5 Music Services from Amazon:  Which one should you choose?

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One of the many departments that Amazon has ventured in is Music.  The e-commerce giant offers a bunch of music services – Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon Music Digital Store, Auto Rip and Amazon Cloud Music Library.  Hmm, that’s a lot!  If you’re confused like I am at first, don’t worry, I’m going to introduce them to you one by one.

1. Prime Music

This is Amazon’s FREE music-streaming service offered exclusively to Prime members.  If you are subscribed to Prime, you will have instant and free access to over two million songs that you can stream without any advertisements and unlimited skips.  You can also download songs and playlists for offline playback.

2. Music Unlimited

If you want more music choices, Music Unlimted offers tens of millions of songs with new releases from today’s popular artists.  Just like the previous music streaming service, you can listen ad-free with unlimited skips and offline listening.  However, this comes with a price.

Echo Plan:  for $3.99/month you have access to Amazon Music Unlimited via Alexa on a single Echo, Dot or Tap.  Just ask Alexa to sign you up, “Alexa try Amazon Music Unlimited.”

Individual Plan: access to Amazon Music Unlimited on all of your devices (web browsers, smartphones, tablets, etc.) $7.99/ month or $79/year for Prime Members and $9.99/month for Non-Prime users

Family Plan: for $14.99/month or $149/year you get all the benefits of an individual plan for up to 6 family members on all devices

3. Amazon Digital Music Store

If you want to do it the old fashioned way, you can opt to buy mp3’s from Amazon’s Digital Music Store.  Choose from over thirty million tracks with a bitrate of 256 kbps.  Expect to pay around $0.99 for single tracks and up to $6.99 for the latest albums.

4. Auto Rip

This service is offered when you purchase a physical cd or vinyl from Amazon.  Eligible music will come with an advertised “Auto Rip” feature that gives you a digital mp3 copy with the physical disc that you bought from the site.  This is for audiophiles who want both physical and digital copies of their favorite songs.

5. Amazon Cloud Music Library

If you are looking for a way to stream your music collection to your other connected devices, you can use the Amazon Cloud Music Library where you can upload up to 250 songs and stream them anywhere.

To upload your music:

  • Go to My Musicfrom a web browser on the computer.
  • Click Upload your music to your cloud libraryand you will be prompted to launch or install the Amazon Music app for PC and Mac.
  • Select My Music from the menu to start uploading.  Just drag and drop the files from your computer into the Upload

So there you have it… all the different music services offered by Amazon.