Amazon Music gets a free ad-supported tier for Alexa users

Lawrence Kim
April 19, 2019

This service could bring additional pressure for a free Apple Music option. With the launch of its new ad-supported streaming service, Amazon is now a direct competitor to Spotify, which also offers a free ad-supported tier.

Amazon announced that its customers in the USA will be able to listen to an ad-supported section of top playlists and radio stations for free on Echo and Alexa-powered devices.

"Beginning today, customers in the US who do not yet have a Prime membership or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited will now be able to listen to an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations for free with Amazon Music on compatible Alexa-enabled devices", an Amazon announcement notes.

"Alexa, play country music" to hear a station with some of the best in the genre.

You can try out ad-free YouTube Music listening on your Google Home or Google Assistant speaker if you live in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, and Austria. This includes around two million tracks. This would be Amazon's third music service after Music Unlimited and Prime Music, but the first to be offered for free to a specific category of consumers.

"Alexa, play the playlist Pop Culture" to hear the ultimate global playlist for today's pop music.

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