Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon’s full-catalogue streaming service, announced its expansion into 28 additional countries, offering a catalogue of more than 40 million songs and thousands of playlists and personalised stations, hand-curated by Amazon Music experts, to millions of more listeners around the globe.
New customers in these countries can now begin unlimited, ad-free streaming of new releases from chart-topping artists within the Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Fire TV and on any Web browser.
Amazon Echo will begin to ship new regions as well, enabling customers to experience Amazon Music Unlimited with the power and simplicity of natural voice controls in English, powered by Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service.
Steve Boom, Amazon Music VP says, “Music is such an incredible global connector, and with Amazon Music Unlimited we’ve been able to give listeners access to an extensive catalogue with the added experience of using their own voice to hear music in so many ways with Alexa.
“Today’s announcement signifies an important moment for Amazon Music Unlimited and our international customers as we continue to offer more music fans all over the world a completely new way to hear expertly-curated playlists and songs from their favourite artists.”
Since first launching in the US in October of 2016, Amazon Music Unlimited has expanded to the UK, Germany, Austria, Japan and more, transforming music streaming with the ability to just ask Alexa to play music by voice and creating the most natural listening environment for millions of subscribers.
Now, customers in 28 more countries can ask for music from today’s most popular and trending artists.
In addition to streaming weekly new releases, subscribers can also enjoy unlimited, ad-free streaming of thousands of personalised stations and playlists designed for a wide range of artists, genres, moods, occasions and activities.
Amazon Music playlists including “The Twenty” and “Introducing” are custom-tailored for new territories by Amazon Music experts.
“The Twenty”, an Amazon Music Unlimited playlist, features a constantly-updated list of 20 of the hottest songs around the world. Customers can choose from content hand-curated by Amazon Music experts, build their own playlists, or find new favourites through Amazon’s recommendations either on the Amazon Music app or Web Player.
On top of this Amazon also announced that Alexa has been updated to include support for music alarms.
So instead of just asking Alexa to set an alarm for you, you’ll be able to request specific songs, playlists, artists, or genres to get you out of bed in the morning.