These days, it seems like every time you get online there is a new way to listen to music. The listening method du jour is streaming, giving users instant access to millions of songs at once, a luxury that would have blown the minds of people who grew up only listening to music fed to them on the radio.
Spotify, Tidal and iTunes have dominated the conversation in recent years, but Amazon Music has just as much if not more to offer music lovers.
Here are some of the benefits:
Do you already have an Amazon Prime account? If you shop online, you should. The free shipping alone is worth it, but Prime members were pleasantly surprised when free streaming music was added for Prime members in 2014. This is similar to the company adding streaming television and movies prior to that. Prime has gone from a free shipping service to an all-inclusive entertainment package at an affordable annual price. One of the biggest advantages of the Prime music service is the huge number of pre-programmed playlists that you can choose from depending on your mood or listening preferences at that time, making it a great resource for musicians, teachers, and even industry pros who are looking for the next hot artist or some fresh inspiration for their own compositions. If you have Amazon Prime already, there is a good chance that you didn’t even know you had access to Amazon Music. Now you know, so take advantage of it.
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The beauty of music is that everyone loves it. This can become costly though when subscribing to services as a family. You probably don’t want to shell out a different monthly subscription price for each family member who streams music online like some other streaming services require. Amazon understands this and has accommodated for it by giving up to six people access to one account for an extremely low monthly price of just $7.99. If you already have subscriptions for all of your family with another streaming service, this could mean a lot more room in your budget each month. It seems that Amazon has seen the success that cell phone service providers have found with this business model and are acting accordingly. Also, each individual account can listen to different music simultaneously on their different devices.
Classical music lover? Jazz? Country? Ragtime? Regardless of what your favorite kind of music is, the Amazon Music Unlimited catalog has it in spades. This includes brand-new music being released by today’s most popular artists which are usually available without advertisements and whenever the listener wants to hear them. This includes the variety of different playlists and radio stations that have been curated by the company’s experts. There is no difference between the amount of music offered by other streaming services and Amazon which is a great deal considering the service can be had for free when you already have Amazon Prime.
You may not always be at home with your computer when you are trying to check out a new tune or practice for your next gig. Amazon has you covered with this. You would be hard pressed to find a device that connects to the internet that isn’t compatible with Amazon Music. Waiting in the green room before a gig and need to learn the chord changes to tune? Plug your headphones into your phone and dial it up. Don’t worry, you can listen as many times as you want too, Reading on your Kindle or Fire and want to switch over and listen to a song that is mentioned in an article? Just switch over to your Amazon Music app and go for it. This includes both Android and iOS devices.
You Can Still Listen in Airplane Mode
MAJOR perk. Those who work in the music industry understand just how much travel is required in order to be successful. The time spent flying from one place to another on an airplane is valuable because there is nothing to distract you from catching up on music you have to listen to or making some charts for your next gig. Even if you aren’t in the music industry, there’s nothing more frustrating than having your signal cut-off mid subway ride. Amazon Music eliminates this risk. On the app, you can download any song you need to listen to a specifically designed playlist so you can listen to it later when you may not have internet access.
Amazon Audible for the Bookworm
Another option when it comes to auditory entertainment is, Amazon Audible a service that lets people stream books straight from their device. It’s no accident that the popularity of audiobooks is enjoying a meteoric rise as Amazon boosts Audible (Serial ring any bells?) Audible is in addition to Prime or Music Unlimited services. Nothing passes the time like a great book and members with Audible can get a free credit each month that they are on the service. This is an ideal service for those who already have an Amazon Kindle or an Amazon Fire device. One unique feature of Amazon Audible is its exchange program which allows a person to exchange any book that they aren’t enjoying for another one. The entire internet is now your library through Amazon Audible.
Try Before You Buy
Let’s be honest, there are a lot of music streaming services out there and they all seem to offer the same thing. You don’t want to end up paying for the wrong one, do you? Luckily, Amazon offers a one-month free trial for anyone looking into adding it to their mobile entertainment package. Amazon Audible goes one further, offering a three-month trial. During this period, users will have access to all of the same features that regular subscribers do to help them determine whether or not they want to go all in and subscribe with either a solo or family plan.
The benefits are plentiful whether you’re a casual music fan or a professional. The service makes it easy to access just about every song in recorded history on just about any device you can think of. You would have to actively try to not be able to get music when you subscribe to this. Unlike other services, the new music being released will be on the application the day it comes out whereas it could take a week or two with competing services. Put simply, Amazon Music is a no brainer for anyone with a flare for sound.