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Amazon Music Unlimited: what is it? And are there any deals?

Fred Isaac

Fred Isaac
Nov 16, 2016


Online shopping giant Amazon has upped the ante with its new streaming service Amazon Music Unlimited.

Costing £9.99 a month, it’s pricier than one of its biggest rivals in the UK, Spotify, which charges £4.99 a month.

Features wise, it’s very similar to big-name players like Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Apple Music and Deezer.

It lets you use your device to search its library of 40 million tunes and create playlists.

The new music service will not affect Amazon Prime Music, which gives Prime customers access to a far smaller library of about 2 million tracks.

Brit shoppers may be disappointed to learn that Amazon has decided to charge the same in pounds as it does in US dollars, meaning we are paying more than our neighbours across the pond.

But can you get it cheaper?

Yes, if you try some of the tips below.

 

Amazon Music Unlimited free trial

As with Prime, Amazon is hoping to get customers dancing to its beat by offering a free 30-day trial.

So first things first, give it a go and see if you like it enough to pay for it.

And, just with Prime, you’ll be charged automatically at the end unless you turn off auto-renewal (it’s seems Amazon are happy to forget the uproar this cunning trick caused last time).

You can do this in the Your Music Subscriptions page of your account.

 

Amazon Echo or Echo dot customers – get Amazon Music for £3.99 a month

If you’re a user of Echo, Amazon’s voice-activated speaker, or its little brother, the Echo Dot, you can bag Amazon Music for just £3.99 a month.

The Echo and Echo Dot are not cheap, costing £149.99 and £49.99 respectively.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have Prime, you can still get the deal. 

It’s worth noting, you can’t use the service on devices other than the Echo or Echo Dot, so it’s pretty limited.

Ask your Echo “Alexa, try Amazon Music Unlimited” to start the free trial. 

 

Everyone else? Here’s how to get it for £79 a year – or around £6.50 a month

Amazon Prime customers get a discount on the music service, including anyone on the free 30-day Prime trial or the student six-month trial.

If you previously had Prime, but have since cancelled, sorry, you’re not eligible.

Otherwise, here’s how you game the offer.

Sign up to Prime’s free trial and then, before the 30-day limit expires, sign up to Amazon Music Unlimited for £79 upfront.

Amazon have told MoneySavingExpert that you’ll still get to keep Amazon Music Unlimited for the full year even if you cancel the Prime trial before paying a dime.

If you’re already with Amazon Prime, you’ll get £2 a month your Amazon Music bill.

But if you cancel Prime, your Amazon Music bill will go up to the standard £9.99 a month.

Amazon should offer you the choice of either option if you sign into your account; both start with the free 30-day trial.

Have you got Amazon Unlimited Music?

Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.

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