Amazon raises the price of its music streaming service, the company announced in a new frequently asked questions† As of May 5, Amazon Prime subscribers will be required to pay $8.99 (£8.99) per month or $89 (£89) per year to access Music Unlimited, which is $7.99 (£7.99) and $79 respectively. (£79). The price of the single-device subscription — which lets you listen to the entire library, but only from a single Echo or Fire TV device — also rises from $3.99 (£3.99) to $4.99 ( £4.99) per month. If you’re not a Prime member, Amazon Music Unlimited’s price will remain unchanged at $9.99 (£9.99).
Such as Engadget notes, the price change virtually eliminates the discount Amazon Prime subscribers get when they pay for Amazon Music on top of their regular Amazon monthly subscription. Instead of getting a $2 per month discount, they now get just $1 off compared to non-Prime subscribers. The news of the price hike comes weeks after Amazon increased its Prime subscription prices from $119 to $139 per year, or $12.99 to $14.99 per month for the first time in four years.
Amazon does have a linked version of its music streaming service with a regular Prime subscription, but it has a limited catalog of just 2 million songs (compared to 90 million with Unlimited† There’s also no support for lossless CD quality or hi-res music streams without paying for Unlimited.
Amazon Music is often regarded as the third largest music streaming service in the world, after Spotify and Apple Music. As of the second quarter of last year, research firm Midia reported that Apple Music (which typically costs $9.99 per month) had about 78.6 million subscribers, compared to Amazon Music (which includes both Prime Music and Music Unlimited) with slightly more. than 68.1 million. Spotify ($9.99 per month), meanwhile, had 180 million premium subscribers late last year.