Amazon Music Streaming Now Free With Ads, No Prime Needed
As part of the Amazon Music free tier you now get access to over 2 million songs through ad-supported stations and playlists. If you have purchased music from Amazon, you can still access all your favorite music under the ‘My Music’ tab. For on-demand playback, you have to subscribe to Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited.
Amazon previously offered free, ad-supported streaming only to customers who owned an Amazon Echo device. Now it’s rolling out free streaming to anyone using the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, Fire TV and Amazon Music on the web in the U.S., U.K., and Germany.
The company has been steadily making its music streaming service more accessible by reducing prices. Earlier this year, for example, Amazon said it would no longer charge the $3.99 per month for streaming from Amazon Music Unlimited to Echo devices or require customers to pay for Amazon Prime in order to gain access to Prime Music’s smaller, 2+ million song catalog. Instead, it rolled out an ad-supported version of Amazon Music for free to Echo owners.
This is basically the same 2 million song catalog that comes with Prime Music, it just includes advertising and doesn’t require Prime membership.