There are several ways to answer this question, due to the multiple music plans that Amazon offers.
Your primary options are Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Unlimited, and Ad-Supported listening on Alexa-enabled devices that support Amazon Music. Within the first two categories, there are several upgrades and family sharing options that sweeten the deal Amazon is already providing.
In addition, if you are already an Amazon Prime member, the basic Prime Music with 2 million songs is free with your membership, and the Unlimited plan is discounted. Which plan you choose to enroll in will often depend on your usage amount, library size you desire, quality of audio you will like or need, and price point. Because Amazon offers several different music plan options, it is a great place to start when thinking about your next listening subscription.
Ad-Supported Listening- FREE
This is going to be your most basic option for Amazon Music. Activate Amazon music completely free on one of your Alexa-enabled devices that support the Amazon Music app.
Supported devices include Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Fire Tablets. This option offers you access to thousands of playlist based on an artist, song, era, or genre you choose with no obligation or credit card required.
On the downside, Ad-supported listening does not give you the freedom to build your own playlists, or take you music offline, much like a radio. That being said it is a great free option for those just looking for a playlist in the background at their holiday party.
Amazon Prime Music- FREE For Prime Members
Now let’s talk about Amazon’s Prime Music. This option comes FREE with your Amazon Prime membership. So, at no extra cost to you, you can start listening now to about 2 million songs in their Prime selection. If you are not already an Amazon Prime member, the cost of joining is just $12.99 per month, or $119.00 per year, equaling out to $9.91 per month, and saving you about $3.08 per month and $37 per year.
Amazon Prime Music is a great option for those seeking free music now (if you’re already a Prime member). They have more than 1,000 preloaded playlists for you to enjoy in every setting and over 2 million songs for you to listen to online and available to download for offline listening.
Prime members also receive a multitude of other benefits, including free- shipping, same-day deliveries, Prime Pantry and Whole Foods for grocery shopping, and other benefits.
For a full list of Prime benefits, refer to their website at www.Amazon.com and learn how you can sign up for your Prime membership today. It’s fast and easy, and considering all the benefits, it has a great price tag.
Amazon Music Unlimited- Starting at $3.99 with up to Three Months FREE for Select Plans
One of Amazon’s other options is to subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Music Unlimited plans give you access to “tens of millions” of songs to listen to ad-free. Unlimited also gives you access to control how you listen and provides you with extensive Alexa voice commands. There are four different plans you can subscribe to, to get Amazon Music Unlimited is a variety of capacities.
Student Plan- $0.99 Per Month!
This plan is for students only. Students must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university to qualify for this plan. The Student plan gives active students amazingly cheap access to all the benefits of Amazon Music Unlimited. You can also cancel this plan anytime.
Single Device or Echo Plan- $3.99 Per Month with 30 Day FREE Trial
This is Amazon Music Unlimited’s cheapest plan for non-students. Built for you to use on a single eligible Echo or Fire TV device. This is a great option for those living alone, with one primary device. Whether you choose that to be your phone for listening power on the go, or your television at home for maximum sound, this option may be right for you. Amazon is currently offering a 30 FREE trail for new subscribers, the price afterwards is incredibly affordable at just $3.99 per month. They also advertise that you can upgrade this plan at any time if it is not meeting your needs. This makes it a great place to start if you are not sure how much listening you’ll be doing, or where the majority of your listening will be.
Individual Plan- Starting at $7.99 Per Month (for Prime Members) Offering a Three-Month-FREE Trial for a Limited Time Only to New Subscribers.
The Individual Plan is Amazon Music’s most common plan, providing its subscribers with all the benefits of Amazon Music Unlimited.
These benefits include extensive Alex voice commands, “Play the song that goes…” and the ability to use across all of your favorite devices. Devices that support Amazon Music Unlimited are: Windows and Mac desktops, select Echo devices (2nd generation and later), Fire TV devices, Fire tablets, mobile Android and iOS supported phones, and 3rd party players such as Sonos and McIntosh. This plan starts at $7.99 per month for people who are already enrolled as an Amazon Prime member.
To all non-members, this plan starts at $9.99 per month. For all new subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited are being offered a three-month-FREE trail for a limited time only.
Family Plan- Starting at $14.99 Per Month with a 30-day FREE trial
This plan is Amazon’s way of spreading the love throughout the family. With this option you can be using Amazon Music Unlimited across 6 different devices at the same time.
This plan starts at $14.99 per month or $149.00 per year is available to current Amazon Prime members only. At $149.00 per year, this option puts you at $12.42 per month, saving you $2.57 per month and $31 per year when subscribing to Amazon Music Unlimited as a Prime member.
Amazon Music HD- Starting at $12.99 Per Month for Prime Members with 30-Day FREE Trail for New Subscribers
Your last and most premium option is to choose Amazon’s Music HD, giving you access to over 50 million songs of Amazon Music’s HD audio content. Amazon Music HD claims to provide its listeners with more than two times the bitrate of other standard streaming services and millions of songs in Ultra HD with up to ten times the bitrate.
This plan starts at just $5.00 when you add it to your Amazon Music Unlimited plan totaling $12.99 for Prime members and $14.99 for non-members. Amazon Music HD also offers a 30-day FREE trial to new subscribers so you can check out the content and quality with no obligation, just remember to cancel or change your plan if it’s not what you’re looking for.
Overall, I’d say all of Amazon Music’s options are worth taking a look at, even if you aren’t a prime member you are looking at spending less, especially on HD content than other music subscription options. I would, however, recommend Amazon Prime to any and all because of it’s many benefits outside of great pricing on music.
Amazon Prime gives you access to Prime Video, streaming tons of your favorite content, free shipping options, and Audible and Kindle subscriptions. It’s a great way to find tons of different content, all in one place.
You definitely get your money’s worth. I also recommend joining as an Amazon Prime member if you are interested in the Unlimited Family Plan. Being able to pay yearly is like getting an extra 2 months for FREE. And now with their individual plan offering a 3-month-FREE trial to all new subscribers, it is truly an amazing deal.
If you are not interested in the Unlimited, Family, or Prime Plans, Amazon Music’s Ad-supported listening feature is a great option, comparable to Spotify’s free version, and I would say better than Pandora’s Ad-supported version. This option is quite limited, though, confining your listening options to premade playlists. I would only go for this option if you are seeking an additional music service to the one you already subscribe to.
Always remember Amazon Music offers you the option to cancel, pause, change, or upgrade your plan at any time. This allows listeners the ability to jump between subscriptions as their needs increase or decrease, saving them money in the long run rather than being locked into a contract for various amounts of time.
Also, a good thing to remember, Amazon Music offers various lengths of free trails with select plans to any new subscribers. DO take advantage of this! But also, put the date your free trial ends into your calendar so you can remember to cancel your subscription if you are unsatisfied, at no cost to you.
If you don’t, monthly payments for the service or plan you selected will be automatically withdrawn using the payment you provided for your initial registration. You can manage all your Amazon subscriptions in one place from your Amazon account on Amazon.com or on the app.