Amazon has raised the price of unlimited music streaming services for some of its customers.
The Amazon Music Unlimited single-device plan (which lets a designated Echo or Fire TV stream music) is up one dollar, from $3.99 to $4.99. For Prime members, it was $7.99 and is now $8.99 per month, or $79 to $89 per year.
This updated pricing officially started on May 5. Customers will see the changes on their first invoice after this date.
Jake Hill, CEO of DebtHammer Debt Consolidation, said Amazon Prime increased its subscription cost not too long ago, so it was a matter of time before Amazon Music got more expensive.
“While I understand that price increases are necessary from time to time, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for users, especially when those price increases come from a company like Amazon, whose profits are already in full swing. boom,” Hill said. “It certainly won’t be the last time they increase their membership either.”
For non-prime members, everything remains unchanged
For non-Prime customers, this price increase remains unchanged at the price of $9.99 per month, which means Prime members will still get a small discount. The Unlimited Family Plan (only available to Prime members) will remain at $14.99 per month or $149 per year. The unlimited family plan allows its customers to stream music simultaneously on up to six devices.
The e-commerce giant is raising prices. “To help us bring you even more content and features,” Amazon said in a customer review on its site.
What people think of the price increase
Carter Seuthe, CEO of Credit Summit Consolidation, believes that this price increase is in line with other price increases in the streaming universe and will not drastically upset the market.
“Amazon Music is far behind Spotify in most demographics. Many Amazon Prime subscribers don’t even know they have access to Amazon Music as part of their Prime membership,” Seuthe said.
Amazon competes with Spotify and Apple Music
In the music streaming space, Amazon Music Unlimited competes with Spotify and Apple Music, where these two streaming services charge $9.99 per month for an individual plan.
For the first time in nearly four years, Amazon has raised the price of its Prime subscriptions in the United States. Annual dues jumped 17%, bringing the cost to $139. On top of that, the pay per month option has been increased from $12.99 to $14.99 per month. Prime offers free shipping on millions of products and additional perks like unlimited access to their video component, with hundreds of original shows and movies.
For the month, Amazon Music Unlimited is giving customers access to 90 million songs and podcasts, ad-free, in audio formats including HD, Ultra HD, and Spatial Audio.
Music fans should know that Amazon Music Prime is included in Prime membership at no additional cost. It offers a catalog of around 2 million songs. Additionally, for students currently enrolled in a degree-granting college or university, Amazon Music Unlimited is available for $4.99 per month.
There is still good news for some
With this increase in the price of the Unlimited Music subscription, there is good news for those who are on a trial period or who are part of a promotional offer.
On the Amazon website, those who are signed up for a trial period or part of a promotional offer will continue to receive the discounted rate for the remainder of their promotional period. After this period ends, Amazon will honor the original subscription price and applicable taxes for one billing cycle. The new price plus applicable taxes will affect the invoice thereafter.
To find out what music plan you’re on, you can visit your Amazon Music settings.
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