Amazon’s music-streaming service has a new route to subscribers’ ears: Apple’s CarPlay in-car platform.
iPhone owners with a compatible motor can now play the Amazon Music app through CarPlay – a small step in the scheme of things, but a welcome one for those people nonetheless.
A more interesting story about Amazon’s streaming expansion came in the Economic Times though, with its report that Amazon is “preparing to wade into India’s crowded music streaming market by early next year and is in discussions with record labels including T-Series to acquire music rights”.
The report relates to Amazon Prime Music, the limited-catalogue service bundled into a Prime membership, rather than Amazon Music Unlimited.
T-Series was the source of the report, with the Bollywood-focused company’s MD telling the Economic Times that Amazon has “acquired our film rights for the coming three years as a part of their Amazon Prime Video service. They are coming up with the music service next year, so they are taking our catalogue for their music service”.
An additional data point from the report: the claim that Apple Music has “up to 400,000 subscribers” in India now, although that compares to Gaana’s 28 million monthly active users, and Saavn’s 20 million.