Amazon echoing Apple and Spotify
A new report by Recode says Amazon is getting into the crowded, music-streaming business.
Though the inside info claims Amazon's flagship streaming service will look and cost like Apple Music and Spotify, the Seattle e-tailer also allegedly has another, very different, type of music plan in the works: a $5-a-month music subscription that only streams on its Internet-connected Amazon Echo speaker.
A decent Bluetooth speaker, but ...
The Echo has a serviceable built-in stereo speaker system and can play purchased songs and albums from Amazon Prime as background music while you're cooking or what not.
But let's imagine that Amazon does go through with this Echo-only music service. Its price would hardly be worth it for most subscribers if they can't stream any of those tunes on the go. What's worse -- even for non-subscribers -- would be if Amazon decides to throw big, promo stunt money at artists in order to get Echo streaming exclusives on new releases.
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Your favorite artists, exclusive to Echo!
Instead of Frank Ocean's new album being available only on Apple Music, it'd be available only on an Amazon Echo, in your home. As in you on the couch listening to "Blonde," staring at the wall. And that's it.
Or Amazon could get Kanye's 14th revision of "Pablo" directly on Echo. (Good luck picking out the bassline changes on "Feedback" on those tiny speakers.)
Remember LMFAO? They could return outta nowhere with a new album, but you'd have to party like a rockstar with it in your kitchen if it were an Echo exclusive. Not good!
Coming soon (maybe)
Sound far-fetched? Probably. But so did the 3D-screened Amazon Fire Phone, and that definitely happened.
Either way, Recode reports that Amazon should be announcing its music services next month, both the normal one and the weirdo Echo version.