We’ve had a few questions from readers over the last few months about Amazon Music and we’re glad to announce that the Amazon Music Unlimited service has now officially rolled out in Ireland!
According to the press release we received, the service has over 40 million songs which sounds impressive. We wanted to give this number context and compare it to Spotify, however we could find no recent numbers on the amount of songs Spotify has (the most recent figure being 30 million from 2015). So it is probably safe to say that the two services are evenly matched here. Also just like Spotify the service is promising a “vast” selection of hand-curated playlists and personalised stations, to help you get more out of the service.
For Echo users the examples of commands you can give Amazon include being able to “search for music by artist, album, track or genre, and control volume and playback by saying “Alexa, turn it up”, or “Alexa, skip this song” If you aren’t sure who an artist is, you can say “Alexa, which song is this?”.
However where the service really gets interesting is in pricing. First up there is a free 30 day trial, so you can have a look for yourself. Once the free trial runs out you’ll be able to sign up to an exclusive Echo price plan for only €3.99 per month, which will run on just one Echo device. If you primarily play music just on an Echo then this could save you about €70 a year over the €10 p/m Spotify Premium, which is impressive. Amazon are also offering a family pack for €14.99 a month, which will cover 6 users as well as an individual plan for €9.99 per month.
The service also offers apps for most popular devices you’d want to listen to music on, like Android, iOS and computers and offers downloads. If you’re interested in giving the free trial a look then click here, note that the page there has the prices in £, but when you click on the “start my free trial” button, there is a flag in the top right hand corner of the page that you can click on and change your country to Ireland in order to get the € price.