Amazon to take on Apple and Spotify with new streaming music service

By , Jun 10, 2016

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Amazon is preparing to launch a new standalone streaming music subscription service, reports Reuters. The tech giant is currently finalizing licenses with labels for the service, and it’s aiming for a late summer or early fall launch.

Of course, Amazon already offers a limited music service for free to Prime subscribers. But this new service will cost $9.99 per month and offer a much more competitive catalog, putting it squarely up against Apple Music and Spotify.

Although it will be a late entrant to the crowded streaming space, Amazon believes a comprehensive music service is important to its bid to be a one-stop shop for content and goods, the sources said.

The new music offering also is intended to increase the appeal of the Amazon Echo, its home speaker, which searches the Internet and orders products from the retailer with voice commands.

The move to launch a full-fledged streaming music service makes sense, given Amazon’s behavior in recent months. In an effort to diversify its offerings, the retailer in April introduced a standalone video service priced at $9/month.

Apple Music launched in June of last year, and is expected to get a major update at WWDC next week.

Source: Reuters

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  • Newgunnerr

    Jesus can we not do this please? Why is everyone launching a music streaming service these days… can we just stick with 2-3 different platforms and not 10?

    • Mark S

      What does Jesus have to do with this? I dare you to start substituting Mohammed every time you run out of vocabulary.

      • White Michael Jackson

        Mohammed Christ calm down!

    • Shinonuke

      I can’t think of a single reason why we shouldn’t have tons of streaming services.

    • IlIl

      Competition is a good thing

  • Lit

    You can’t even download 320kbp music from Amazon (unless they recently changed that)… that’s already a loss in my book

    • :D

      They have high medium and low options
      Not sure how many kbp each option is tho

  • Mark S

    Yawn who cares about subscription music? What Apple needs to do is make itunes movies and tv subscription. That I would pay to access. Don’t care about amazon.

    • 9to5Slavery

      To fight netflix yes.. lol that would be crazy while netflix is sleeping

  • Jerry

    This is old news and it sucks I already had it

  • askep3

    Good luck.

    But seriously I guess competition is good.

  • Mike

    If you have android you can do this….. (educational purpose only :p)

    1.Root android phone
    2.Install rom
    3.Install Xposed (kinda like cydia but you can do more)
    4.Download SpotifySkip
    5.Download old Spotify

    Enjoy! Spotify Premium for FREEEEEEEEE!!!! There might be something like this in cydia but idk. 🙂

    • 9to5Slavery

      there is something like this in cydia for a while. and also pandora. and soundcloud which has ads now to overcome it. but thanks android mate.

    • Amid Abdul

      Or maybe you could just pay 5!! fkin dollars? Cheapass….

      • Mike

        $5 a month * 12 = $60

        Since most people have there phone for 2 years we can make it $120. Now think about everything you can do with $120… On top of that its not about being cheap its about being smart enough to overcome hoops. Like in the early 2000’s who would buy music with you have lime wire or frost wire?

  • 9to5Slavery

    The TRUTH about music streaming is when..



  • tariq

    Spotify for life!

  • :D

    Amazon Music has improved a lot over the past few months or so – it’s surprisingly good. The catalogue may be smaller but it’s not like anyone listens to all 30 million songs in Spotify. I’d much rather have a few good songs than a lot with all the crap songs diluting the catalogue. The selection on Amazon Music at the moment is pretty decent and the playlists / recommendations are really good. A few missing artists/songs here and there (e.g. no Adele!) but otherwise it is still mostly good. Music on your phone (in the Music app) syncs directly with the Amazon Music app as if they’re part of the Amazon catalogue. The apps are really good and best of all, it’s practically free at its current price considering everything else you get (I was a Prime customer long before I even knew about Amazon Music).

  • Ernie Marin

    Is it me or does Prime keep losing it’s value every time.

    • M_Hawke

      I don’t find it losing value. As a matter of fact, it seems to be getting better. Now with orders of $35 or more you get free same day shipping. And this new service doesn’t water down the Prime music service in the least.