Amazon Announces New Music Program - And It's Cheap

Posted: Aug 23 2016, 5:30pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Business News


Amazon Announces New Music Program - And It's Cheap
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Amazon has plans to launch a music subscription service that works in a similar fashion to Apple, Spotify, and others. For $10 a month, you will be able to stream all of the music you want, anywhere you want to stream it. However, there is a difference in the second service. Amazon also wants to release something that is half the price, but it would only work on Amazon's Echo hardware.

This cheaper price will likely make both the hardware and the service much more appealing to potential clients.

Industry sources say that launch could be as early as September, but it has had some problems finalizing deals with major music labels. Apparently, the sticking points is over whether the second service will cost $4 or $5 per month.

Amazon has yet to comment.

The $10 per month service would replicate some of the features that many other services use, including unlimited, ad-free music that you can play and download as you want. 

The newer service is something that other people have tried, but haven't succeeded at offering. However, these have usually been online radio services which limit when and where you can use them. Pandora is taking a new approach as well, with a $5 per month service.

Amazon's new service could go really well, or it could be rarely used. Industry insiders are split on it. Some people think that the cheaper price will be enticing, but others suggest that the lack of portability could be a problem. 

Amazon launched Echo, an internet-connect speaker, last year. The surprisingly sold over a million units with hopes to sell as many as 10 million in 2017, according to Recode.

Amazon Music services are free for Amazon Prime subscribers, but there is a limited collection of music on there. The service probably won't have any discounts for Prime subscribers.

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