If you’re a teenager, or you know any, chances are that whenever they want to listen to music their first port of call is a streaming service.
Whether that’s Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Deezer or one of a thousand others, it basically involves playing music over the internet without having to buy that piece of music first. It’s become so popular in recent years that since 2014 the singles charts have been taking streaming into account (150 streams equals one sale), and last February the albums chart followed suit (1,000 streams equals one sale).
Music for nothing: if you’re a consumer, sounds like a win-win situation, right? Not quite. Spotify is by far the most popular streaming service and like many of its competitors there is quite literally a price to pay.
Unless you’re happy to hear adverts in between songs or don’t mind only being able to play albums and playlists on shuffle if you’re listening on a mobile phone or a tablet, you’ll need to pay Spotify’s £10 a month subscription. Much the same is true for Deezer, while Apple Music doesn’t give you the option of a free service at all.
Amazon have just launched their own streaming service, the cleverly named Amazon Music Unlimited, that is ludicrously cheap (£3.99 a month) if you own an Amazon Echo speaker and £7.99 a month if you’re a Prime subscriber.
There is, however, another option. If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber – you might have joined to watch
Top Gear 2 Clarkson, May and Hammond’s The Grand Tour – then you have access to Amazon Prime Music.
This is a music service which includes thousands of outstanding albums and songs, is available on desktops and all mobile devices and, I would be willing to bet, is being ignored by many of its potential customers. It also allows you to download albums onto your phone or tablet so you don’t use up all your data listening to them when you’ve not got wi-fi access.
To find it, go into the Your Prime section at the top right hand corner of your Amazon home page and take it from there.
From Little Mix and Shawn Mendes to Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones, there’s new music, old music, music you’d forgotten about and music you never got round to buying in the first place. It’s a brilliant resource if you baulk at the idea of paying £120 a year for Spotify.