Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Amazon will launch a free music service, but there’s a catch

Amazon tipped to launch a free, ad-supported music service to take on Spotify Amazon reportedly preparing free, ad-supported music streaming service
Charles Bowen | 16 April, 2019, 13:22

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

As you'd expect this free tier would sit below the current lowest option which costs £3.99 per month and enables you to stream via a single Echo speaker.

Amazon is busy negotiating terms and conditions with several music labels to bring the ad-supported free service and expand its portfolio.

Amazon isn't new to the music streaming game.

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Amazon now is very busy negotiating terms and conditions with several music labels to bring the ad-supported free service and expand its portfolio, as well as give a good taste of its music streaming platform to users - After all, a user could enjoy the free experience before deciding if he will upgrade to a paid plan.

Billboard, citing sources familiar with the plan, reported on Friday that Amazon would market the ad-supported service through its Echo speakers and offer a limited catalog.

However, the service would not be expected to have as extensive a catalogue as a service like Spotify. Amazon has said "tens of millions" of paid customers listen to Prime Music and its standalone Amazon Music Unlimited service. The report claims this free service may launch next week. Both Spotify and Pandora give users access to free content, though the latter comes in the form of "radio" that greatly limits the experience.

Does the world need yet another streaming music service?

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