Play music from Amazon's cloud or your device
Amazon Music is a free audio application developed by Amazon Mobile LLC. This platform lets users enjoy their Amazon music library on their mobile devices. In addition, Amazon Prime members have access to a selection of over one million tracks and playlists that can be streamed and downloaded without charge.
Amazon Music is a web-based streaming service for music and podcasts that offers a wide selection of songs and episodes. Users can explore millions of tracks and podcasts as well as receive tailored recommendations based on their listening habits and preferences.
What can you do with Amazon Music?
The app lets you access your Amazon Music collection wherever you go, allowing you to download or stream music you've purchased on Amazon, be it MP3s or CDs. You can also play any music that you have stored locally on your device. The app gives you the ability to download music from your cloud library for offline playback.
The Amazon Music app includes access to the Store, boasting an impressive selection of over 28 million songs.
If you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll get much more out of the Amazon Music app since it lets you search for and download or stream music without ads. There's support for creating and editing playlists within the app for any of the music you have in the app.
The three subscription versions
Amazon Music provides users with three subscription options—Free, Prime, and Unlimited, each with its features and cost. The appropriate choice of subscription depends on individual preferences and budget. The Free version is the most basic subscription, offering access to thousands of playlists and stations. However, individual songs cannot be accessed at this level, and advertisements are played during the listening experience. Offline playback is also not available.
Additionally, the Prime subscription is accessible to users with an Amazon Prime account. For those without an Amazon Prime account, sign-up is required. The Prime subscription includes over 100 million songs, along with a vast array of playlists and stations, without any interruptions from advertisements. The subscription also enables offline playback. However, this subscription level still does not provide access to Ultra HD and HD audio.
Lastly, Amazon Music's Unlimited version is accessible without an Amazon Prime membership, but it does mandate a monthly or annual subscription fee. At this subscription level, users can enjoy all the features offered by the lower versions, including HD and Ultra HD audio. Additionally, they can access the growing selection of spatial audio playback. Moreover, offline playback is also supported at this subscription level.
New adventures in Hi-Fi
Navigating around the Amazon Music app is hit-and-miss. All the various sections are housed in a slide-out panel on the left of the main window. You can access your library, store, and the settings menu from here.
There are some irritating things about the Amazon Music app, however. For instance, switching a song from the one you're currently listening to is fiddly, as you have to go right back out from the player window. Also, you can't skip songs manually on a playlist without heading back and resetting the shuffle settings.
You're forced to use portrait mode in the Amazon Music app, and the application hasn't been optimized well for Android tablets. However, a handy widget in the app gives you some basic controls.
Not the best
Amazon Music is a mediocre audio player that is only worth downloading if you have ordered lots of music through Amazon and are an Amazon Prime subscriber. If not, and if you want seamless access to great music, try Spotify or Pandora. Better still, check out Google Play Music, which lets you play locally stored music and gives you unlimited access to online music through its All Access service.