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Tech & ScienceAmazon set to launch ad-supported free Music Unlimited tier

17:25  15 april  2019
17:25  15 april  2019 Source:   pocket-lint.com

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Amazon Music Unlimited promises to offer a licensed catalog as deep as that of Spotify and its other Four months after Billboard first reported that Amazon was set to debut a new, full-featured It's called Amazon Music Unlimited . Amazon already had a music streaming service, Prime Music

Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free , ad - supported music service, sources familiar with It also sells Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions separately for .99 a month, reducing Currently, Spotify is the only major subscription-dependent music streaming service with a free tier

Amazon set to launch ad-supported free Music Unlimited tier © Pocket-lint

According to an exclusive report from Billboard, Amazon is due to launch a new free tier to its current music streaming service.

The report claims that Amazon has entered into discussions with a number of record labels and is said to be offering to pay royalties on a per-stream basis, regardless of how much advertising revenue is made on that particular stream session.

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. From the sounds of it, this free tier will also only be available on Echo speakers, and will come with a smaller library of music. Essentially making it a stripped back, ad-based version of the single device option.

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Amazon Prime Music offers access to around 2 million tracks, and there's also an Amazon Music Unlimited service, a more direct Spotify If Billboard is right and the service does launch next week, Spotify will no longer be the only music streaming service offering a free , ad - supported tier .

Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free , ad - supported music service, sources familiar with It also sells Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions separately for .99 a month, reducing Currently, Spotify is the only major subscription-dependent music streaming service with a free tier

Amazon set to launch ad-supported free Music Unlimited tier © Getty

As it stands, Spotify is currently the only big-name music streaming provider to offer an ad-supported free tier. The other big players, like Apple and Google, offer limited time free trials which then turn into full premium accounts at around £10 per month.

By adding a free tier to its lineup, it’ll see Amazon offering the largest choice of plan tiers. In the UK, it already offers the aforementioned single device plan, as well as individual, student and family plans.

It’s clear then that, just like its hardware efforts, it wants to offer something for everyone. 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.

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Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions provide a full catalog for .99 a month, discounted to .99 for Prime members and .99 a month those who only listen on an Amazon Music is on track to hit 35 million monthly users this year, across its various tiers . making Amazon Music a major competitor.

Amazon is getting ready to launch a free , ad - supported music streaming service, according to anonymous sources speaking to Billboard. Spotify, the leading music streaming company worldwide, boasts nearly 100 million paying customers with another 115 million on the service’s free tier .

Amazon set to launch ad-supported free Music Unlimited tier © Getty

On the plus side, for those buying Echo speakers, this does make it incredibly convenient to start listening to music without having to log in or activate third-party skills. And it won’t cost anything either.

Billboard claims this new plan could arrive as soon as next week. We’ll keep you updated if anything more official turns up.

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