Alexa Users Get Free, Ad-Supported Version of Amazon Music

Brenda Watkins
April 20, 2019

This includes around two million tracks. The company's announcement follows a report earlier this week that claimed Amazon was preparing to launch a free ad-supported music service to compete with Spotify's free tier and similar services.

Amazon's free, ad-supported streaming service offers the same catalogue as Prime Music.

'Since the launch of Amazon Music, customers have been able to use the simplicity and magic of voice to request music in fun, innovative ways, ' Amazon wrote in a blog post.

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"Beginning today, customers in the US who do not yet have a Prime membership or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited will now be able to listen to an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations for free with Amazon Music on compatible Alexa-enabled devices", Amazon revealed. You can't ask for specific albums or songs on either Amazon Music or YouTube Music's free offering. However, customers can not directly play a specific track or an album, but simply playlists and curated stations.

Amazon Music doesn't have quite the reach of Spotify or Apple Music, but it is now one of the only other major music services with an ad-supported free tier, joining the likes of Spotify. But if you're interested in trying out Amazon Music to decide if you want to subscribe, here's how to do that. Spotify has grown to more than 170m active users and has used its free app to entice consumers to pay for its paid-for Spotify Premium service.

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