The world of streaming music can sometimes seem a bit bewildering. After all, there are so many services out there, each with its own unique feature set, usually related to audio quality and ease of use.
If you shop online, you’ve likely used or are at least familiar with Amazon. The company offers literally thousands of products for sale (not just books!), including high-tech items such as Kindle e-readers and Amazon Echo devices, with low prices and a Prime membership option that adds fast, free shipping and numerous benefits, including Amazon Prime Music.
Yes, you already have free access to over two million songs as part of your Amazon Prime membership. If you’re not a Prime member — or if two million songs isn’t enough to satisfy your deep craving for great music — you can get 48 million more (for a total of 50 million songs) for $9.99 a month by signing up for an Amazon Music Unlimited membership.
One big advantage of Amazon Music is that it allows you to listen to your favorite songs offline without the need for Wi-Fi or using cellular data: simply download any music you want to take with you before leaving home. This is great if you’re facing a long plane flight and don’t want to have to listen to the chatter or snoring of those around you.
To use Amazon Music, simply download the Amazon Music app from the iTunes® Store or Google PlayTM. To play a single song, log in and pick the song you want to hear, then press Play. Or you can create a playlist by clicking My Music, then Create New Playlist:
If listening to music through your smartphone doesn’t quite cut it for you sonically, consider streaming it from your mobile device via Bluetooth® to wireless speakers such as the Yamaha MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50.
To make a Bluetooth connection, simply go to the settings on your mobile device and enable your device as being searchable via Bluetooth, then select the device you want to stream to. All you have to do now is go back to the Amazon Music app and play some music!
Note: Amazon Music cannot currently be streamed directly via MusicCast. However, that capability will be coming soon! Check back here for an announcement when that happens.
To make it even easier to stream music with Amazon, Yamaha has built Amazon Alexa directly into two of its latest products, the YAS-109 and YAS-209 sound bars. This allows you to use Alexa to interact with Amazon Music directly instead of having to use your mobile device. Buy one of these sound bars now and get 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free!
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