Amazon music is free now for all Amazon echo owners

Amazon has announced that Echo owners will be able to use part of Amazon Music for free. The new, free service doesn’t require an Amazon Prime subscription and can be used to access playlists or start new stations by saying “Hey, Alexa,” and then a music genre or artist name.

The caveat here is that this new tier of Amazon Music is only available in the US at launch, and the service is fairly minimal. For instance, you don’t get on-demand access to Amazon’s entire library, and you’re going to hear ads in between songs.

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While this is certainly a step forward for Amazon – giving things away for free isn’t usually its strong suit – but it comes just one day after Google announced that YouTube Music would be available for free on every Google Home speaker.

The difference here is that YouTube Music allows you to play music on-demand from YouTube Music’s massive catalog. Google still puts ads in-between songs, but it’ s still a far more appealing offer than Amazon’s fairly limited service.

Google’s offer is clearly better but in today’s era of subscription everything, we’ll take the free things wherever we can get them.

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