Amazon Music Unlimited on the Echo

Though I’m a Spotify guy, the new service, Amazon Music Unlimited, is whispering sweet nothings to me and my Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot.

If you’d told a teenaged me that there would be a day when I could sit in my living room and say “play Tales from Topographic Oceans” and my living room would immediately be filled with said musical insanity I would say “you, sir or madam, are talking as crazy as Steve Howe and Jon Anderson talked when they ‘composed’ those three sides of prog madness.” But… the time is here. I can say “Alexa, play the album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and another drug fueled exploration of who knows what will annoy my family and make me feel young again.

The problem with this concept is that there are now at least SEVERAL companies offering this service on the Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot and Amazon Tap.

Most recently, wise Amazon Prime subscribers were notified about Amazon Music Unlimited.

It’s basically Amazon’s version of Spotify. They have millions of songs on tap and when you select Amazon Music Unlimited as your main service, it will play back any song you want. Even prog rock. Marillion anyone?

Here are the details:

Amazon Music Unlimited is only $3.99 on a single device or $7.99 or $79 a year on EVERY device… that includes your smartphone, tablet, smart refrigerator, pacemaker… (okay maybe not the pacemaker… you understand)

If you are not an Amazon Prime subscriber it’s an extra $2 a month.

Amazon is going to roll out the family plan, which will be $14.99 and include all the services for up to SIX family members. That’s pretty cool.

Here’s my complaint: why all the “99s” people? How about just pricing it at Fifteen Bucks, eh? I know that in the marketing world, $14.99 seems like a better deal than $15 to our weird consumer lizard brains, but, really.

The family plan will, like the multi-device plan, have an annual price of $149. Or $150 if they were really cool at Amazon.

Speaking of really cool, there is an EXPANDED VERSION of Tales From Topographic Oceans. Years ago, I spent a month listening to nothing but the Expanded Version of Miles Davis’

Bitches Brew and nearly lost my mind.

Don’t be that guy. Or gal. Or lady.


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