The Amazon Prime Music service has always been a bit of an ugly stepchild. Never really good enough to compete with Spotify or Apple Music, but a decent free option for Prime members. Well, those days have changed as Bezos and company have really improved the service in recent months. It’s with this in mind that I wanted to talk about what Amazon Prime Music currently is and 7 reasons why it’s pretty darn cool.
1. Free for Prime Members
For those Amazon Prime members who aren’t in the know, Prime Music is completely free with your annual membership.
If you’ve been paying for Spotify or Apple Music it’s time to examine Prime Music closely.
While Prime Music only boosts 2 million songs, compared to 10 million at Spotify, you still have ad-free streaming and on-demand listening.
2. Offline Listening is Available
One of the reasons many music fanatics stick to Spotify is the ability to download songs to your device for offline playback.
But did you know that Amazon Music has had the ability to do offline playback for some time now?
Give it a whirl and you’ll no longer be hit with data charges and always have your favorite songs at your fingertips. Even when you don’t have cell service or a WiFi connection.
3. Ad-Free Music Streaming
So what’s the catch…surely they make you listen to a bunch of ads, right?
Wrong. You’ll never have to listen to an advertisement with Amazon Music.
Skip or search for songs all day long and never hear an ad.
4. Upload Your Own Music
You can also take all of the songs you already own and access them via Amazon Music.
It’s awesome to have all your music in one spot, especially if you’re into making custom playlists.
5. Prime Playlists Are Solid
Speaking of playlists, the Prime Playlists that are made available to you are WAY better than average.
A few of my favorites include Grill and Chill, 50 Great Songs from the Last 10 Years, and Summer Happy Hour.
Now they just need to add a “Discover Weekly” playlist (which Spotify has) to take their service to the next level.
The “Discover” playlist uses your listening history to find songs that you’ll probably like. It serves as a great way to quickly discover new songs and artists.
6. Easy Echo Integration
If you use the free version of Spotify, and own an Amazon Echo, you probably already know they aren’t compatible.
But Amazon Prime Music works with your Echo right out of the box.
Just tell your Echo to play “Foil” by Weird Al on Amazon Prime Music and boom, you’re immediately singing along.
7. Try Amazon Music Unlimited for Free for 30 Days
If you need more than 2 million songs, you’ll want to consider Amazon Music Unlimited and get access to close 10 million songs.
Here’s how the pricing currently breaks down:
- Unlimited Individual Plan – $7.99/mo or $79 for a year for Prime members. (Non-Prime price is $9.99/mo)
- Unlimited Family Plan – $14.99/mo or $149 a year for Prime members. (Non-Prime price is $14.99/mo)
- Echo Plan – $3.99/mo plan that will only play music on your Amazon Echo.
Better yet, CLICK HERE to try a 30-day free trial to Amazon’s unlimited music service.
Bonus: Upgrading to Music Unlimited?
If so, use promo code SUMMERMUSIC by 7/31/17 and get $10 off Amazon Music Unlimited.
Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with Amazon Prime Music? Other than a smaller amount of songs available, why would you opt for Spotify instead?
By Kyle James