Amazon launches voice-controlled music service

Amazon Music Unlimited will directly compete with other music streaming sites such as Spotify and offer additional “conversational” functionality.

Amazon has launched a music streaming service to rival Spotify, which has been designed in-house and comes with smart voice controls.

Amazon Music Unlimited is an on-demand music service with a catalogue of more than 40 million songs and thousands of playlists and personalised stations.

The service integrates with Amazon’s existing Alexa voice service, allowing the user to choose music by asking instead of manually searching.


Amazon says it hopes the experience will become more “conversational” and “personalised”, as users are able to ask for music from a certain year, decade, genre or to match their mood at the time.

If they don’t know the name of a particular song, users can also request it by saying a few of the lyrics.

Another new feature is Side by Side, which provides background information about songs from an increasing number of artists, including Sting, Emeli Sandé and Madness.

Redesigned music app

Amazon Music Unlimited features within the recently redesigned Amazon Music app, which has a new interface that puts more emphasis on album artwork, music discovery and playback.

The app also includes a “home” section, which showcases selections by Amazon Music editors, “Recommended”, where users can find personalised music suggestions and “Now Playing”, with synchronised song lyrics.

The Amazon Music app is available now on multiple devices, with a range of different subscription plans currently available for Amazon Music Unlimited. For more information, head here.


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