Amazon Prime now has an ad-free alternative to Spotify Freeon November 2, 2022 at 14:57 Tech Advisor


Amazon Music has always been part of a Prime subscription, but with a restricted catalogue of two million songs. That sounds like a lot, but it’s a mere fraction of the 100 million-strong full one that you get if you pay separately for Amazon Music Unlimited.

Now, though, Prime members in the US, UK and other parts of the globe can stream all 100 million songs and a whole range of podcasts at no extra charge.

But there’s a catch. The streaming service works just like the free version of Spotify. This means that songs can be played in shuffle play mode: you can’t ask Alexa or choose in the Amazon Music app precisely which song you want. You can instead pick a genre, artist or album to shuffle.

However, this library has a huge advantage over Spotify – it is completely ad-free. Therefore, Prime members can listen to music without any annoying interruptions.

With an Amazon Music subscription, you can stream all the latest chart toppers, including Taylor Swift’s brand-new album, Midnights. There are also many podcasts available including British Scandal and others from the Amazon-owned Wondery, plus other from CNN, NPR, The New York Times and ESPN. Again, these are all ad-free, which makes for a better experience than listening via Apple or Google podcasts.

The new library is a massive jump from the 2 million songs that Prime members could previously access. Amazon has also introduced a new Podcast Previews section, which allows you to listen to short clips of shows to discover new shows more quickly.  

If you’re not yet an Amazon Prime member, then now is the perfect time to subscribe, as Black Friday is coming up on 25 November and Amazon is likely to have some great deals available. New subscribers get a 30-day free trial, and after that accounts cost $14.99/£8.99 per month – or you can pay annually and save a bit.

Although Prime is more expensive than it used to be, don’t forget you get other benefits besides the music, free delivery and exclusive deals. There’s also Prime Video, which has shows such as The Boys and The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, which means it’s actually still very good value. Here are all the benefits of Amazon Prime.  

If shuffle play is unacceptable, you can of course upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited, which allows you to play songs in any order you want, with unlimited skips and and offline listening. You also get HD (16-bit/44.1 kHz) and UHD (24-bit/44.1 to 192 kHz) audio quality, along with spatial audio – which is great on the Echo Studio.  

If you don’t want to commit to a subscription, then a 30-day free trial of Unlimited is available. You can see how all the major players compare in our roundup of the best music streaming services.

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