Amazon Music

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Account-based music player; no ads, but no parent controls.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play
Violence

Some songs contain explicit lyrics, and there are no parental controls to restrict access.

Sex

Some songs contain explicit lyrics, and there are no parental controls to restrict access.

Language

Some songs contain explicit lyrics, and there are no parental controls to restrict access.

Consumerism

Access requires Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited account. More music available through additional subscription.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some songs contain explicit lyrics, and there are no parental controls to restrict access.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Amazon Music is a music-streaming app that requires an Amazon account, which is only for users 18 and older. Amazon's terms of service, though, allow for kids to use the service with the involvement of an adult. The app is free and connects to Amazon Prime music accounts or to an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. One Amazon account can have up to 10 connected devices sharing music. Users can add their own music files to play from the app and sync their iTunes playlists. While there are no parent controls to restrict access to explicit lyrics, there are kid-friendly station options and no videos. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 8, and 11 year old Written byDeniseArts May 12, 2017

no parental controls.

Warning- if you get an "Alexa" or an "Echo Dot", you will be in the kitchen cooking for your kids, and you'll suddenly hear Eminem scr... Continue reading
Adult Written byLaurence C. January 23, 2018

Too much explicit content

The app would be 4 or 5* if they took children into account, but they don't. The app opens with suggested Playlists on the top, things like "Most Play... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNiko neko September 16, 2018

PLEASE READ!

(i was using an extension on my computer that deletes caps so i apologize if anything that should be capitalized isn't.) Dear annoyed parents. They'r... Continue reading

What's it about?

Amazon Music gives you access to all the music you buy digitally on the logged-in Amazon account as well as streaming options either from Amazon Music Unlimited or Amazon Prime Music. Create playlists or browse curated lists. Browse, search, and stream music from channels organized by decade, genre, song title, or artist. Even some CDs purchased on Amazon can be automatically ripped to an Amazon Music account to be streamed. Other music files can be loaded into and played from the app, including iTunes playlists.

Is it any good?

With subscription choices, streaming and download options, and plenty of customization, this music-streaming app has almost everything listeners want -- and without the ads. Options include a sleep timer, choices for audio quality, and selections for cache size to keep music from hogging data and storage on the device. Suggested playlists and channels give a variety of music options. With an Amazon Echo device, users have access to a special subscription and can stream music through Alexa. There are no parental controls to restrict access to certain songs, though, so kids could have access to your full music library plus streaming options that contain explicit lyrics. Parents should know that the search history can be easily cleared, too. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite songs and easily try out new genres of music with Amazon Music's vast library.

  • Since there are no parental controls, parents may want to talk to tweens and teens about lyrics that may be objectionable and discuss their family guidelines for using those words in songs or in conversation.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free to download
  • Pricing structure: Free (free with Amazon Prime account, more access for $7.99-$14.99/month)
  • Release date: October 12, 2016
  • Category: Music
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Size: 92.40 MB
  • Publisher: AMZN Mobile LLC
  • Version: 6.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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