Amazon Music Unlimited is now available to UK customers. The on-demand music service takes direct aim at Spotify and Apple Music with a catalogue of 40 million songs, playlists and personalised stations.
The Amazon Music app has been redesigned, and the service has been optimised to work with Amazon Echo’s Alexa voice controls now the smart speaker is available in the UK. Key features of the new app include “Home,” which features music chosen by Amazon Music editors; “Recommended,” where customers can find personalised suggestions; and “Now Playing,” which shows the title, artist and lyrics.
“We’ve been thrilled with customer reaction to the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited in the U.S. last month and we’re excited to quickly bring the service to customers in the UK,” said Steve Boom, Vice President Amazon Music. “Starting today, Amazon Music Unlimited offers our UK customers playlists and stations curated by our music experts in the UK, featuring leading British and international artists – we think customers are going to love it.”
Unlimited Music streaming on its own costs £9.99 a month, in line with Spotify and Apple Music. This gives a yearly cost of £119.88. Prime on its own costs £79 a year, this comes with free next-day delivery, video, the limited Prime Music catalogue and other benefits.
If you want to add Unlimited Music streaming to your Prime membership, you pay an extra £79 a year taking the total for both to £158. Alternatively, if Prime members want to pay for Unlimited Music monthly, they get it at a reduced rate of £7.99 a month taking the total yearly price to £253.88.
If you have an Amazon Echo or Dot, you can get a subscription to Amazon Unlimited Music for £3.99 a month and you don’t need to be a Prime member to get this. An Echo costs £149.99 taking the total yearly cost in this deal to £197.87. The cheapest way to get Unlimited Music, therefore, is to buy an Echo Dot for £49.99 with a £3.99 a month Echo subscription taking the total yearly price to £97.87.