Amazon Music for iOS

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Editors' Review

shelbybrown Apr 27, 2018

While Amazon was once just a shopping destination, it's added a number of streaming services in recent years for movies, TV shows, and music. Launched in October 2016, Amazon Music Unlimited is its competitor to Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora (separate from Amazon Prime Music, which is included with a Prime subscription, whereas Music Unlimited is not). What does AMU give you that other music streamers do not?

Pros

Looks polished and is easy to use: Amazon has clearly spent a lot of time on the visual aesthetic of the app, with liberal use of subtle gradients, partial transparency, slick animation, and dark palettes that lend a premium feel. While tastes are ultimately subjective, it's one of the nicest looking music apps we've encountered, and the experience scales smoothly from a large tablet down to an iPhone SE.

And the interface has some function to go along with the form. When a song is playing, you can swipe left and right on the bottom of the screen to change tracks, and the icon changes to let you see what you're about to do. Or you can tap on the Alexa button in the corner and ask Amazon's virtual assistant to play something for you, removing the need to even know how to navigate the app.

Unusual and interesting features: There's an Offline Recommendations option, which automatically downloads recommended music to your phone or tablet (and you can separately tell the app to only download or stream over a Wi-Fi connection, if you're concerned about data charges). It's a cool trick that we haven't seen elsewhere.

If you have a lot of storage available on your mobile device, you can also set your cache size to "unlimited," and you won't run out of space because it will always leave 10 percent of your storage free, trimming the cache as necessary.

Last but not least, you can freely and easily edit any playlist. With one of the songs open on your screen, tap the button that's second to the right (it looks kind of like a flag), tap Edit, and swipe individual songs up and down with a fingertip, or remove them altogether. Spotify also lets you do this, but Apple Music does not (though the latter does at least let you randomly shuffle song order).

Discounted for Prime members: If you have a Prime subscription, Prime Music gets you access to "over two million songs," which is pretty nice since it comes at no added cost. If you upgrade to Music Unlimited, you get "tens of millions of songs" (roughly in Spotify and Apple Music territory) at $8 a month instead of $10, or you can pre-pay a year for $79, which works out to $6.58 a month. And there's a family plan for $15 a month or $149 a year for Prime members, the latter of which works out to $12.42 a month. If that's enough, you can also pay just $4 a month if you're willing to limit the stream to one designated Echo device.

These are the most aggressive prices you'll see in this space, and you get the standard 30-day free trial to decide what will work best for you, if anything.

Widely available: In addition to Android and iOS phones and tablets, you can set up Music Unlimited on any of Amazon's popular Echo and Fire TV devices, enabling you to give commands to Alexa to play whatever tracks, artists, and albums are available without having to open the app first. Sonos and Bose SoundTouch systems are also supported, as are the major web browsers. However, you won't yet find the company's music services on third-party streaming boxes like the Roku or Apple TV.

Cons

Could use a few more audio settings: Amazon Music doesn't give you sound presets or an equalizer, so you get what you get, which is disappointing. You can at least choose from four different stream quality settings, which is more than Apple Music will do for you. But if you need to tweak your treble or bass, you're out of luck.

Bottom Line

If you're fine with the narrow audio adjustment options that the app gives you, Amazon Music Unlimited is a very economical choice with a large library made more accessible than the competition, thanks to Alexa integration.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.8.0

• Improved audio quality for downloaded content and Bluetooth playback.

• Disabled automatic loop playback mode when the device is connected to a car.

• Improved buffering to reduce loading time between tracks.

General

Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 6.8.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 9,342
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

Amazon Music. We're changing the way you find and play the music you love. Listen to tens of millions of songs with weekly new releases. Explore curated playlists and stations, always ad-free and with unlimited skips. Access your favorites with offline listening. Listen free with a Prime membership or get more with Amazon Music Unlimited. More ways to listen: Amazon Music Unlimited. Choose from tens of millions of songs, thousands of curated playlists and stations, and get personalized recommendations. Stream weekly new releases from today's most popular artists. Download your favorite albums, songs, and playlists to your mobile device for offline listening. Your music is available anytime, anywhere. Exclusive Prime member pricing. Music Included with Prime. Enjoy a curated catalog of two million songs, playlists, and stations. Always ad-free and included with your Prime membership. My Music. Listen to music you've purchased from Amazon - MP3 or AutoRip CDs/Vinyl. Your Amazon purchases are stored for free in the Amazon cloud. Import your iTunes music collection to the Amazon cloud with our desktop app and listen anywhere using our mobile and tablet apps. Download our apps at: https://www.amazon.com/musicapps. Play music already stored on your iOS device - you can mix with Amazon Music Unlimited, or Prime Music songs to make your perfect playlist. Visit us at: www.amazon.com/AmazonMusicUnlimited. www.amazon.com/PrimeMusic. www.facebook.com/amazonmusic. www.twitter.com/amazonmusic. www.instagram.com/amazonmusic.