Amazon Expands Free Music Service To Smartphones, TVs

Posted: Nov 19 2019, 6:39pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 19 2019, 7:12pm CST , in Technology News


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Amazon expands free music service to smartphones, TVs

Amazon is heating up the competition in the burgeoning music streaming market with the expansion of its free music streaming service.

Amazon launched a free, ad-sponsored music streaming service to customers without an Amazon Prime membership or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited — its premium, ad-free music service — in a bid to take on streaming giants such as Spotify and Apple Music.

The company outlined the new Amazon Music services consumers can avail in a blog post released on November 18.

Starting Monday, Amazon allowed users to listen to Amazon Music’s collection of top global playlists and thousands of music streaming stations for free. Such playlists cover current hits and songs across different genres, as well as holiday tracks in time for the holiday season.

Amazon made the free service accessible on Fire TV streaming media players, on iOS and Android through the Amazon Music app, and on its web player, which still requires a login. The offering has been previously restricted to Alexa-powered devices, such as the company’s Echo speakers.

The free service is currently available to customers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany and does not require subscription or credit card information. Amazon did not disclose whether it plans to make the free tier available to other countries.

Amazon’s expansion of its free service comes as the company offers new users four months of its premium tier, Amazon Music Unlimited, for just $0.99. The price promotion applies only to the individual monthly plan and expires on January 6, 2020. Once the paid trial ends, a customer’s subscription will automatically continue at $9.99, or $7.99 for Prime members.

Amazon is not the only company expanding in the booming music streaming industry. According to recent media reports, the Chinese company that owns video app TikTok will roll out its own music subscription service as early as December. ByteDance is currently talking to major record companies Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music for global licensing deals to add their songs on its planned platform, unidentified sources told the Financial Times.

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