The music industry in the UK and Europe celebrates the release of Amazon Music Unlimited after it was launched in October 2016 in the US. However, it was founded way back in 2007 as Amazon Music.
The unlimited version is open to everyone and comes with an extensive catalogue of music. Spotify has been in the business since 2008 recording millions of userwhere a certain percentage of them pay for its services.
Both of them have a mission to be at the top in transforming the music industry, but Amazon is facing some competitive pricing options.
Even so, it is ready to enter the field. I bet Spotify will not sit down and watch as Amazon gains domination.
Here are a few things that set Amazon Music Unlimited and Spotify apart.
Now that Amazon is available in the US, UK and Europe, they have revealed a 30-day free trial to familiarise you with Amazon Music Unlimited.
After that, membership costs $ a month if you are not subscribed to Amazon Prime, but if you have a prime account, you get to pay just $ a month or pay $$ for a whole year.
They also offer a monthly membership of $ only for streaming music via the Echo speaker or Echo Dot (on a singleEcho device).
On multiple echo devices, you will need to register for the regular individual membership.
Very soon, they will be releasing a family membership for $$ a month.
As for Spotify, the cost ranges from free, ad-supported to a premium one that goes for $9.99 a month.
Their family subscription membership costs 14.99 a month, where each member of your family has their personal account.
It supports you and up to five members of your family while Amazon plans on hosting six.
By signing through UniDays/NUS Extra, students receive a discount on registering with $4.99.
Devices they are on
For Amazon Music Unlimited, it’s accessible via the Amazon Music app which is downloaded on iOS, Androids or PC. Also, it is available through a web player as well as the company’s echo devices.
Some BMWs and Mini cars happen to be Amazon Music-enabled which has you accessing Amazon Music Unlimited when you connect a smartphone.
Unlike Amazon, Spotify can be accessed everywhere; the apps are on some TVs- Samsung, Philips, Yamaha,etc. and some interesting home products like Naim, Sonos, Bose, Revo, etc.
Available in a wide range of cars, one can access it via Android Auto, Spotify connects, or Apple Carplay which are inbuilt.
When it comes to the sound quality, Spotify has 320kbps streaming quality for premium membership which is of high quality on a computer while on mobile, its extreme.
For free mobile listeners, you can pick the average quality of 96kbps or 160kbps for high quality.
As for Amazon Music Unlimited, we are left to guess a reserve of 320kbps streaming quality since they have not revealed theirs yet.
Number of Music Tracks
Including hits from today’s most famous artists, Amazon claims to have 40 million songs while Spotify has around 30 million songs in its catalogues.
Sometimes, accessibility of songs may vary from one place to another. With Spotify, being able to listen to songs may differ depending on where you are, but it’s not clear whether Amazon Music Unlimited is similar.
Despite having similarities in some features, they change when it comes to connectivity, discovery, and assistant.
Under connectivity, you can use Spotify Connect and stream music to compatible speakers or Uber taxis if you are a premium member with Spotify.
With Amazon, Echo devices or entertainment systems connect perfectly.
Music discovery is easier with Amazon’s redesigned music app while Spotify has Discovery Weekly which forms a playlist automatically depending on your listening habits.
Amazon has the help of Alexa which plays you whatever you want while Spotify doesn’t have an inbuilt assistant.
The difference in these two streaming services sets each apart from the other by a margin.
Now that Amazon Music is available inthe UK, membership is cheap compared to Spotify especially, if you have a prime account.
With just $ per month and an echo device, music marathon becomes your new hobby.
The free membership on Spotify allows you to listen to their entire music catalogue, but it has some limitations.
You get to listen to any artist, but when it comes to a specific song, you have to depend on Spotify to shuffle their tracks.
On this point, Amazon gains an advantage since it plays whatever you are in the mood for. Ask for Mariah Carey’s greatest hits, and that’s exactly what will play.
While Amazon Music Unlimited works on expanding, Spotify has gained a good reputation for its sound quality,useful music discovery features, and it’s easy to use.