Don’t know your Amazon Prime from your Amazon Prime Music? We’ve got you covered with our breakdown of all of Amazon’s own-brand services.
With Amazon Prime Day 2019 just around the corner, it’s important that you are in on the down low of all Amazon’s services. The sale event is exclusive to Prime members only, so whether you’re going to sneakily take up their free 30-day trial just in time, or you’re um-ing and ah-ing about going full time with it, allow us to explain exactly what’s up for grabs, including some of those services you might not have been aware of.
Amazon Prime Membership
The big boy of Amazon’s elite services is the original, Amazon Prime. For the shopaholics out there, by signing up to Amazon Prime you open yourself up to a number of benefits. Not least, the company’s free one-day delivery services, meaning you can order on Monday and expect your package on Tuesday. With a free 30-day trial, you can sample this treat and much more, including Prime Video.
- Prime Video is Amazon’s Netflix rival. It allows you to stream an unlimited amount of TV shows and movies, including Amazon originals you won’t find anywhere else. This streaming service, much like Netflix, allows you to download and watch offline with a nifty app for those commute binges.
- Amazon Channels also offers plenty to watch, which you can pay a non-contracted, low subscription for. You can quite literally keep up with the Kardashians on Hayu, or watch fan-picks on Comic Con HQ. For film enthusiasts, the BFI Player+ offers British film at its finest. No need to take up the full Prime membership, you can tailor your watching experience to you and pay individually for the channels you want.
Included in the £79 annual fee for a Prime membership, you can also listen to two million songs with Prime Music. This is a more restricted service than that of the full fat Amazon Prime Music Unlimited, which is the company’s main Spotify and Tidal rival. If you’re a pop fan, it’ll also grant you access to Amazon’s 2019 Prime Day concert, which’ll feature performances from big name acts including Taylor Swift.
Audible and Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited and Audible are Amazon’s hi-brow subscription services and a unique selling point for the company. However they differ in a couple of ways.
- Audible offers audiobooks, allowing you the ease of multi-tasking as you listen to the story being told to you.
- If you still enjoy the art of physically reading, Kindle Unlimited might be a better fit for you, allowing you to download a wide spectrum of titles.
Both are available to try out with a 30-day free trial and offer hundreds of thousands of amazing titles, including favourites like Harry Potter. Kindle Unlimited gives you complete access not only to books, but to magazines and audiobooks too, whilst Audible is exclusively audiobooks. The closest rival to Kindle Unlimited at the moment is Apple News Plus, but this doesn’t offer access to full fat books, instead you just get subscriptions magazines.
Audible works a little differently to Kindle Unlimited. There are multiple packages that charge varying amounts per month. The cheapest only gives you access to one free audio book per month, so avid listeners will need to consider which price package works best for them. Whichever you pick, you’ll also get access podcasts and a library of serial radio shows. One nice touch is that Amazon has a no questions asked swapping policy, that lets you exchange any audio book you’ve used your credit on, so you’ll never be stuck with a lemon on your morning and evening commute.
Kids Unlimited is a custom service for Amazon Fire devices that’s designed to help parents keep an eye on what they’re watching or playing. On TV it works in a similar way to Netflix Kids mode. In short, it lets you set limits on things like screen time and block access to content you don’t want the sprogs seeing.
It also features a curated marketplace for educational apps and books. It’s a coll feature that comes free with most relevant Amazon devices. If you buy one of Amazon’s kids editions of their Fire tablets, whether the 7, HD 8 or HD 10, you’ll have a years subscription of Kids Unlimited thrown in.
Amazon Fresh is the company’s answer to Ocado, Tesco Direct and pretty much every other online grocery service. The only big differentiation is that, unlike Ocado and its ilk, you don’t have to wait around and ensure you book your delivery slot in advance. Much like Prime members, join Amazon Fresh and you can get food items delivered to you the very next day — if not, you’ll get a refund.
What Does Amazon Music Unlimited Have?
Unlike the Prime Music supplement you get with your Prime membership, Amazon Music Unlimited does exactly what it says on the tin. Get unlimited access to the latest bops with up to 50 million songs at your fingertips. Much like Spotify, you can listen ad-free with this premium service and save music to listen to offline so you don’t breeze through all your mobile data.
Thinking of signing up to Amazon Music Unlimited? Now is the time to do it with their current offer of getting an Echo Dot for just 99p when you sign up for a Family Plan. Able to cancel anytime, get a whopping saving of £35 when you spend just £14.99 for your first paid month (after the free trial period) and 99p for the Echo Dot itself.
What Does Prime Student Have to Offer?
Amazon Prime Student membership is a discount service exclusively for people at school or higher education. You can try it on a six month that comes with all the trimmings of a full Prime membership. If you feel like keeping it, Amazon slashes 50% off the usual rate when you do start paying (after that six months free period, that is). Pay £35 a year and enjoy free delivery, access to Prime Video and all the rest. Prime Student is also here to help you out, giving you special discounts on the textbooks you’ll need for your studies.
With a whole host of services that can dramatically benefit your day-to-day life and simplify the art of online buying, it’s worth signing up and experiencing one of their many 30-day free trials. And be on the lookout this Prime Day. Not only can you benefit from amazing savings on great gadgets and appliances, Prime Day 2019 may also be pushing some of their services at discounted rates too.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals
If you are thinking about signing up to Amazon Prime just to get access to the company’s Prime Day deals, make sure to check out and bookmark our deals hubs. We’ll be updating each with all the latest and greatest deals during the sale.
- Amazon Prime Day Echo Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Laptop Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Smartphone Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Sonos and Soundbar Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Wearables Deals
- Amazon Prime Day TV Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Kindle and Fire Tablet Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Headphones Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Smart Home Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Dyson and Vacuum Cleaner Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Fire TV Stick Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch Deals
- Amazon Prime Day Xbox One Deals
- Amazon Prime Day PS4 Deals
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