Alexa Users Get Free, Ad-Supported Version of Amazon Music

Amazon launches free, ad-supported music service for Alexa devices

Just days after finally settling their streaming device feud, the companies are offering free versions of their music services for smart speakers. After starting folks off on the limited library available for free, Amazon could convince some of them to transition over to a paid service, such as Prime or Music Unlimited. It's specifically geared for customers who own Alexa-enabled devices but aren't Prime members or subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited.

The caveat here is that this new tier of Amazon Music is only available in the U.S. at launch, and the service is fairly minimal.

Amazon today announced that its Alexa customers now have access to a free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music. Amazon Music Unlimited is priced at $7.99/month for an individual plan and $14.99/month for a family plan, plus there are annual options for both tiers that come with a discount.

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So far, Spotify was the online music streaming service with a free, ad-supported tier. If you're looking to start a station, you can do so based on a song, artist, era, or genre, by saying "Alexa, play the [artist/song/etc.] station".

Google notes that you can't pick and choose which songs or albums you want to listen to - you can only listen to pre-populated playlists. The free service will initially only be available in the US.

The service, available starting today in the United States, will provide access to top Amazon Music playlists and thousands of stations.

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