Amazon is raising the price of its music streaming service, the company has announced in a new frequently asked questions. Starting May 5, Amazon Prime subscribers will have to pay $8.99 (£8.99) per month or $89 (£89) per year to access Music Unlimited, up from $7.99 (£7.99). ) and $79 (£79), respectively. The price of the single device plan, which allows you to listen to the entire library but only from a single Echo or Fire TV device, also increases from $3.99 (£3.99) to $4.99 (£4.99) per month. If you’re not a Prime member, the Amazon Music Unlimited price doesn’t change to $9.99 (£9.99).
What gadget grades, the price change almost eliminates the discount Amazon Prime subscribers get when they pay for Amazon Music in addition to their regular monthly Amazon subscription. Instead of getting a $2/month discount, they now get just $1 off compared to non-Prime subscribers. The news of the price increase comes weeks after Amazon increased its Prime subscription prices for the first time in four years from $119 to $139 annually, or from $12.99 to $14.99 per month.
Amazon includes a paired version of its streaming music service with a regular Prime subscription, but it features a limited catalog of just 2 million songs (compared to 90 million with Unlimited). There’s also no support for lossless CD quality or high-res music streams without paying for Unlimited.
Amazon Music is often reported to be the third largest music streaming service behind Spotify and Apple Music. As of the second quarter of last year, the investigative agency Midia reported that Apple Music (which normally costs $9.99 a month) had around 78.6 million subscribers, compared to Amazon Music (which includes Prime Music and Music Unlimited) at just over 68.1 million. Spotify ($9.99 a month), meanwhile, had 180 million premium subscribers at the end of last year.