If you sell on Amazon and subscribe to Prime for benefits like free shipping, you may be wondering: "Does Amazon Prime include free Spotify?"
The short answer is no – a Spotify subscription is NOT included with Amazon Prime in 2023.
As an experienced Amazon seller and Prime member myself, I figured I‘d clear up whether you get free Spotify with Prime once and for all in this detailed guide.
I‘ll also compare Music Unlimited vs Spotify from a seller‘s perspective, suggest workarounds, and explain the options you have as an Amazon merchant for streaming music.
Here‘s what we‘ll cover:
|1.||What does my Amazon Prime subscription include?|
|2.||Why Spotify is NOT free with Amazon Prime|
|3.||Music Unlimited vs Spotify for sellers – which is better?|
|4.||How can I get Spotify Premium free or discounted as a seller?|
|5.||Should I pay for Spotify Premium out of pocket as an Amazon merchant?|
|6.||What are the limitations of Spotify‘s free plan for sellers?|
|7.||Can I link Spotify with Amazon Alexa as a seller?|
|8.||Pros and cons of Amazon Music vs Spotify for merchants|
Let‘s get into it…
What does my Amazon Prime subscription include?
As an ecommerce seller, you likely already know the main benefits of an Amazon Prime membership:
- Free 1-2 day shipping on Prime eligible products
- Prime Video to watch movies and shows during breaks
- Prime Photos for unlimited photo storage
- Prime Reading for ebooks and magazines
- Prime Gaming for free games and loot
But here are some Amazon Prime perks you may not know about as a seller:
- Business Prime Shipping: Free 2-day shipping for Prime orders over $10
- Amazon Advertising credits: Get advertising credits to promote products
- Relay: Free delivery from store to warehouse
- Hub delivery: Discounted storage and delivery
- Prime Link: Share Prime with household members
However, one thing you don‘t get with your Prime membership is a free Spotify subscription.
Spotify Premium costs $9.99/month for Amazon sellers – it does not come bundled with a regular Prime membership.
Why Spotify is NOT free with Amazon Prime
I know it can be confusing, so let me explain why Spotify doesn‘t come free with Prime:
- Amazon Prime includes Amazon Music Prime
- Amazon Music Prime ≠ Spotify
- Spotify has completely separate premium ($9.99/mo) and free tiers
See, Amazon Music Prime is the music service bundled with Prime. It gives you access to 2 million songs free.
But Amazon Music Prime is not the same as Spotify, which has over 80 million songs.
Spotify has its own separate paid Premium and ad-supported Free tiers outside of Prime.
As a seller, unless you specifically pay for Spotify Premium, you won‘t get full access to Spotify just by having an Amazon Prime membership.
You‘d have to upgrade to a paid Spotify plan separately.
Music Unlimited vs Spotify for sellers – which is better?
You might also be wondering how Amazon Music Unlimited compares to Spotify.
Music Unlimited is Amazon‘s full-catalog on-demand music service that costs $7.99/month for Prime members.
Here‘s how Music Unlimited and Spotify Premium stack up for sellers:
|Spotify Premium||Amazon Music Unlimited|
|Price (Prime members)||$9.99/month||$7.99/month|
|Songs||Over 80 million||90 million|
|Key features||Playlists, podcasts, sharing, concerts||Alexa integration, HD audio, spatial audio|
|Pros for sellers||More music discovery, useful for acquiring new tastes/trends||Cheaper, integrated with Amazon ecosystem|
|Cons for sellers||No integration with Amazon devices/services||Less music discovery, no podcasts|
For most sellers, Spotify Premium provides more value thanks to the larger music catalog, personalized recommendations, podcasts, and full platform support.
But Music Unlimited may be a better budget option if you already use Amazon devices and want to save a couple bucks a month.
At the end of the day, choose the service that best fits your needs and budget as a seller. You can also use both if you want the full selection of music discovery from Spotify along with Alexa device integration.
How can I get Spotify Premium free or discounted as a seller?
As an Amazon seller, you may not want to pay $9.99/month for Spotify Premium out of pocket.
Here are a few ways you can get Spotify Premium for free or at a discount:
- Spotify trials – Get 1 month free Premium trials
- Spotify student plan – Pay just $4.99/month to verify student status
- Spotify family plan – Share one $15.99 plan with up to 5 others
- Spotify+AT&T – May come free with select AT&T cell plans
- Credit card rewards – Cards like Amex may offer annual credits
You can also get extended free trials by signing up for Premium with different emails or referring friends. But read the terms carefully, as trial abuse can lead to account termination.
