Google Play Music vs Amazon Music Unlimited: The Best Music Streaming Service.

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Google hopes to take the audio streaming space by storm by using the Google Play Music service. At first interaction with this service, you may be mistaken to think that it is from Apple due to its awesome features as listed below.

  • The service is available via the web using your browser as well as on android and IOS mobile applications which add to its functionality across different operating systems.
  • Google Play music offers two listening plans i.e. the free and the unlimited the free service in contrast to the unlimited service; you encounter ads while playing music while also being able to skip only a limited number of tracks per hour. The unlimited service goes at $9.99 per month and comes with exclusive access to YouTube red which is Google’s premium video service.
  • Google Play has a generous family package for up to six family members at a price of $14.99 per month.
  • Google Play offers a smart service of sorting your music where music channels that fit your moods, as well as the time of the day, are recommended for you when you log in. the only downside to this is the fact that before playing the music one has to navigate layer after layer of categories to choose from which makes it somewhat boring.
  • One of Google plays arguably best features has got to be the ability to upload up to 50,000 music files to the cloud, which can later be played on the play music app.
  • The service can support many audio file formats such as.AAC, .FLAC,MP3, .OGG, and.WMA which is over and above what other music streaming services can stream.
  • Google Play has got a large library of audio files of more than 30 million songs to choose from.
  • Google Play music offers a clear, crisp and satisfactory audio sound output of up to 320 kbps bitrate.
  • The apps material design gives the app a sense of order and is attractive to use.


This service represents Amazon’s second foray into the audio streaming space after launching its first streaming service known as Amazon Prime Music a couple of years ago. This service surpasses its predecessor with superior features and functionality especially if you own an Amazon voice controlled speaker though also coming with its pitfalls. These features include:

  • Amazon Music does not entail a free service but only has an ad free service under which customers pay $9.99 on a monthly basis with a family plan of up to six family members of $14.99 per month.
  • The tracks on Amazon Music sound relatively good as they stream at a 256 kbps bitrate.
  • Amazon Music has the amazing ability to stream music to Amazon’s voice controlled speakers such as Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo dot and Tap using voice commands via Alexa voice-control technology.
  • The service has a vast music library of more than 40 million tracks as well as dozens of radio stations in its catalog.
  • The Amazon Music Unlimited service is available on desktop, Android, and IOS platforms although its mobile–based platforms lack lyrics which is a shame but come up with an option to lower the bitrate in order to reduce mobile data consumption.
  • Lyrics on Amazon Music use an innovative integration system where they move in time with the playing music, painting a lag free picture of uniformity which is visually appealing to users.


Although both Amazon Music Unlimited and google play music are great music apps which offer different functionalities that are sure to impress users, the Google Play Music service win this duel by outclassing the Amazon Music Unlimited in various departments. The Google Play service has a better bitrate, offers a free service for starters, ability to upload music to the cloud and the ability to watch a music video as opposed to just listening to an audio file. It is definitely a service that is exciting and which is worth trying. I cannot recommend it more.