Amazon Music Unlimited 30 day free trial then £3.99 a month via Echo, £7.99 a month for Prime Users or £79/year ( = £6.58/month)
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Amazon Music Unlimited 30 day free trial then £3.99 a month via Echo, £7.99 a month for Prime Users or £79/year ( = £6.58/month)

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Found 14th Nov 2016
Upgrade on Prime Music (40 million songs v 2 million).

30 days trial then:

£3.99 a month for Echo users (via Alexa) (note - plan tied to a single Echo or Dot)
£7.99 a month/£79 a year for Prime Users
£9.99 a month for non Prime users
£14.99 a month/£149 a year for Family Plan (up to 6 family members) (Coming soon)

38 Comments

Seems pretty nasty that it used to be offered free with Prime but now they are charging for it - ok it has a lot more music but I guess that will be the end of new stuff on the free version. Prime is starting to be less and less worth having!

Says 2 million songs included with prime. No doubt that in the future the free prime songs will not increase as fast or include newer releases.
Maybe they'll offer a Black Friday deal on this (fingers crossed)

thanks op good deal for me as i already have alexa, i can now bin my deezer subscription to pay for this.Jules67 sort of agree a little but all the music apps have limited songs free and most have withdrawn the ability to cast unless premium. think 3.99 for me isn't bad

I bought more than one echo device so I could use Alexa throughout the house, so tying the unlimited music service to a single echo or dot seems a bit rubbish.

It was not 'free' with Prime as you are paying for it with part of your Prime subscription and this (as well as other 'free' services) was the reason for increases in the Prime subscription in the past.

So agree pretty this is pretty bad service to Amazons most loyal customers.

Prime subscriptions have to rise above £150 for Amazon to not make a loss so expect it to slowly climb upwards.

And just get the crack for Spotify so you have it all for free without any adverts.

any way to see what's available before signing up??

I had a look at Prime but it was missing quite a lot of artists / albums that I listen to regularly.

crazyany point to having a prime sub? seems exppensivejust for delivery

mastablasta

Prime subscriptions have to rise above £150 for Amazon to not make a loss … Prime subscriptions have to rise above £150 for Amazon to not make a loss so expect it to slowly climb upwards.


Where have you plucked that figure from?

paul_merton

Where have you plucked that figure from?



I would also like a source for this, I have previously read Amazon make a loss for medium and heavy Amazon prime users but that figure seems extreme

redmouse2

crazyany point to having a prime sub? seems exppensivejust for delivery



Really? Next Day delivery is £4.99, so you only need to order 15 things from Amazon per year for it to pay for itself. Along with the TV, movies, kindle library... etc.

Original Poster

johnthehuman

any way to see what's available before signing up??I had a look at Prime … any way to see what's available before signing up??I had a look at Prime but it was missing quite a lot of artists / albums that I listen to regularly.



40m songs is comparable to Spotify and Apple Music so you would expect it to have most artists (aside from a few exclusives). They do offer a free trial if you want to check for a specific artist.

mastablasta

Prime subscriptions have to rise above £150 for Amazon to not make a loss … Prime subscriptions have to rise above £150 for Amazon to not make a loss so expect it to slowly climb upwards. And just get the crack for Spotify so you have it all for free without any adverts.




You really do need to provide some sort of evidence for statements like this or you run the risk of being labelled a troll. Not saying there isn't evidence but if there is please provide it...

Edit: If the 'assumptions' in this article are anywhere near the truth, Prime actually keeps Amazon afloat!

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Edited by: "bellboys" 14th Nov 2016

johnthehuman

Really? Next Day delivery is £4.99, so you only need to order 15 things … Really? Next Day delivery is £4.99, so you only need to order 15 things from Amazon per year for it to pay for itself. Along with the TV, movies, kindle library... etc.



Even better, if you aren't in a rush for the stuff, and you time it right and split your orders (don't forget you don't need to order 20 quids worth to get free delivery on Prime), you can get your outlay for a year's prime back in Amazon digital credit in no time. Critics just don't see the bigger picture when it comes to Prime...

Trump said that he'll give Amazon a good trouncing. I hope he does.
Of course, he might have just meant that he'll cancel his Prime subscription.
Edited by: "quidstretchy" 14th Nov 2016

johnthehuman

Really? Next Day delivery is £4.99, so you only need to order 15 things … Really? Next Day delivery is £4.99, so you only need to order 15 things from Amazon per year for it to pay for itself. Along with the TV, movies, kindle library... etc.



Rarely did I get a useful next day delivery. It usually arrived in the evening.

I binned mine and have been waiting until I've got £20's worth to order. It usually arrives within 2 days during the day. Maybe 12 hours after the prime one would have.

If you're a Prime member and want to save money on a Spotify/Deezer/Apple Music type subscription then it's an alright deal.

The single Echo sub seems a bit pointless, though.

I wonder if we'll see any Echo + 1 year's music bundles for Black Friday..?

When I was a prime member I was ordering the same item at the same time as a colleague. He took free non-prime super-saver delivery.

His arrived first, this happened twice. And to make it worse I'd arranged to be home to take delivery. When it did arrive I was at work. So now I just do free deliveries. No rush anyway.
Edited by: "androoski" 14th Nov 2016

Its £6.58 a month OP this is a viable alternative to other streaming service with 40M tracks

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/14/amazon-launches-spotify-rival-in-the-uk
'The monthly cost drops by £2, to £7.99, and an annual payment plan is available for £79 a year, taking the equivalent monthly fee to £6.58.'
Edited by: "deany76" 14th Nov 2016

johnthehuman

any way to see what's available before signing up??I had a look at Prime … any way to see what's available before signing up??I had a look at Prime but it was missing quite a lot of artists / albums that I listen to regularly.



