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Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a free music streaming service

16 April 2019

Citing sources familiar with the plans, Billboard reported that Amazon is in talks to launch the music service as soon as this week.

According to, ecommerce giant Amazon is now in talks with major music labels to provide a free, ad-supported music streaming service.

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The streaming music landscape is about to get a little more fractured, with yet another deep-pocketed tech giant set to enter the field. "Might" being the operative word, however, since according to the Billboard report what Amazon is planning here will be a limited offering, compared to the much more comprehensive catalog of music Spotify tries to offer. The alleged service will take on Spotify and other streaming music competitors who already offer free music options to subscribers.

This fee is reduced to $7.99 if users have a Prime subscription, or $3.99 if users agree to only listen through an Amazon Echo speaker. But with Amazon's music service not having the mindshare owned by Spotify, or being automatically installed on millions of smartphones like Apple Music, it's facing an uphill battle. The report also claims that the service will initially be exclusive to Echo speakers and could launch as early as next week. Right out of the box users would be able to start playing music without making any payments or signing up for another service.

Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a free music streaming service