Sources: Amazon To Launch Subscription Music Streaming Service
For several years, the streaming music game was pretty much a three-horse race between Spotify, Google Play Music, and Deezer, which has remained popular in Europe. Since then, more and more players, like Tidal and Apple Music, have joined the fray. Now, according to sources from Amazon, the online retailer will also toss their hat in the ring with their own standalone streaming service.
The sources who are close to the situation, according to Reuters, say that the service differs from its current music service Amazon Prime Music, which really only is marketed towards Amazon Prime users. Instead, this new streaming service will compete with the aforementioned services at a cost of $9.99 a month.
Details about the new service are sparse at this point in time, so we can’t really speak to whether the catalog will look more like Spotify or more like Tidal. But as of now, Amazon is still in the process of finalizing the required licenses, meaning that we’re still probably several months away from the service’s launch. Amazon also reported a 20% growth in sales from last quarter bolstered primarily by Prime, and by extension Prime Music, making it a good time to enter this market.
Sources say that Amazon plans to pair the service with Amazon Echo, which will allow you to use voice commands to manipulate the player.
H/T: Android Authority