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Amazon launches on-demand streaming music service today

Amazon has announced it is entering the online streaming music service world with its latest product, Amazon Music Unlimited.

The Amazon Music Unlimited service features a catalog of tens of millions of songs, thousands of hand-curated playlists, and personalized stations that can be accessed via its newly-redesigned Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, and desktop, which now features Alexa voice controls.

Subscription plans for Amazon Music Unlimited start at $7.99 per month for Prime members with an option to purchase a full year of service for $79. Non-Prime members have the option of subscribing for $9.99 per month. Amazon also offers an Echo-only plan for $3.99 per month for use on a single Echo device and a Family Plan that allows up to six family members to access the service for $14.99 per month, or $149 per year, although it will be coming later this year.

Speaking of Echo, Amazon has made it more convenient to play music through its new service as users will be able to ask for music from particular artists, the latest hits, and support for lyric searches. Additional features include searching for music played during a particular time period, music to fit or change your current mood, the always-surprising “Song of the Day,” or just ask Alex to play music and it will find something personalized for you.

Amazon Music will also feature behind-the-scenes commentary, called Side-by-Sides. Users will ask to play a Side-by-Side from an artist, which will have that artist playing music along with commentary. The feature is exclusive to Amazon Music and features commentary from a number of popular artists including The Chainsmokers, Jason Aldean, Lindsey Stirling, Norah Jones, OneRepublic and Kongos with more expected in the future.

While the online music streaming service world is already congested with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Music, Amazon Music has quite the impressive catalog of music that can easily compete with these services. It should be a no-brainer for Amazon Prime members to consider its new service considering it costs $7.99 per month, while other services cost a bit more. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, then you could easily shop around to see which service fits your needs the most.

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