Echo Dot deal: Just 99 cents when you subscribe to Amazon Music
If you don't already own an Echo device, here's your chance to get in on the action for a buck
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Here's proof positive that Amazon is willing to practically give away Echo Dot smart speakers. The company just resurrected a popular deal from last year: For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get an Echo Dot smart speaker for 99 cents when you sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited The latter costs $8 a month if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, $10 if you're not -- but you're free to cancel at any time.
The catch: If you already own any Echo device, you're not eligible for this offer. Same goes if you're an existing Music Unlimited subscriber, though the terms and conditions don't appear to exclude past subscribers.
The Echo Dot is the now-discontinued third-gen model -- the puck, not the orb. But it's still a nice-sounding, versatile smart speaker, one that was nearly always on sale for $30. (The newer orb-shaped Echo sells for $50, but it frequently goes on sale as well.)
Amazon Music, meanwhile, offers some 70 million songs that you can stream to just about any device (and download for offline listening on the go). Effective immediately, that subscription incorporates Amazon Music HD as well, meaning you now have access to high-quality, lossless and spatial audio.
If you're already a Prime subscriber, Amazon Music is a killer deal at $8 a month.