Amazon today launched a new streaming service specifically for Echo speakers called Music Unlimited. It’s priced at just $3.99 a month and it makes tens of millions of tracks available for unlimited and on-demand streaming — but it’s limited to just one Echo speaker.
Once a year, Amazon has its Prime Day, which offers a plethora of discounts on items from the digital storefront, but only for folks who are subscribed to the Prime service.
Everyone’s going gaga over the always plugged in Amazon Echo and its surprisingly reliant voice assistant – Alexa. If you want to see what the fuss is all about, you need to spend $180 to buy Amazon Echo. But what if you don’t? Or what if you don’t live in the US? What if you have an idea for a voice assistant integration that you want to make and test out without actually buying Echo? Buy this $4.99 app instead.
Apple Music was a late-comer to the streaming music market, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still companies out there who haven’t launched their own options — like Amazon.
Jeff Bezos when questioned at Recode’s Code Conference as to why Amazon does not sell the Apple TV or Google Chromecast due to unacceptable business terms. The CEO said that Amazon sells plenty of competing products on Amazon, including Roku, Xbox One, and PS4, and that it wants its Prime Video player to be available on all such devices but with acceptable business terms.
Top iOS developer Marco Arment, creator of apps like Instapaper and Overcast, is worried Apple isn’t investing heavily enough in “big-data AI services” like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and others are. Arment warns that Apple “will find itself in a similar position as BlackBerry did almost a decade ago” if it doesn’t change that.
Amazon has stepped up its fight against Netflix by making its video streaming service available without a Prime subscription. The standalone video service will cost $8.99 a month, which is $1 a month less than the most popular Netflix plan.
When it comes to digital book readers, Amazon is a name that’s practically synonymous with the market. And now the company has just unveiled a brand new model in its long lineup.