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Amazon Music Unlimited Launches Today and Echo Owners Will Be Happy About It

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music-unlimToday, the newest on-demand music service called the Amazon Music Unlimited was introduced which features tens of millions of songs and thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations.  And it’s not just accessible through the tips of your fingers but also on the tip of your tongue. Continue reading Amazon Music Unlimited Launches Today and Echo Owners Will Be Happy About It

Spotify Killer?

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Back before Fire TV was announced, there was a lot of speculation about Amazon adding a streaming audio service to Prime, and that maybe FireTV might be part of that.

That didn’t actually happen, at least not with FireTV. But the rumors of such a service tied with Prime still persist — and there may be something to them.

There were some Prime members that felt a bit miffed at the $20/yr rate hike. Personally, I think it’s still a really good deal — but Mrs. Amazopia and I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, which spreads the cost out over many items, and it’s really convenient.

Amazon Prime already features lots of add-on goodies, such as Kindle book loans and on-demand video, so it makes sense that Amazon would want in on the lucrative and competitive streaming audio market. What escapes me is how adding such a feature to Prime is going to enhance the bottom line, unless Amazon is counting on that to increase the number of Prime memberships.

According to Buzzfeed, the new service will only feature tunes that are at least 6 months old. I guess that limitation isn’t terribly awful, but it casts some doubt that the new service would be what GigaOM calls a “Spotify Killer.”