Your Amazon Echo speaker could be singing a new tune by the end of the month, as reports suggest Amazon’s long-rumored discounted streaming music service is set to launch in the next few weeks.
The Verge, citing the all-powerful “sources familiar with the matter,” reports that Amazon’s Echo-based music service — rumored to cost just $5/month — will be available for consumption soon, while the company’s larger, more widely available on-demand music service will launch soon after the new year.
The latter service will reportedly be called Amazon Music Unlimited, according to AFTVNews, which uncovered details of the service — which will have the slogan “listen to any song” — buried in code for Amazon’s new Music app for the Fire TV.
The services’ imminent launch may have been accelerated with competitor Spotify’s rumored acquisition of SoundCloud.
Amazon — which already offers Prime members access to the smaller PrimeMusic library — is reportedly waiting to finalize deals with a number of record labels before announcing plans for the service, but sources say most of those agreements are now wrapped up, or nearly completed.
“If [Amazon] wants to get the deals done they can get them done quickly,” one source tells The Verge.
Amazon’s soon-to-launch services take on two distinct avenues.
The first service would cost $10/month and appears to be nearly identical to services like Apple Music and Spotify: unlimited, ad-free music you can stream or download to take with you anywhere.
The Echo-only option — which is rumored to be launching first — would apparently offer the same type of service, but at around half the price. The discounted rate isn’t just for being a good Amazon customer; it’s also a trade-off for sacrificing portability. That is, unless you regularly haul your cylindrical Echo speaker from place to place with you.
by Ashlee Kieler via Consumerist