Initially $ 12.99 when it launched, Amazon just lowered its Amazon Music HD monthly subscription price to only $ 9.99. Unlike the basic Prime Music tier, you don’t need to be a Prime member to get Amazon Music HD (but keep in mind that if you just sign up for Amazon Music HD, you won’t get the rest. from Amazon Prime benefits).
Does Amazon Music HD offer a free trial?
Amazon Music HD’s regular price is $ 9.99 per month, but at the moment the site offers a 30 day free trial (which essentially gives you a free month of streaming). Your free trial gives you access to over 75 million songs in HD quality and over seven million songs in Ultra HD (UHD) quality. Amazon Music HD now also offers a growing catalog of 3D songs on devices like the Amazon Echo Studio.
Listen to everything ad-free and unlimited skips. You can even download your favorite tracks to play them offline.
How to listen to Amazon Music HD?
Amazon Music HD is available to stream to your iPhone and iOS devices, Echo devices, Sonos speakers, Fire TV devices, Android phones, and most laptops and desktops.
Connect to Amazon Music HD on your phone or computer via the Amazon site or by downloading the Amazon Music app.
What devices do I need for Amazon Music HD?
Keep in mind that the audio quality you hear will be as good as the device you play your songs on. Amazon recommends its Echo Studio speaker for Amazon Music HD. TO only $ 199, the Echo Studio is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker that gives bigger names like Sonos a run for their money, and it’s the only way to get 3D audio from Amazon Music right now.
Amazon Music HD vs. Spotify
So, is Amazon Music HD better than Spotify? The short answer is yes. Amazon Music HD currently offers higher quality streaming music than Spotify, which means you will hear your favorite tracks in high definition lossless audio.
While Spotify tracks stream at 320 kbps, Amazon Music HD streams up to 850 kbps (for reference, most CDs play music at 1411 kbps). With that comparison in mind, Spotify’s 256 kps is similar to MP3 quality – decent enough for everyday listening but hardly the rich, finely detailed audio you want if you’re a true music fan.
Amazon Music HD vs. Apple Music
Amazon Music HD is also better than Apple Music … so far. Amazon Music HD offers High Definition (HD) and Ultra HD (UHD) streaming, both encoded by the lossless FLAC codec, which further preserves the original recording file. HD audio also streams at up to 850 kbps, which is more than what Apple Music offered with its 256 kbps.
However, Apple recently unveiled its new Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio levels, which is now a free upgrade for existing Apple Music subscribers. What it means: Apple has made its catalog of over 75 million songs available in lossless audio using the company’s own ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every bit of the original audio file. The Spatial Audio offering, meanwhile, competes with Amazon’s 3D music tracks.
Still, this is new technology for Apple Music, so there will be some initial issues that need to be addressed. Some users also prefer Amazon Music HD interface to Apple Music.
The bottom line
Amazon Music HD lets you get acquainted with and use Amazon with a library of tens of millions of artists and songs. There are a ton of exclusive releases and playlists, and plenty of hard-to-find tracks are on Amazon as well.
Sign up for a 30-day free trial on Amazon Music HD here. After your free month ends, continue for just $ 9.99 per month (basically the same price as Spotify or Apple Music). However, there is no annual commitment, so you can cancel at any time. Learn more about Amazon Music HD on Amazon.com.