Amazon’s Prime Music library just gained 400,000 new songs overnight

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One great side effect of Amazon’s new Music Unlimited streaming service is that it has considerably increased the number of songs available to Prime members through Amazon Prime Music. Yesterday, there were around 1.8 million songs in the Prime Music library that Prime Members can access for free. Now there are just over 2.2 million songs available in Prime Music. To make Amazon Music Unlimited a reality, Amazon must have made numerous new deals with record labels. It looks like those deals included Prime Music negotiations as well, so if there’s a song you’ve wanted to listen to that hasn’t been in Prime Music, you may want to take a second look.

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Amazon launches new Amazon Music Unlimited streaming music service

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Amazon has launched their long-rumored new music streaming service. As I discovered last week, it’s called Amazon Music Unlimited and has several different pricing options. For those of you who are not Prime members the service is $9.99 per month. There is a family plan for $14.99 per month or $149 per year, which will be available soon, that grants access to 6 family members. These prices are equal to competing services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music. The pricing gets more interesting and competitive for Prime member who can pay either $7.99 per month or $79 per year, which comes out being about $6.58 per month. There is also an Echo-only plan for just $3.99 per month that grants access to the new music service from Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap devices only. Regardless of which payment option you select, the library of music accessible to you is exactly the same. Read more ›

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Amazon Music Unlimited will be $9.99 per month / $7.99 for Prime members and will include unlimited music uploads

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Inspired by my confirmation of a soon to be released new streaming music subscription service from Amazon, called Amazon Music Unlimited, a German blogger by the name of Carsten Knobloch looked through the code of Amazon’s web-based music player and uncovered a few pieces of new information about the service. It appears the service will have a regular price of $9.99 per month. Knobloch also found reference to a $7.99 discounted price which, through some additional digging of my own, I’m confident is the price for Prime members. I also found reference to “alternative” pricing, but I’m not sure on the details of that pricing. It may refer to the rumored Echo-only plan which restricts music playback to Amazon Echo devices. Sources have told The Verge that the Echo-only plan will cost $4.99 per month and launch “within a few weeks.” Read more ›

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Exclusive: Amazon’s music subscription service will be called Amazon Music Unlimited

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Amazon is rumored to be working on a new streaming music subscription service, separate from Prime Music, to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. After noticing an unusual lack of “Prime” branding in the new Amazon Music app for the Fire TV, I began to suspect the app was released this week in preperation for the rumored new music service from Amazon. I did some digging through the app’s code, as I am often inclined to do, and have found clear evidence that Amazon will indeed be launching a new premium streaming music service called Amazon Music Unlimited. Read more ›

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New Fire TV music app can access entire Prime Music library

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Something I overlooked when writing my overview of the new Amazon Music app for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, which is actually fairly significant, is that the new app can play any song in Amazon’s Prime Music catalogue without needing to add the song to your library first. The prior music interface on the Fire TV only accessed songs that were in your music library, but that’s no longer the case if you’re a Prime subscriber. This change is likely in preparation for the upcoming premium music subscription service from Amazon. Read more ›

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New standalone Amazon Music app arrives on the Fire TV ahead of UI refresh

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An over-the-air update to the music section of the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has started rolling out to devices. Interestingly, instead of updating the music section of the Fire TV launcher interface, the update empties the existing music section and places an icon in it which loads a standalone Amazon Music app. This new music app appears to be the way you’ll access Amazon Music through the upcoming redesigned Fire TV interface. So, instead of having a music section as part of the Fire Tv home screen, you’ll just load a music app instead. Here’s an in depth look of the new Amazon Music app. Read more ›

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Amazon reportedly launching an inexpensive Echo-exclusive music service in September

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Amazon launch an inexpensive streaming music service that would only work on the Amazon Echo, according to Recode. This service would be in addition to the $9.99 per month music service they’re already rumored to be working on, which is meant to take on Spotify, Google , and Apple’s streaming music services. Industry sources say the cheaper Echo-exclusive service will be $4 or $5 per month. Both the $9.99 and the cheaper service are expected to launch in September. While the report doesn’t mention the Echo Dot or Amazon Tap, I’d be very surprised if the service wasn’t available on those devices as well. The big question to me is if this is an Echo-exclusive service or an Alexa-exclusive service. The latter would mean that Fire TV devices could also have access to the new half price streaming music service.

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Amazon to launch new streaming music service later this year

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The rumors of Amazon launching a new standalone streaming music service to rival the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music are being reaffirmed. Amazon will reportedly launch a subscription music service “in late summer or early fall” that will cost $9.99 per month. Prime Music will remain available to Prime members, while the new service gives customers who want a more robust catalogue from Amazon an option.

Since easy access to streaming music is a major selling point for Alexa and the Amazon Echo, it makes sense for Amazon to want a first-party option that keeps customers from having to resort to services like Spotify, which debuted on the Echo earlier this year. While Prime Music’s 1.6+ million catalogue is nice for casual listeners, you can probably expect the new service to offer upwards of 25 million tracks. The big question is, will the new music service be released just to add another item onto Amazon’s growing repertoire of digital media services, or will there be something unique about it that entices customers of competing services to switch? We should know later this year.

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Amazon reportedly looking to release a new paid music service in addition to Prime Music

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Prime Music was released about a year and a half ago and has been a great extra free perk for Prime members, but its approximate 1 million song library can’t really compare to services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music, which each offer access to over 30 million songs for a monthly fee. For Amazon to play in the same league as the top streaming music services, they would have to charge a separate subscription fee for streaming music. According to a report by The New York Post, they’re looking to do just that. The report says Amazon is in talks to launch a Spotify-like streaming music service to be offered in addition to Prime Music. The service would cost $9.99 per month for unlimited access to streaming music. Interestingly, sources tell The Post that Amazon is considering a reduced bundled price of $3 to $4 a month if purchased with the Amazon Echo.

Amazon will be airing their first Super bowl ad in a few weeks to advertise the Echo. The Post says plans for a new music service are in early stages, but perhaps a new music announcement will be part of the ad. My money’s on new Alexa features and a new Echo coming in conjunction with the ad.

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