Samuel Christiansen     Amazon   |   Startups     🕐 17. Jan. 2018
Amazon has unlike Spotify invested and created a number of products in order for them to tap into the surrounding market of the music streaming industry. With products such as: Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, or Amazon Tap – but which music streaming services actually offers the best deal?
Amazon Music Unlimited is a premium music subscription service featuring tens of millions of songs and you can find “expert-programmed playlists” if you would prefer that. With Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to any song, anytime, anywhere, on all your devices – smartphone, tablet, and on amazons own products with Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo.
Amazon has previously offered music streaming through their Prime Music option, but with an estimated 16 million active users on their Amazon Music Unlimited they have certainly improved themselves. They now hold the third biggest market share after Spotify and Apple Music.
Spotify have been in the music streaming industry since 2008 and has got more than 140 million users whereof 70 million pay for the service. The service clearly has a huge following, and is most likely the first service you think of when you think of music streaming.
Amazon offers a 30 day free trial. A Music Unlimited membership will cost you £9.99 a month, however if you have a Prime account then you'll only pay £7.99 a month or you can pay £79 for a whole year. You and your family can stream music on up to 6 devices at the same time.
Amazon created a special subscription plan for Echo owners at a price of £3.99 a month, but you can only stream music through the Echo speaker or Echo Dot. Note that you can only use a £3.99 a month Echo membership on a single Echo device and it can't be transferred. If you have multiple Echo devices in your home and want to use Amazon Music Unlimited with all of them, you'll need a regular individual membership.
Amazon Music Unlimited has a catalogue of tens of millions of songs, so now you can ask Alexa to play just about any song or artist. Think of Echo plus Amazon Music Unlimited as the ultimate personalized jukebox, with Alexa as the DJ. To start your free trial, just ask: "Alexa, try Amazon Music Unlimited".
Spotify on the other hand has a much simpler pricing structure. They offer a free ad-supported solution and a Premium solution at a price of £9.99 a month. Spotify also offers a family subscription plan which costs £14.99 a month, which can be used by up to five family members. Each member gets their own personal account.
And in trues Scandinavian style, Spotify has created an option for students to get discount on their membership, so they only have to pay £4.99.
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