Amazon Cloud Player
Finally, more news about Amazon’s upcoming music streaming service.
BuzzFeed has spoken to five industry sources who are familiar with Amazon’s plans.
They say the streaming service will launch in June or July, and will be incorporated into Amazon Prime.
Prime is currently $99 a year (recently up from $79). It includes two day shipping, instant streaming of TV shows and movies, and eBook lending.
Hopefully the new service will not be based on the dismal design of Amazon Instant Video or Cloud Player.
Amazon is trying a different approach with their streaming service, but I imagine this was a decision made by labels and not Amazon.
The service will only have music that is at least six months old, and will be restricted to releases selected by labels.
Amazon has reached agreements with Sony and Warner. The status of negotiations with Universal is unknown. There are no details on agreements with indie labels.
Last we heard, independent publishers were saying Amazon’s streaming contract is “entirely unacceptable”.
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