14 April 2021
Amazon has announced that it is expanding ad-supported but free Amazon Music streaming service to Android, iOS, and Fire TV users. It was originally released earlier this year but was limited to Echo and Alexa-powered devices. The decision will surely make the competition closer and tougher between Amazon and Spotify.
The free music streaming service will be accessible from the Amazon Music app itself. A user will only need to sign-in using an Amazon account with no need to become a Prime member or even providing one's credit/debit card details. Amazon says that the service will offer "ad-supported selection of top playlists and thousands of stations for free".
This is similar to what Spotify offers with its free tier. It means while you can listen to playlists and stations, you will not have access to on-demand music and offline playback. You will have to bear with audio-based advertisements in between playlists. It is worth noting that free Amazon Music is currently available only in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
If you will wish to go for a paid membership, you can do that using the app anytime you want. For those who prefer high-quality music streaming with no loss, Amazon Music HD is the music streaming service. It was announced last month and comes with a 90-days free trial. It is claimed to have a catalog of over 50 million high-quality audio tracks.