Amazon Music for Android plays MP3s that are on your device and located in your Amazon cloud storage, while Prime subscribers also get curated music stations and an on-demand catalog of over two milli0n songs; adding a monthly subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited provides "tens of millions of songs" for on-demand streaming and optional offline listening.
Millions of songs to choose from: Amazon Music for Android offers a couple million classic and current songs from its Prime Music catalog for on-demand listening.
Myriad playlists and stations: Amazon Music offers a seemingly endless array of playlists and stations to choose from, based on popular artists, genres, moods, and decades.
Great playback controls: Skip back a track or forward by swiping left and right, respectively. Swipe up to open full screen. Alternatively, if you own an Amazon Alexa device, use your voice to call up playlists or songs.
X-Ray Lyrics: Tap this button over your current track to get the song's lyrics in real time, so you never miss a beat, while singing along.
Offline listening: Download tracks from Prime Music or Music Unlimited over Wi-Fi, so that you don't have to use your wireless data when you're out of Wi-Fi range.
My Music: Under the My Music tab, you'll be able to listen to all MP3s you've purchased from Amazon, iTunes, or elsewhere.
Competitive upgrade price: Whereas most competitors, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Tidal charge $9.99 for an all-you-can-listen-to subscription, Amazon has a competitive advantage by charging Prime members only $7.99 per month for Music Unlimited. If you're willing to limit yourself to an Amazon Echo or Tap device, you can cut that down to $3.99 a month. Non-Prime members who don't limit themselves to such a device will pay the usual $9.99.
Poor recommendations: So far, Amazon Music's recommendations aren't as accurate as Spotify's, for example. But we assume that'll improve as the app grows accustomed to our preferences.
Amazon Music Unlimited subscription necessary: Amazon Music for Android is infinitely better when paired with a Music Unlimited subscription. Otherwise, you're limited to a relatively small catalog.
Furthermore, if you don't have a Prime account (or only have a Prime Student account, which doesn't come with access to the Prime Music catalog), you'll only be able to play your own purchased MP3s in the app. Spotify or Pandora, on the other hand, let you stream a variety of ad-supported curated music stations for free.
If you don't have an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, then there's a lot less here for you when compared to, say, Spotify or Apple Music. But if you're already a Prime member and would rather not pay an additional fee, and you're fine with a limited amount of music, then the free subscription with Prime may suffice.
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