Prime Day doesn’t arrive until July 12, but that hasn’t stopped retail giant Amazon from unleashing a number of early discounts and deals. First up, one of the best Echo Dot deals we’ve come across! In the run-up to its annual sale, which takes place from July 12 to 13, Amazon is offering Prime customers the chance to pick up an Echo Dot with six months access to Music Unlimited for free.

Prime customers can unlock free streaming from the Apple Music and Spotify rival on the cheaper third-generation Echo Dot (for £34.99) or the newer, spherical fourth-generation Echo Dot (for £39.99). We’ve got the full details on Amazon Music Unlimited below and the difference between these two Alexa-powered smart speakers.

The third-generation Echo Dot usually costs £34.99, while the newer fourth-generation model usually costs £49.99. So if you opt for the newer Alexa-powered smart speaker you will not only be getting six months’ worth of free Music Unlimited access …but you’ll also enjoy a 20% discount on the recommended retail price!

You will rarely get a chance to enjoy months of free access to this Spotify and Apple Music rival, with the retail giant typically offering just one month free trials to the service.

Amazon Music Unlimited offers access to a library of 90million songs, as well as podcasts, curated playlists and more. The service usually costs £9.99 a month if you’re not an Amazon Prime subscriber or £8.99 a month if you are.

Anyone that signs up to get this Echo Dot and Music Unlimited deal, which ends on July 14, needs to be aware that after the free trial period is over your subscription will be auto-renewed.

So, if you don’t want to continue using Amazon Music Unlimited after your free trial is over you need to cancel before then.

Before you rush over to the Amazon UK website to get this bargain there’s one important thing you need to know.

This deal is only available for new Music Unlimited customers who are also Prime subscribers. That means if you are already an Amazon Music Unlimited subscriber or are currently enjoying a free trial you won’t be able to take advantage of the promotion.

Anyone picking up this deal and trying out Amazon Music Unlimited for the first time, after subscribing to Spotify, will notice one major difference between the two services.

Amazon Music Unlimited – unlike Spotify – offers its songs in lossless audio (i.e. CD-quality audio).

Amazon calls lossless audio HD Audio, and the entire Music Unlimited library of over 90 million songs is offered in this fidelity. While over seven million songs are available in Ultra HD audio (aka better than CD quality audio).

Spotify is planning on launching its own lossless audio feature, known as Spotify HiFi, at some point this year. However, a finalised release date has never been confirmed by the brand.