Amazon Music Unlimited is Getting Its First-Ever Price Hike

Posted on April 6, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Amazon, Music + Videos with 7 Comments

Amazon Claims "Tens of Millions" of Streaming Music Subscribers

Amazon revealed today that is raising the prices of Amazon Music Unlimited, its Spotify and Apple Music competitor.

“To help us bring you even more content and features, we’re updating the prices of select Amazon Music Unlimited plans,” an Amazon support page explains.

As of May 5, 2022, the monthly price of the Amazon Music Single-Device Plan is rising from $3.99 to $4.99. And the Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Plan (which is discounted for Amazon Prime members) is rising from $7.99 to $8.99 per month. The annual Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Plan is also rising from $79 to $89 per year.

It appears that the pricing for the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan and Student Plan will not change. The service offers 90 million songs in HD, millions of songs in Ultra HD, and a growing catalog of music mastered in Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio.

Amazon launched Amazon Music Unlimited in October 2016, touting its “breakthrough” pricing and Alexa integration. Next month’s change represents the first time that Amazon is raising prices, as the service debuted at $7.99 per month/$79 per year for Amazon Prime subscribers.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Amazon Music Unlimited is Getting Its First-Ever Price Hike”

  1. Cardch

    They are pretty big rises....but hard to argue given it's the first rise since the service began. Still pretty good value compared to buying CD's. Maybe they could invest some of the increase in improving the app interface

  2. harmjr

    I have to say I love Amazon Music Unlimited. I do have the 7.99 plan. Even consider a family plan too.

    Now my complaints.

    1. No more listening on multiple devices at the same time even if its your purchased music. Yes I do still buy mp3s.
    2. Car mode sucks! I mean really they don't give two blanks about it.
    • cmucodemonkey

      There is no shame in buying MP3's! I still buy my music in MP3 format from Amazon and back it up to OneDrive. I don't buy music frequently enough to surpass the cost of a streaming service.

    • david.thunderbird

      Not to mention the sloppy browser application of Alexa, music-movies-videos crammed all together in one blob with no search.

  3. bschnatt

    I'm on Amazon Music right now to save money (and I've tried it before), but this will be the last time. They refuse to fix their PC app situation (you *still* can't redirect music to Echoes or control them), when you ask for "artist X", they just keep playing the same tired playlist, over and over, and when you ask for "artist Y radio", they often play screwy music that doesn't really fit. Regarding the latter, I recently asked for Elmer Bernstein, and they mostly played goofy TV show jingles (if I remember correctly).

    Spotify is the champ when it comes to Amazon device integration (which is ironic), and their curation is so much better, it's worth the extra money. Amazon doesn't seem to give a rat's ass about the problems - they're more fixated on sending billionaires to space

    • darkgrayknight

      Spotify really is pretty great. It is available on pretty much everything and has a very large collection of artists, music, etc. Amazon integration is great, as well as: Android Auto, Waze, Xbox, PC, etc. I can control any of those from the app on my phone -- or via the integration (and back and forth).

  4. wright_is

    I tried the Prime Music, but the UI was not straight forward and 4 from the first 5 tracks I tried to play weren't available - nothing exotic, all standard heavy metal from the 80s.

    Spotify wasn't much better. The UI was confusing and non-obvious.

    I'm currently using Apple Music and it is better than the other 2, but I can't say I'm really happy with it. But at least if I select an album to play, it plays the album and doesn't throw in random, unrelated songs after a couple of tracks...

    iTunes and the Music app on Windows Phone were much simpler to use.