Originally posted on Variety:
Amazon on Thursday took the wraps off Prime Music, its music-streaming service available to Prime members, touting a library of more than 1 million songs — without any ads.
Currently, however, Amazon does not have a deal with Universal Music Group for Prime Music. That’s a major omission, given UMG’s 38% share of the market with such artists as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Jay-Z.
Prime Music’s million-plus songs include tracks from Daft Punk, P!nk, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, The Lumineers, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna.
With the launch of the service, the ecommerce company will challenge similar music services from Spotify, Pandora and Apple. Amazon is bundling the music service with the $99-per-year Prime service, which provide free two-day shipping and unlimited video-streaming through Prime Instant Video.
Amazon noted other benefits of Prime Music compared with free alternatives. The service does not have any restrictions so users can skip as many songs as…
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