Amazon has offered music to Prime subscribers for a while, but it’s always been more of an add-on. Now, Amazon is getting serious with a much bigger library, curated playlists, and radio stations. This new tier costs $9.99/month, or $7.99 if you already have Prime.
According to Amazon, its regular Prime music service only offered “more than two million songs” which is probably enough that you won’t notice the gaps if you’re only looking for really popular stuff. However, as anyone who’s ever tried to make eclectic playlists has found, it still leaves something to be desired. Services like Spotify, Play Music, and iTunes all have subscriptions with far more songs. With Music Unlimited, Amazon’s cranking up the library to the tune of “tens of millions” of songs, so you’ll probably have better luck finding something to listen to.
The service also comes with more of the features you’d come to expect from a music subscription. You’ll be able to find curated playlists and custom radio stations if you want to let someone else find you something to listen to. All of this will be available in the revamped Amazon Music app that’s rolling out for iOS, Android, and on the desktop. If you have an Amazon Echo, there will also be a few new voice commands you can use.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can get in on Music Unlimited for the now-standard $9.99/month. Prime users get a discount at $7.99/month, or you can pay $79 for the whole year. If you just want the extra music through Echo devices, you can pay $3.99/month. If you already have a Prime subscription for other reasons, this might make getting a dedicated music subscription appealing over the more expensive options elsewhere. Assuming, of course, that you aren’t happy with the music that’s already included with Prime.