Amazon is now offering free, ad-supported Amazon Music playlists to Alexa users

Just a day after their joint press release announcing YouTube for Amazon devices and Amazon Prime Video for Chromecast, Amazon’s decided to match one of Google’s other recent announcements.

Straight after Google announced free YouTube Music streaming for Google Home and Assistant-powered devices, Amazon has decided to offer some more options of its own.

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Amazon is now offering free Amazon Music playlists for Alexa device, announcing that users who don’t have an existing Prime membership or subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited can now enjoy select playlists and stations for free. Like many other free-tier music streaming services, there’ll be ads every so often, but this isn’t expected to be too intrusive.

Users can request stations based on music genres or specific artists, as well as some of the more popular playlists e.g. Amazon’s Pop Culture or Country Heat playlists.

Amazon Music’s free playlists and stations should be available in the US on Alexa-powered speakers from today forward. Whether Amazon will match Google’s move – and make the free tier available outside the us – remains to be seen.

Last modified on 20 April 2019 3:20 pm

Chris Rowland: @ozcjr Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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