Earlier today, we wrote a story with the headline Will Amazon’s streaming music service launch today? And will it have UMG? Both questions have been answered quickly: yes and no.
Amazon Prime Music went live this morning in the US only, pitching its wares thus: “Over a million songs. Hundreds of Playlists. Unlimited, ad-free streaming. FREE with Amazon Prime.”
That covers the salient points. Rather than charge a standalone subscription fee, Amazon is bundling Prime Music into its existing Amazon Prime subscription service. For $99 a month, that now offers free two-day shipping on products bought from Amazon’s online store, a library-style e-book lending service, and streaming TV shows, films and now music.