Amazon Music Unlimited has been around for a while now, but has since expanded its catalog of music from a measly 40 million tunes to over 70 million over the course of five years, which is a good thing, because right now and until May 24, you can get the first three months for free with no obligation to purchase before the billing cycle starts.
Although Prime members already get the standard Amazon Music included with the subscription, that service only contains around two million songs and far fewer full albums. Amazon Music Unlimited has the following benefits:
- Stream up to 70 million songs
- New music all the time – the newest releases as soon as they are available
- Ad-free listening
- Offline listening
- Hands-free listening with Alexa
In 2019, Amazon launched Amazon Music HD, which offers up to “Ultra High Definition” audio streaming; HD refers to 16-bit audio with a 44.1kHz sample rate, and Ultra High Definition means 24-bit audio, with sample rates up to 192kHz.
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Amazon Music HD has the following additional benefit:
- Ultra High Definition (24-bit audio, with sample rates up to 192kHz)
The service will play the best quality available based on your network quality, and the high definition audio is supported on multiple platforms, including desktop devices, Android, iOS, and Amazon’s own smart speakers (barring some exceptions), Fire TV devices, and tablets.
Now you can get either Amazon Music Unlimited, or HD free for three months, after which Unlimited costs $9.99/month (US) / £9.99/month (UK) or HD for $14.99/month (US) / £14.99/month (UK). Existing Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers (Individual or Family Plan) can also upgrade to Amazon Music HD for an additional $5/£5 a month.
These offers are only available to new Amazon Music HD or Unlimited subscribers and as noted above, they end on May 24th, and as with other Amazon subscriptions, you can always choose to end your subscription before the billing cycle starts and the three months trial period ends.
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