Amazon just released Amazon Music Unlimited in October. As it's known to all, it's not the first time Amazon has offered a music streaming service. In June 2014, it released Prime Music with limited number of streaming tracks only available to Amazon Prime subscribers. But this time, Music Unlimited has a much larger catalogue of music and is open to everyone.
As there is already a large amount of music streaming services in the market, such as Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon has done a number of things to differentiate Music Unlimited from its competitors, such as competitive pricing options and Alexa integration that set it apart. If you keep wondering which one should you subscribe between Amazon Music Unlimited and Spotify, the following comparison you should never miss.
Amazon Music Unlimited is available in 4 countries so far.
Spotify is available in at least 60 countries.
1) Ask Alexa:
Amazon is pushing the service's integration with Echo and the Alexa voice assistant. Not only do Echo owners have access to a cheaper version of the service, they can request songs using just their voices. They can stream a specific song, artist, album, or playlist, and Alexa can even pull up the "latest song" from an artist or play music based on mood, time, activity, etc. Alexa can also find songs from snippets of lyrics.
Amazon Music Unlimited also offers a unique feature called Side-by-Side, which pairs artist commentary with selected tracks from the their catalog. The company says it is launching with a few dozen Side-by-Side features, including from artists such as The Chainsmokers, Jason Aldean, Lindsey Stirling, Sting, Norah Jones, One Republic, and Kongos, with more to come in the future. Readers of a certain generation might liken this feature to an updated take on MTV’s Unplugged or VH1’s Storytellers.
1) Discover Weekly
Discover Weekly, which is an automatically curated playlist of songs that it thinks you'll like based on your listening habits, serving up a personalized playlist full of artists you probably haven't listened to before. It's updated every Monday morning. The more you listen with Spotify, the more accurate this playlist will be to suit your taste. According to user's experience, they've always liked what they've heard from Discover Weekly.
2) Release Radar
A new playlist that drops every Friday. The personalised mixtape, which sits in the Discover section, will offer a collection of brand-new releases from artists you follow or listen to regularly. Spotify says it'll also throw in some "new discoveries" which, similar to Discover Weekly, are based on your listening habits inside the app.
If you already have an Amazon Prime membership or have bought an Echo speaker or Echo Dot, it could definitely be worth it because of the cheaper monthly cost compared to Spotify.
Spotify on the other hand is available almost everywhere and offers a free tier. It's worth noting that while the free tier still lets you listen to Spotify's entire 30 million strong music catalogue, if you can stand the limitations. But Spotify's service is incredibly easy to use, it sounds good and it has some incredibly useful music discovery features. What's more, with the following Sidify Music Converter, you can save all your Spotify tracks and playlists forever.
As we all know, all of the Spotify tracks are encoded with DRM. That is why all Spotify tracks or playlists will disappear or become unplayable after cancelling your subscription. Somebody will ask that is it possible to strip off the DRM from Spotify and keep Spotify tracks, albums or playlists forever? The answer is “Yes”.
Simply use software like Sidify Music Converter for Spotify (Mac version | Windows version), a powerful Spotify Music Removal to remove the DRM. It simply takes DRM music downloaded from Spotify and makes them DRM-free. After converted, all ID tags and metadata will be kept successfully. When you convert one of those tracks to plain MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV formats, it's yours forever and won't disappear if you cancel your subscription.