Amazon to introduce free music service

Amazon to introduce free music service

Shares of the streaming-music service Spotify fell almost 4% early Monday after it was reported that Amazon was looking to launch a free music service that could arrive as early as next week.

Online retail giant Amazon is planning to launch its own ad-supported music service, which could launch as soon as this week.

Amazon is preparing to introduce a free, ad-supported music streaming service tier, according to an exclusive report by Billboard. Prime Music comes with a Prime subscription, but there's also a $9.99/month Amazon Music Unlimited offering that can be purchased separately. The new service is said to feature a more limited catalog compared to the paid Prime and Amazon Music Unlimited services.

Sources say Amazon could unveil the free music streaming service before the end of April.

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This new service, if it actually appears, would in theory be more convenient than those options - at least for the casual music listener who only wants to hear a couple of the latest hits every now and again.

However, the service would not be expected to have as extensive a catalogue as a service like Spotify.

This fee is reduced to $7.99 if users have a Prime subscription, or $3.99 if users agree to only listen through an Amazon Echo speaker.

The alleged free music service would be made available through the Amazon Echo smart speakers, the leak claims.

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