If you’re a Amazon Prime subscriber — and there’s no reason not to be one considering the many perks you’re getting on top of faster shipping — then you have one more reason to gloat. Amazon on Wednesday launched its Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service that’s even cheaper than competing products from Apple or Spotify. If you’ve got an Echo, then it’s even cheaper.
Amazon’s Music Unlimited will cost you $7.99 per month, as long as you have Prime. That’s $2 cheaper than Apple Music and Spotify, each priced at $9.99 per month. If that still seems expensive, you can choose to pay a flat $79 per year, which further reduces the cost down to $6.58.
Amazon Echo owners will pay $3.99 a month for unlimited streaming, but the plan is only available for the service. If you’re not a Prime subscriber, you’ll have to pay $9.99 per month for access, which is what Apple and Spotify charge.
To use the new streaming service, you’ll need a redesigned Amazon Music app on your devices or the Echo.
Prime customers could say that they already have access to free music under their plans, and that’s true. But Amazon Music Unlimited will include an even bigger music library. According to Amazon, the new streaming service will offer “tens of millions” of songs, a significant increase from the 2 million that regular Prime users get. However, Amazon did not specify how many “tens” we’re talking about. Apple and Spotify’s libraries contain more than 30 million songs each.
In the future, Amazon will release a family plan for Amazon Music Unlimited priced at $14.99 per month that supports up to six accounts.