Amazon Music Making Free, Ad-Supported Limited Catalog Available To All

Thursday, November 21st, 2019 |

Amazon is becoming much more serious with its push into the music streaming service world. Already a major player for music streaming, Amazon Music has announced it is launching the free, ad-supported version of its service to all costumers. Before, only those with an Amazon Echo would get access to the the free ad-supported version of the streaming service.

The free version is available through the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, Fire TV and the web in the U.S., U.K., and Germany.

Amazon has tried to make their music service more affordable for some time with a complex system of tiers depending on if you are a Prime member. Amazon Prime members automatically get access, ad-free to a limited catalog of two million songs as opposed to the 50 million song catalog available to prime members.

The new ad-supported version will have the same two million song catalog, so the carrot is being extended, but the larger batch of songs is the real prize – unlocked through a subscription. It will attempt to up-sell users to Amazon Music Unlimited. Like Spotify, it will try and get users into the ecosystem, tying in a Prime membership and a Music Unlimited subscription to make a customer all in with the massive company.

For those who want higher sound quality, users can upgrade to HD for $12.99 per month for Prime members, or $14.99 per month for non-members.

They also have an intro offer with for Unlimited, the premium ad-free music subscription service, for only $0.99 for the first four months.


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Before there was Ultra Music Festival, there was The Winter Music Conference, the annual coming together of the dance music tribes. Miami in March is a fundamental place to be from a business perspective, and has always given me endless opportunities for discovering new partnerships and talent. WMC brings together the dance music industry and surrounding culture like no other event in America. I’ve been attending WMC for nearly 20 years, and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing its evolution in 2019.

Matt Colon

Director, North America - YM&U Music

Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC

Danny Tenaglia

DJ, Producer

Winter Music Conference is my ground zero. It has always provided the perfect storm of opportunity and excitement for up and coming artists, including myself back in 2003, where I first caught a glimpse of how it felt to have an audience respond to my work. Over the years, I’ve always made it a point to have WMC in my calendar because that’s the spot where everyone congregates and you can feel it in the air. Creativity, brother and sisterhood, FUN and most of all the chance to come together as a community and celebrate the reason we are all here—the music.”



The Winter Music Conference represents a chance for Beatport to connect directly with our customer community. Having a strong conference means we have a platform to embrace the entire spectrum of electronic music culture. We are proud to support the resurgence of this great event.

Jonas Tempel

Beatport, Co-Founder

I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.

Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records