Amazon Music Unlimited vs Apple Music vs Spotify vs Deezer

Amazon Music Unlimited, which launched a month ago, went live in the UK today, offering more choices to customers, especially Amazon Prime members.

Amazon Music Unlimited costs just £7.99 per month or £79 a year for Prime customers.

The new Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service brings in 40 million songs across regions and genres, taking on the likes of Apple Music and Spotify in terms of it's collection. It will cost £9.99 per month for non-Prime customers but Prime customers will be able to choose either a £7.99 per month subscription or an annual subscription of £79 which will come down to just £6.58 per month.

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For those who own Amazon's Echo or Echo Dot devices, Amazon is offering a £3.99 a month subscription, letting users ask their Echo devices to play any song for them. Echo works through voice inputs so if you're looking for a song belonging to a particular genre or sung by a particular artist, just ask Echo to find it for you and it will do the searching for you. If you want to try it out first, just ask “Alexa, start my Amazon Music Unlimited free trial.” For those who want to access Amazon Music Unlimited both on their smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Fire devices and on the web as well as through Echo devices, they will need to pay an additional £6 a month over and above their subscriptions. Prime members will, however, need to pay just £4 a month to access the service on all their devices.

Apple Music, which is now available both to Android and iOS device users, costs £9.99 per month but turns out to be the cheapest streaming service if you go for the family sharing plan. Thanks to this plan, up to six members of a family can get a unified subscription which will cost just £14.99 per month which is just over £2 per user per month. With iOS 10, Apple Music has also undergone a design overhaul. It now features a Black and white theme where only colours of albums and tracks will show up. The new design will also let you play music, access controls and view lyrics on the same page. The For You category now includes Discovery Mix which contains songs picked just for you, including recently played ones and daily curated playlists. The new Browse feature will let you search for new music, curated lists, top charts and Beats1 Radio will let you listen to featured shows and upcoming shows as well. With over 2,000 publishers in its fold, Apple Music now boasts as many as 60 million users across the world.

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Deezer, like other premium streaming services, offers access to over 35 million songs, 40,000 podcasts, radio channels and playlists. If you go for a Deezer Premium subscription, will also be able to access music offline and receive personalized editorial recommendations on your phone. Like Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited, a subscription to Deezer costs £9.99 a month. New additions to the Deezer app includes personalized greeting upon launch as well as improved access to themed radio. Smartphone subscribers to Deezer will also have more ways to tailor their music recommendations through new ‘Like/dislike’ functions as per their tastes and preferences.

Spotify, the globe's most popular streaming service in terms of user base, has the largest number of free users with 70 million of them but offers an ad-free premium subscription as well. Despite a large user base, the company suffered losses to the tune of €173m last year following which it opened up playlists of free users to targeted advertisements. Advertisers can now display targeted adverts to users based on their listening history and which genres they follow. If you don't want to view or listen to advertisements, you can opt for Spotify Premium service which costs £9.99 a month and offers shuffle play, no advertisements at all, high quality audio, unlimited skips, offline listening and ability to play any track.

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