Brilliant Amazon deal encourages students to avoid Apple Music

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Amazon is making on-demand music more affordable than ever for students.

Its brilliant new deal provides access to Music Unlimited for just $0.99 a month. Students enjoy exactly the same service as other Music Unlimited subscribers for a fraction of the cost.

Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services offer hefty discounts for student subscribers. Those discounts are usually 50% off the usual subscription price. But Amazon’s is even better.

Students who subscribe to Prime Music Unlimited now pay a mere $0.99 a month.

Amazon Music Unlimited a steal for students

The plan gives students exactly the same access as any other paying Music Unlimited subscriber. That means a catalog of more than 50 million songs and features like offline listening.

Student subscribers won’t be forced to see or listen to ads, and the monthly cost of their plan won’t change (at least for the foreseeable future). This isn’t a limited-time deal for just a few months.

So, what’s the catch? Well, to enjoy Music Unlimited access for just $0.99, you will need a Prime Student subscription.

That’s nothing!

The good news is that students can try Prime for free for six months — and enjoy Music Unlimited for just $0.99 a month during that time. And if you sign up at the end of the trial, you get 50% off.

A Prime Student subscription is half the cost of a normal Prime subscription, so you’ll pay just $6.49 a month or $59.50 a year.

Amazon is currently third in music streaming — behind Apple Music and Spotify. But it is currently the fastest-growing service, thanks mostly to its affordable Echo smart speakers.

Amazon will be hoping its new student deal helps drive growth even faster. It currently has 32 million paying subscribers, but the retail giant will be looking to catch up with Apple’s 60 million.