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Amazon Top-up its Music Streaming Price For Prime Members

Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions now cost $9 per month

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Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions now cost $9 per month | image illustration (Smarttechvillas)

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  • Amazon’s music streaming service is increasing in price, according to a new FAQ from the company.
  • You’ll pay $4.99 (£4.99) per month rather than $3.99 (£3.99) per month for the single-device membership, which enables you to listen to the whole collection on a single Echo or Fire TV device.
  • If you are not an Amazon Prime member, Amazon Music Unlimited will remain $9.99 (£9.99).
  • For Amazon Prime users, the price change eliminates practically all of the discounts associated with paying for Amazon Music in addition to their standard monthly Amazon subscription.

According to a new Amazon Music FAQ from the firm, the price of Amazon’s music streaming service is going up. Customers will have to pay $8.99 (£8.99) a month or $89 (£89) annually for Amazon Prime Music Unlimited as of May 5th, up from the current monthly and annual rates of £7.99 (£7.99).

You’ll pay $4.99 (£4.99) a month instead of $3.99 (£3.99) for the single-device subscription, which allows you to listen to the whole catalogue on a single Echo or Fire TV device. If you’re not a member of Amazon Prime, the price of Amazon Music Unlimited remains at $9.99 (£9.99).

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Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions now cost $9 per month | image illustration (Smarttechvillas)

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For Amazon Prime customers, the pricing shift removes almost all of the savings they get when they pay for Amazon Music on top of their normal monthly subscription to Amazon. As a result, instead of receiving a $2 discount every month, they now get a $1 discount. Earlier this month, Amazon’s Prime membership costs were raised from $12.99 to $14.99 per month, the first time they have done so in four years, from $119 to $139 yearly.

Non-Prime Members Will Pay the Same Rates.

With a standard Prime membership, Amazon offers a restricted version of their music streaming service with only 2 million tracks (compared to 90 million with Unlimited). CD-quality or high-resolution music streaming isn’t supported unless you subscribe to Unlimited.

After Spotify and Apple Music, Amazon Music is often cited as the third-largest music streaming service worldwide. Meanwhile, Midia Research reported that Apple Music (which normally costs $9.99 a month) had roughly 78.6 million members as of Q2 last year, while Amazon Music (which includes both Prime Music and Music Unlimited) had just over 68.1 million.

One hundred eighty million people were paying for Spotify’s premium service by the end of 2013.

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