Amazon Music Unlimited – details, cost, family plan, recommendations and everything you need to know

Amazon's streaming service rivals Spotify and Apple Music both in price and in library size

Amazon Music Unlimited is one of the newest streaming services on the block: it launched in the UK in November 2016. Below you’ll find out how it works, and how it compares to other streaming services.

What is Amazon Music Unlimited?

Unlimited is a music streaming service provided, obviously, by Amazon. Distinct from Prime Music – the streaming service already included for Prime customers, which has two million songs in its library – Unlimited is a massive library of 40 million songs that rivals Spotify or Apple Music. This means you hear almost any deep cut you can think of, alongside all the latest releases.

Why’s it better than Spotify or Apple Music?

You can use it seamlessly with Amazon Echo, the same company’s intelligent home system that plays music, has voice control, and can be hooked up to your home’s lights, thermostats – and loads of other stuff – via the internet. With Echo, you can simply use your voice to ask for any artist, genre, or song you want to hear, and if you fancy your chances you can ask Alexa to play you songs to suit your mood.

How else can I listen to Amazon Music Unlimited?

As well as with Amazon Echo, you can use Unlimited with apps on your iPhone or Android, with your PC or Mac, your Fire TV, and in certain cars. You can stream, or download files to use anywhere, anytime.

Are there adverts?

It’s a paid-for service, so no.

Do I need to be a Prime member to use Amazon Music Unlimited?

No, but you’ll get a better deal if you’re a Prime member. We’ll explain exactly how below.

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How much does Amazon Music Unlimited cost?

If you’re just using it with one Amazon Echo, or one Echo Dot, it’s just £3.99 per month. This subscription doesn’t let you listen on other devices, though.

If you want to use it across multiple devices and you’re a Prime member, it’ll cost you only £7.99 per month (non-Prime price £9.99) – so for Prime members, it’s cheaper than Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. If you’re Prime and you want to get 12 months for the price of 10, you can also pay a flat rate of £79 for the year. This means that if you’re a Prime member and you pay for a year of AMU in one go, you’ll be saving £40.88 per year compared to those paying £9.99 per month for their streaming service.

Are there any special offers?

Right now NME‘s got a deal that gives Prime members four months of access to Amazon Music Unlimited for just 99p.

Is there a free trial?

Yes. If you’re using Echo, ask Alexa about it. If you’re interested in using it on more devices, go here.

Is there a family option?

Yes – for up to six family members (one more than Spotify gives you) – and Prime members also get a better deal here than they would on Apple Music or Spotify if they sign up for a year’s use in one go: in that case it’ll cost £149 for the year.

If you want to pay month by month, you’ll pay £14.99 per month whether or not you’re Prime. That’s the same rate as Spotify and Apple Music’s family plans. To read the full list of Ts&Cs click here

How do family accounts work?

Each member of the family has an Amazon account which is linked up to the subscription. This means each family member gets personalised recommendations – no crossover. Each family member must be at least 13 to have an account.