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Amazon today has expanded its Music Unlimited streaming service with a new subscription tier: $14.99 per month for a "Family Plan." The option supports up to six family members (at least 13-years-old) for simultaneous listening and personal recommendations. There's also an alternative payment option to pay $149 upfront for an entire year of the Family Plan, cutting the subscription down to about $12 per month (via TechCrunch).

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The plan works by creating an Amazon account for each family member, but there is no unified family account; as Amazon said, "the only thing that's shared is the payment." On the plan, one family member uses a "shared payment method" to pay for the subscription, which is a debit or credit card that Amazon uses to charge each month for the service. Each member can make purchases on Amazon and Amazon Music Unlimited with the shared payment method, and the subscriber of the plan will get notifications of all the activity going through the group.

Despite the group connectivity, each member will have "the same functionality as the Individual Plan subscription," with personalized music, library, playlists, and recommendations. The Individual Plan launched in October and marked Amazon's entry into the on-demand music streaming category, along with Apple Music and Spotify. Amazon's Family Plan directly sits alongside Apple Music's $14.99 per month Family Membership, which grants the full Apple Music experience for up to six people.

Read up on more information about Amazon Music Unlimited's new Family Plan here.

Article Link: Amazon Music Unlimited Launches $15 Per Month Family Plan
 

joueboy

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I have a Prime but this is not a good deal for a person who has a family. I pay $15 on Apple Music there's no reason for me to leave the service. I'm hoping the rumor about Apple lowering the Apple Music subscription is true.
 

dmylrea

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I wish Google Play Music had a 1 time yearly fee. I'm not even concerned about the discount. I'd just like the option to pay once per year and call it a day. Don't get me wrong, a discount would be great. Just gimme the option.

Just curious what difference it makes since it's auto-charged to your CC each month...if you're not interested in an annual pay discount, what is the difference?

I also have Google Play Family plan at $15/mo and I'd be hard pressed to leave it (and it's wonderful multi-platform apps) for something like Amazon music.
 

69Mustang

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Just curious what difference it makes since it's auto-charged to your CC each month...if you're not interested in an annual pay discount, what is the difference?

I also have Google Play Family plan at $15/mo and I'd be hard pressed to leave it (and it's wonderful multi-platform apps) for something like Amazon music.
There's no way in hell I'd leave GPM for Amazon. I prefer to pay my bills as few times as possible. It's just a quirk. I typically pay $1K per bill and let them draw down. There are months where I have only mortgage payments and GPM.
 

jumanji

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love the annual pay option at a reduced rate. i do wish Apple would get better about the owner of the family plan. My kid and my wife have apple accounts now. i created one also because i didn't want all my text messages and photos to appear on their phones. well...the parent/owner account has to be separate and it has to be on one device somewhere.
 

strayts

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There's no way in hell I'd leave GPM for Amazon. I prefer to pay my bills as few times as possible. It's just a quirk. I typically pay $1K per bill and let them draw down. There are months where I have only mortgage payments and GPM.

I see that as essentially giving a free loan to the company. Plus if you hit hard times, every $100 counts. To each their own :).
 

69Mustang

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I see that as essentially giving a free loan to the company. Plus if you hit hard times, every $100 counts. To each their own :).
Whether I give them the money in one lump sum or individual monthly payments, they still get the money. What they do with it has no effect on me. If I hit hard times, at least I know my bills are paid to a point where I can ride out those hard times better. But you're right, to each his own.
 
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