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Amazon is now competing directly with Apple Music and Spotify.
The e-commerce giant introduced its own full-fledged on-demand music streaming service on Wednesday.
The service, called Amazon Music Unlimited, gives subscribers access to a catalog of tens of millions of songs as well as thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations.
Amazon Prime members, however, can buy an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription for a discounted price of $7.99 per month or $79 per year — the latter of which equates to $6.58 per month.
Additionally, owners of one of Amazon’s voice-activated speaker systems like the Echo can buy a “For Echo” Amazon Music Unlimited subscription for $3.99 per month.
Steve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, tells Reuters he is optimistic that these new prices will expand the music streaming market:
“We’re moving music away from a one-size-fits-all approach. We are the ones who have been pushing this the hardest.”
Later this year, a “For Family” Amazon Music Unlimited subscription will also become available for $14.99 per month or $149 per year. It will allow up to six family members to use the streaming service simultaneously.
That’s the same price as the family membership plans currently offered by Apple Music and Spotify, both of which also accommodate up to six people.
Prime members who don’t want to pay any additional costs for music will still be able to access the Prime Music catalog of more than 2 million songs and more than 1,000 playlists and personalized stations for free.
For more free alternatives, check out “5 Music Streaming Services That Are Still Free.”
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