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| June 11, 2014
Report: Amazon Will Launch Its Streaming Music Service Tomorrow
Amazon’s rumored streaming music service will launch tomorrow, Thursday, June 12. That’s according to a new report from the New York Post. First rumored late last month, the service will apparently be available to Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay a $99 per year subscription fee. Along with free, two-day shipping, Prime members receive a number of other perks like access to a library of streaming videos. Amazon’s service, according to the publication, will rely heavily on playlists from particular music categories:
The new offering is expected to kick off Thursday and is described as a truncated version of Spotify. Consumers would be able to access a limited catalogue of songs, but none of them would be the most recent chart toppers. The independent music labels, Sony Music and Warner Music Group are believed to have signed on to license their music while Universal Music has yet to agree to a deal.Music lovers currently have a number of streaming music options to choose from. Along with pioneers like Spotify and Rdio, Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion in May. And next week, on Wednesday, June 18, Amazon will reportedly unveil its first smartphone that offers glasses free 3-D visual effects. For other news today, see: Next-Generation iPad Air Will Reportedly Enter Production This Month, More Images Leak That Apparently Show Apple's 'iPhone 6,' and Check Out The 2014 iPhone Photography Award Winners.