As a long time Spotify user, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about switching to Amazon Music Unlimited. The main reason for doing so really was that it’s £2 cheaper than Spotify for Prime Members, while also still working with my devices such as my Sonos speakers, iPhone, Amazon Echo and just about every other device which Spotify works through. There is also the ability to set up a family account for £14.99, which works out around the same price as the Spotify equivalent, giving a music plan for up to six family members.
Another sweetener with Music Unlimited is the ability to sign up for just £3.99 per month if you are only going to be using the service through your Amazon Echo. This special Echo plan gives you the same access to 40 million songs, with the catch being they can only be played through your Amazon Echo device, which is a great money saver if this is the only way you plan to use the service.
Personally, I prefer the option to play my music wherever I roam, be that in any room I choose or on the go, like at the gym, for example.
Having a family, the main problem I find is only being able to play on one device at a time, therefore when I can afford it, the family plan is most likely one of my first upgrades, but for now I’m happy sticking to the standard Prime plan at £7.99 for Unlimited access to my music.
Having now been a member of Spotify for quite some time, and now Amazon Music Unlimited (thanks to the ability to sign up for the 30-day trial), I have to say there’s not much to choose between the two. The choice of music seems very similar, as I’ve not yet found a song on Spotify which I can’t find on Music Unlimited and vice versa. Just like on Spotify, you can download songs to take with you on the go, create and share playlists, add any song to those playlists and even browse playlists created by others.
There are also stations based on your favourite artists or any artist you like, allowing you to discover new music by those similar to your favourites. Stations can also be browsed by genre, depending on whether you are in a Pop, Rock or 80’s mood – or whatever other genres, from Soul and R&B to Lullabies. Music Unlimited also recommends music based on the Artists and Songs you’ve listened to in the past, which is another great way to find music you may otherwise have missed.
When it comes to new music, there always seems to be a great choice, with practically every artist you can imagine releasing their music day and date with the physical release. And if you’re not sure what is new then you can browse the latest releases or even just browse the top Songs, Albums and Playlists to discover what everyone else is listening to.
Comparing Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited has brought me to the conclusion that there’s barely anything between the two, so if you are deciding between them and are already a Prime Member, then the £2 saving may just swing it in Amazon’s favour, it has for me at least.
Still on the fence? Why not try Music Unlimited for free for 30 days and decide for yourself. Remember, If you are a Prime Member you can also access Prime Music, which gives you access to a curated streaming catalogue of two million songs.