Amazon and Google launch free music services in challenge to Spotify

Amazon Music Gets Free Ad Supported Tier for Alexa Device Users Takes on Spotify

Amazon Music Gets Free Ad Supported Tier for Alexa Device Users Takes on Spotify

This would be Amazon's third music service after Music Unlimited and Prime Music, but the first to be offered for free to a specific category of consumers. Amazon is now the third largest music streaming service in the world, right behind Spotify and Apple Music.

The free service, announced Thursday, will be available to customers with Alexa devices who don't subscribe to Amazon Prime, the loyalty program known mostly for shipping discounts.

Amazon Music doesn't have quite the reach of Spotify or Apple Music, but it is now one of the only other major music services with an ad-supported free tier, joining the likes of Spotify. All Alexa devices owners will now have access to play a station based on a song, artist, era, and even genre. After starting folks off on the limited library available for free, Amazon could convince some of them to transition over to a paid service, such as Prime or Music Unlimited. This includes around two million tracks. Doing that requires Amazon Music Unlimited, a separate service which offers about 50 million songs for $3.99 a month.

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Credit: Tom's GuideBillboard reported last week that the company was planning to launch the new tier to compete with Spotify, offering to pay some record labels on a per-stream basis. But now you can listen to ad-supported playlists and stations from Amazon Music.

The service, available starting today in the USA, will provide access to top Amazon Music playlists and thousands of stations.

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