Today, Amazon is expanding its music streaming offering by giving Prime members all 100 million songs in its Amazon Music library for free. However, there are some restrictions.
Amazon has extended the number of songs its Prime members can access in Amazon Music from 2 million to 100 million, which represents the entire catalog of songs that Amazon streams through its paid streaming service Amazon Music Unlimited. The extension will also include access to ” most popular podcasts, which will be available ad-free and at no additional cost to Prime members “, according to the company.
On their side, Apple Music offers over 100 million songs and 30,000 playlistswhile Spotify has over 80 million tracks, including 4.7 million podcasts. According to Amazon Music, the decision to dramatically increase access to songs was made after customers long pushed for access to a full catalog of music.
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You won’t be able to choose the song you want to listen to
As before, all music will be ad-free, the only problem being that you won’t be able to choose which songs you want to listen to. Indeed, instead, you will be able to choose from selected playlistsdiscover a mix music from your favorite artists or albumsand randomly play any playlist found on the platform.
This limitation makes the service a great option for those who already have a Prime subscription, but not something comparable to Apple Music and Spotify. In addition, the music is only available in “standard” quality. To get rid of the restrictions, users can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for 9.99 euros/month and listen to songs in high fidelity and Spatial Audio, while having the ability to choose specific tracks to listen to. Note that a 30-day trial month is available for free.
We also recall that Amazon recently increased the price of its Prime subscription by 20 euros in France. The monthly rate has increased from 5.99 euros to 6.99 euros whileyou have to pay 69.90 euros per year instead of 49 euros previously. For its part, Apple has also just increased its subscription to Apple Music.