Amazon is reportedly making ready to launch a free music streaming service

Angelo Anderson
April 18, 2019

It's not clear if these options would be absent from Amazon's free service, as well.

Amazon to launch a free, ad-supported music service, sources familiar with the intensifying its competitive threat to global streaming leader Spotify. Spotify says they now have 116 million free users and 96 million paying subscribers. The service's catalog would allegedly be 'limited, ' with Amazon offering record labels payments per stream initially.

Amazon is yet to respond on the matter. The report claims this free service may launch next week. As of now, it's existing music streaming services - Prime Music and Music Unlimited have been widely adopted by around 20 million users as of 2018. However, built-in free streaming goes hand-in-hand with the company's long-standing effort to popularize voice commands via its Alexa-supported devices.

As if Spotify didn't already have the world's biggest tech player on its back (thanks, Apple Music), now it'll have Amazon to compete with in the song streaming race. Amazon, too, is another tech giant with a huge balance sheet for whom music will represent a comparatively small part of its balance sheet, while Spotify of course lives and dies by the success of its music offering, which is pretty much the entirety of the company. Spotify now has the biggest subscriber count globally, but Apple Music recently announced it has accrued the most number of subscribers in the United States.

Amazon now offers some 2 million songs available free to Echo owners who also pay $119 yearly to subscribe to the company's Prime for expedited shipping and online music, movies and TV. Amazon's "free" music streaming stands to potentially grab a market share among customers looking for an all-inclusive subscription app.

On Spotify, you can request specific songs but you'll need to listen to an ad first.

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

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