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Amazon Music playlists can now be played for free on Echo speakers

Amazon has announced that Echo owners can use part of Amazon Music for free. The new free service does not require an Amazon Prime subscription and can be used to access playlists or launch new stations by ' Hey, Alexa ' and then say a music genre or artist name.

The reservation here is that this new layer of Amazon Music is only available in the US at the launch, and the service is fairly minimal. For example, you will not get on-demand access to the entire Amazon library and you will hear advertisements between songs.

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The good news is that you can use it on all US Alexa devices – including Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Show and Amazon Echo Plus – right out of the box without signing up for Prime Music via Amazon Prime ($ 119 per year) or Amazon Music Unlimited ($ 7.99 per month for Prime members, $ 9.99 for non-Prime members).

Not bad, but Google's offer is better

Although this is certainly a step forward for Amazon – giving things away for free is not always the strong thing – but it only comes 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 on-demand music from the huge YouTube Music catalog. Google still puts ads between numbers, but the & apos; It's still a much more attractive offer than the fairly limited service from Amazon.

The offer of Google is clearly better, but in today's subscription, everything, we take the free things where we can get them.

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