We compare the features, cost, and catalog of the two streaming services to help you decide where to spend your subscription money.
Amazon actually has several levels under its music streaming umbrella. Amazon Free Music is similar to other free streaming services, with ad-supported playback and limited features. Amazon Music Prime comes with Prime subscriptions, with standard features such as ad-free, offline and on-demand listening, but a limited catalog. To finish Amazon Music Unlimitedwhich is Amazon’s full-featured music streaming service.
In the United States, for individuals, Spotify is available in two versions: Spotify Free and SpotifyPremium. Spotify Free is the audio company’s ad-supported music streaming model, while for a monthly subscription SpotifyPremium gives listeners all the features they need.
For this comparison, we’ll be looking at Amazon Music Unlimited, as it competes the most with Spotify Premium.
Both streaming services offer the same basic features such as ad-free listening, offline and on-demand playback, allowing you to listen to any song, anywhere, with unlimited skips.
While both streaming services offer lossy MP3 streaming at up to 320 kbps, Amazon Music HD recently brought the $12.99/month hi-fi streaming feature to regular Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions at no additional cost. . Amazon Music HD gives users access to music in Ultra HD, up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as exclusive albums remastered in Ultra HD.
Spotify has also announced its own HiFi streaming tier, but we’re still awaiting the feature’s launch and have no word yet on the maximum bitrate available or the potential price increase over premium subscriptions. With competition for streaming hi-fi music from streaming services such as Amazon Music and Apple Music, it’s likely Spotify will drop any initial plans to include a price increase for the feature. Crossed fingers!
Spotify reports that over 82 million tracks are available for streaming, while Amazon Music reports that 90 million tracks are available. All 90 million is available in high definition on Amazon Music, which is CD quality at 16-bit/44.1kHz. Over 7 million tracks on Amazon Music are available in Ultra HD. As for Spotify, we don’t know how big their next HiFi catalog will be.
For individual subscriptions in the US, Spotify Premium costs $9.99 per month. Amazon Music Unlimited also costs $9.99 per month, but is discounted to $8.99 per month for existing Prime members.
Both services offer various discounts for families, students, and bundles with other subscription services.
While the two services are comparable, the inclusion of Amazon Music HD at no additional cost gives them the edge in features and catalog. For existing Amazon Prime members, the discount is also a nice inclusion.
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