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Amazon Music Unlimited – 5 things you need to know about the Spotify and Apple Music rival

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Amazon Music Unlimited UK: All the latest news, release date rumours and pricing gossip around the newly launched Spotify and Apple Music rival.

Amazon has officially unveiled its Amazon Music Unlimited service in the US, offering on-demand streaming access to millions of songs.

There's more to the service than that, though. Here are five essential things you need to know about Music Unlimited and its impending arrival in the UK and Europe.

1) It has everything you'd expect

As well as a robust selection of on-demand tunes, Amazon Music Unlimited will offer "hand-curated" playlists, personalised radio stations, and artist commentaries – just like its biggest rivals.

An adequate number of apps will be available for the service as well, with iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Amazon Fire, and Sonos all set to be supported out of the box, alongside a dedicated web client.

2) Echo and Alexa are the real draws

All sound a bit same-y? Fear not, because Amazon Music Unlimited is trumpeting its real selling point as integration with Amazon Echo and its intelligent assistant, Alexa.

You'll be able to ask Alexa to play specific artists, get the latest songs from your favourite bands, hone in on specific moods, genres, and decades, and even find you tunes based on those pesky snippets of lyrics you overheard all-too-briefly – just say, "Alexa, play the song that goes '[insert your latest earworm here]".

While Amazon Echo supports similar commands on third-party apps, Amazon says the voice control is superior when using its own service – a claim we look forward to putting to the test.

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3) The pricing won't shock you...

Amazon Music Unlimited is being pitched at a familiar price point – $9.99 per month, or $14.99 a month/$150 a year for a "family plan" that gives access to up to six people.

Discounts are available to Prime members, however, who can get Music Unlimited for a lower rate of $7.99 a month, or $79.99 a year.

In other words, the same as what you're probably paying already.

4) ...but there's an even cheaper option

There's also an Amazon-only price plan on offer, which will get you Music Unlimited on a single Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Tap device for just $3.99 a month.

You can trial the service for free on your Amazon smart speaker as well, and upgrade to multiple device support later if you choose.

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5) Yes, it will be coming to the UK – and soon

Amazon has confirmed that it will be bringing Music Unlimited to the UK (plus Germany and Austria) later this year, telling us:

"Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the US today. We have also announced today that Amazon Music Unlimited will be available for customers in the UK, Germany and Austria this year – we will announce further details soon."

That's all we know for now, but stay tuned as we'll update this article as more information becomes available.

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Like the sound of Amazon Music Unlimited? Let us know in the comments below.

jimmy

October 12, 2016, 11:01 am

how does this differ to the Amazon music service included in the Prime membership? more song choice?

Andrew Edwards

October 12, 2016, 11:39 am

i hear the current Prime catalogue is only 2M songs whereas the new service is said to be upwards of 10 x bigger (https://www.wired.com/2016/10/...

Jane

October 12, 2016, 2:28 pm

From what I understand, it seems like Amazon Unlimited is allowing you to access ALL digital music whereas the Amazon Music (basic service that comes with prime) gives you free listening to stuff that isn't semi-fair game? My question is, will amazon music then become less awesome because amazon/artists want more money? That's the only thing I am worried about.

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