My recommendation is trying out the 1 month Spotify Premium free trial first to see if you find enough value in it as a seller before committing to a paid plan.
Should I pay for Spotify Premium out of pocket as an Amazon merchant?
Whether or not paying $9.99/month for Spotify Premium is worth it depends on your needs as an Amazon seller.
Here are some benefits of Premium that may make it worth the cost:
- Listen to music while working to stay energized and focused
- Discover new music trends to get product/marketing ideas
- Sample popular playlists to identify best-selling themes
- Block ads that disrupt focus while working
- Download songs to listen offline or outside
However, the ad-supported Free tier may be sufficient if:
- You primarily work in silence
- You rarely discover new music for business purposes
- You only use desktop for music while working
- You don‘t mind shuffle-only and periodic ads
My advice is to make use of the 1 month free trial for Spotify Premium to see if you find it indispensable as a seller before paying full price month after month.
What are the limitations of Spotify‘s free plan for sellers?
If you don‘t want to pay for Premium, here are the key Spotify Free limitations to be aware of as a seller:
- Audio ads – Periodic ads can disrupt focus while working
- Shuffle-only on mobile – Can‘t pick specific songs/moods to match tasks
- No offline mode – Can‘t listen outside without WiFi/data
- Lower 160kbps audio – Less crisp than 320kbps on Premium
- Limited skips – Only 6 skips per hour
The shuffle-only mode may be the biggest drawback on mobile. It prevents selectively queuing motivational or concentration-boosting tracks to power through work.
Ads can also cut into valuable working time. My advice is trying to string together multiple free trials of Premium to avoid ads and shuffle limitations when possible.
Can I link Spotify with Amazon Alexa as a seller?
Absolutely! As a seller with Spotify, you can link it to Alexa/Echo devices like this:
- Open the Amazon Alexa app
- Go to Settings > Music
- Select Link New Service
- Login to your Spotify account
- Set Spotify as your default music service
Now you can say "Alexa, play my Daily Mix on Spotify" and access your Spotify library!
Linking is useful if you want to use Spotify music on Alexa devices hands-free while working. Just make sure to enable the skill in the Alexa app first.
Pros and cons of Amazon Music vs Spotify for merchants
Here‘s a quick rundown of the major advantages and disadvantages of Amazon Music (free Prime tier) vs Spotify for sellers:
Amazon Music Prime Pros
- Included free with Prime
- Voice control via Alexa
- Good enough for background music
Amazon Music Prime Cons
- Only 2 million songs
- No podcasts
- Limited music discovery
- Shuffle playback only on mobile
Spotify Free Pros
- 80 million songs
- Enhanced music discovery
- Podcasts, audiobooks
- Desktop on-demand playback
Spotify Free Cons
- Periodic audio ads
- Mobile shuffle-only
- No Alexa voice control
- Lower 160kbps audio
Spotify Premium Pros
- Full catalog of 80+ million songs
- On-demand playback
- Ad-free experience
- 320kbps audio quality
- Offline listening
Spotify Premium Cons
- Not included with Prime
- $9.99/month subscription
- No native Alexa support
So weigh the pros and cons based on your needs as a seller. In most cases, Spotify gives you access to more music, discovery, and podcasts – but costs extra.
The Bottom Line
As an Amazon merchant with Prime hoping to get Spotify included, here are the key facts:
Spotify does not come free with Amazon Prime
Only Amazon Music Prime is included with a Prime membership
Amazon Music ≠ Spotify
You‘d need to pay separately for Spotify Premium ($9.99/mo) or use the ad-supported Free tier
Consider Premium trials, student plans, or family plans to save on Spotify as a seller
Linking Spotify to Alexa lets you access it on Echo devices, despite no native integration
For most sellers, Spotify provides more discovery, podcasts, and full catalog – but costs extra vs. Amazon Music
So in summary, no – Amazon Prime alone does not unlock Spotify Premium or any version of Spotify. You need a separate subscription.Evaluate your music needs and budget to determine if upgrading to paid Spotify is worthwhile as an Amazon seller.
I hope this guide cleared up whether you get Spotify free with Prime! Let me know if you have any other questions.