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Amazon launches for-pay streaming music service

Amazon launches for-pay streaming music service

Amazon is introducing its answer to Spotify and Apple Music, and it's playing to win.

As rumored, Amazon has finally unveiled its new streaming service, dubbed Amazon Music Unlimited.

A single-person subscription costs $9.99 a month, falling to $7.99 if you are a Prime subscriber.

Amazon has offered music to Prime subscribers for a while, but it's always been more of an add-on. This isn't Amazon's first foray into music streaming. But if you're a Prime member, you can get access to your favourite songs at $8 a month, or $80 a year. The Alexa-powered on-demand music service allows users to access tens of millions of songs and thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations through voice control on supported devices. Music streaming is now just one more thing Prime subscribers don't need to leave Amazon to get.

The service is available now, and you can download the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows, or Mac.

Kintan Brahmbhatt, director of Amazon Music, said: "You can ask for Michael Jackson by saying, 'Play music by the King of Pop'".

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Currently, Spotify has 40 million paying members, while Apple Music has 17 million.

As of now Amazon have never calculated the statistics like how many people were listening to Prime Music, nor how many prime members it has?

According to AP, Amazon VP for digital Music Steve Boom says the Unlimited service is a grade above what even "Prime" users experience.

Amazon is also introducing a new collection of artist commentary dubbed Alexa Side-by- Side that has musicians talk about the story behind certain songs. The Music Unlimited homepage advertises such artists as Frank Ocean, Metallica and Shawn Mendez, all of whom I was able to find in the Amazon Music app after starting my free trial. If you've got an Echo, then it's even cheaper.

Amazon Music Unlimited is now available only in the USA, but is due to be rolled out to the UK, Germany and Austria later this year. It's called "Amazon Music Unlimited", and there are various pricing tiers, including one that might be particularly attractive to owners of the Amazon Echo.

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