).
The streaming music menu of Amazon currently includes five price levels for those who want to play their favourite music:
Users of Alexa-enabled devices – and now other devices as well – can access a commercial-supported music service, offering free radio ‘ stations ‘ or Amazon Music playlists; those who are already Prime members (US$ 119 per year) can also access a limited on-demand catalogue of more than 2 million songs through Prime Music;
Those who already have an Echo speaker can sign up to Amazon Music Unlimited (50m-plus songs),
Direct access to Amazon Music Unlimited–available on multiple devices and Apple Music’s direct rival or Spotify Premium–costs $9.99 a month, or $7.99 for existing Prime members. A family plan cost up to six people $14.99 a month, and it now pays $14.99 a month for Prime members to listen to Amazon Music HD, or $12.99 a month. An HD family plan’s price is $19.99 per month.