Latest in Gear

Image credit: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Amazon may be working on a free, ad-supported music service

It would take Spotify head-on as soon as next week.
412 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Amazon might compete more directly with Spotify in the near future. Billboard sources maintain that Amazon is in talks to debut a free, ad-supported service as soon as next week. You'd only have access to a "limited catalog," but this would also give you something to play on your Echo speaker without having to pay or sign up for another service.

While it's not clear how much music would be available, it's reportedly willing to pay "some" labels per stream no matter how many ads run alongside those songs.

Amazon isn't commenting on the rumor. With that said, it's easy to see the company offering a free service. Although its existing pay-only services (Prime Music and Music Unlimited) have been relatively widely adopted with a total of 20 million subscribers as of 2018, it's unclear how many of those people actually listen. Prime Music is more of a bonus than something listeners seek out. Even if a free service didn't have a larger catalog than Prime Music, it'd have a much larger potential audience and would make Amazon more of a contender in addition to selling more Alexa-equipped devices.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
412 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

OnePlus reveals official 7T photos ahead of next week's launch

OnePlus reveals official 7T photos ahead of next week's launch

View
Philips' new Hue Play box syncs your lights with your TV

Philips' new Hue Play box syncs your lights with your TV

View
NBCUniversal's streaming service will be called Peacock

NBCUniversal's streaming service will be called Peacock

View
Bill Gates (still) doesn't think regulators should break up Big Tech

Bill Gates (still) doesn't think regulators should break up Big Tech

View
Apple pours another $250 million into iPhone glass supplier Corning

Apple pours another $250 million into iPhone glass supplier Corning

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr