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Amazon to launch a free music streaming service

2019-04-15 17:00 by
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According to Billboard, Amazon wants to launch its own free, ad-supported music streaming service in the coming weeks. The alleged service would be made available through the Amazon Echo smart speakers. The service's catalog would allegedly be 'limited,' with Amazon offering record labels payments per stream initially.

Ad-supported free music streaming services remain popular with a number of consumers. Unlike paid offerings, these streaming tiers typically do not allow users to save music for offline access, limit the number of songs that can be skipped, and block the ability to find and stream specific songs, instead requiring the user to put a playlist on shuffle.

Music is a robust portion of Amazon's business — Amazon Music has tens of millions of active subscribers. Amazon Prime Music already offers access to around 2 million tracks, and there's also an Amazon Music Unlimited service, a more direct Spotify competitor – it has tens of millions of songs in its catalog and costs an additional monthly fee.

US Prime members have access to a select catalog of music for free, and can separately buy a larger monthly music subscription, which ranges from $3.99 to $9.99, depending on the number of devices used and if you’re already an Amazon Prime member.

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