40M tracks means equal to other services at £6.58 a compelling alternative, surprised this is cold, should be very hot.

^ I'll give the free trial a go, but yes if it can finally compete with Spotify and Deezer for content the £6.58 is a very good deal indeed

johnthehuman

^ I'll give the free trial a go, but yes if it can finally compete with … ^ I'll give the free trial a go, but yes if it can finally compete with Spotify and Deezer for content the £6.58 is a very good deal indeed



Hi
I would confirm first, just reading a bit more into it The Guardian may have got the £6.58 wrong - great shame if they have as thats a VERY good price point.
ps
I do think the £3.99 should be all Echos / dots in the house like sonos

Edited by: "deany76" 14th Nov 2016

Nope, they're right on the money, there's an option for £79 up front per year, instead of £7.99 monthly.

Just cancelled Deezer, 6 month free trial just ran out and was about to pay £9.99 per month.
Edited by: "johnthehuman" 14th Nov 2016

EDIT
The Guardian are correct.
If you pay up front £79 (not monthly) it works out at £79 / 12 = £6.58 fantastic deal very HOT 40M tracks and X-Ray lyrics

Edited by: "deany76" 14th Nov 2016

Original Poster

deany76

Its £6.58 a month OP this is a viable alternative to other streaming … Its £6.58 a month OP this is a viable alternative to other streaming service with 40M trackshttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/14/amazon-launches-spotify-rival-in-the-uk'The monthly cost drops by £2, to £7.99, and an annual payment plan is available for £79 a year, taking the equivalent monthly fee to £6.58.'



The £6.58 figure was implicit in my description of the deal but I've now made it explicit in the title.

Anyone have any ideas about the audio quality? Tested a couple of albums on my phone and it seems a little bit "muddy", set to "Best" quality, and it downloaded the albums to my phone suspiciously quickly over our shoddy work wifi

johnthehuman

Anyone have any ideas about the audio quality? Tested a couple of albums … Anyone have any ideas about the audio quality? Tested a couple of albums on my phone and it seems a little bit "muddy", set to "Best" quality, and it downloaded the albums to my phone suspiciously quickly over our shoddy work wifi



Hi
It is 256 kbps VBR
I have Google Play Music 320 kbps mp3 and Amazon Prime music (basic) on SONOS and my ears cant tell the difference between the two services.

Edited by: "deany76" 14th Nov 2016

Ah fair enough, explains the quick download.
It's usable on my phone, and nothing to grumble about, just noticed the slight loss of fidelity with earbuds.

I wonder if they'll do the same with the video service? I'll wait for the inevitable dual subscription if so.

£3.99 for 38 million more songs than prime... Why is this not hot?

PAULTRD

£3.99 for 38 million more songs than prime... Why is this not hot?



To confirm the £3.99 is listening via one Amazon Echo.
But I agree £6.58 a month for prepay £79 is amazing value for 40M tracks
Edited by: "deany76" 18th Nov 2016

deany76

To confirm the £3.99 is for one Echo.But I agree £6.58 a month for prepay … To confirm the £3.99 is for one Echo.But I agree £6.58 a month for prepay £79 is amazing value for 40M tracks


I've only got one echo. :-)

PAULTRD

I've only got one echo. :-)



How are you finding the Echo? is it living up to expectations?

deany76

How are you finding the Echo? is it living up to expectations?


Well it's early days and I was hoping for a music service like this to come along. Spotify is useless and it struggles to understand when the TV is on for example. Overall well worth £50 (I managed to get it for £38 as I bought £30 amazon vouchers and got a £7 credit which I combined with £5 off first app purchase). Love the add to calendar as sends me reminders. I am waiting on the prices to drop on the smart devices and a little more development for a few new products, but I plan on using it for a smart home hub.

PAULTRD

Well it's early days and I was hoping for a music service like this to … Well it's early days and I was hoping for a music service like this to come along. Spotify is useless and it struggles to understand when the TV is on for example. Overall well worth £50 (I managed to get it for £38 as I bought £30 amazon vouchers and got a £7 credit which I combined with £5 off first app purchase). Love the add to calendar as sends me reminders. I am waiting on the prices to drop on the smart devices and a little more development for a few new products, but I plan on using it for a smart home hub.


Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your helpful post.

For Echo users who are happy, the £3.99 sounds like a 'no brainer'.
Edited by: "deany76" 18th Nov 2016

This should be included in the Prime subscription, If you pay for an all in one service with music then it should be an all in one service not a diluted music service and then pay extra for the better music - Shame on you Amazon!.

Original Poster

fjz222

This should be included in the Prime subscription, If you pay for an all … This should be included in the Prime subscription, If you pay for an all in one service with music then it should be an all in one service not a diluted music service and then pay extra for the better music - Shame on you Amazon!.



If it was included then Prime would cost twice as much. To get this kind of streaming service from say Spotify costs more than Amazon charge for Prime.

This should be stonkingly hot. £3.99 a month to get access via Echo to reportedly more songs than Spotify (@£9.99 per month). Bit of a no brainier...and the Echo works brilliantly with Music Unlimited

If you're worried about only having music in the room the Echo is in - link the Echo to a multi-room speaker system like Sonos or Heos.....Amazon are working with Sonos and Denon (HEOS) and presumably other companies to ensure Echo works with their systems for Spring 2017

Edited by: "gari189" 3rd Dec 2016
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