Amazon working on free music streaming service

Amazon is reportedly readying to launch a free ad-supported music streaming service

Amazon is reportedly readying to launch a free ad-supported music streaming service

Spotify had 116 million ad-supported users and 96 million paying subscribers as of February 2019.

Of course, Amazon Music is already a thing, offering access to over 2 million "hand-curated" songs to Prime members at no additional charge, as well as unlimited, premium, and ad-free streaming services in exchange for $9.99 a month, with a massively expanded library of 50 million tracks.

Even though Amazon isn't exactly struggling from a financial standpoint, the e-commerce giant has been taking plenty of risks and constantly trying new things in the past few years to expand its product and services portfolio.

Look out, Spotify. There may soon be a new free music streaming service, courtesy of Amazon. Unlike paid offerings, these streaming tiers typically do not allow users to save music for offline access, limit the number of songs that can be skipped, and block the ability to find and stream specific songs, instead requiring the user to put a playlist on shuffle.

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

Amazon's Prime Music is now included as part of its Amazon Prime subscription service for $119 per year.

Amazon Music Unlimited only costs $3.99 a month if the subscription is only used through an Echo device.

The alleged free music service would be made available through the Amazon Echo smart speakers, the leak claims. Right out of the box users would be able to start playing music without making any payments or signing up for another service.

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