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Amazon set to launch streaming music service: Report

Published on Jun 12, 2014 7:01 AM
Amazon meanwhile is widely believed to be preparing to launch its own smartphone that would tie in with its Kindle tablet computers (above). -- PHOTO: AMAZON

NEW YORK (AFP) - US online giant Amazon is preparing to launch a streaming music service as early as this week, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The report, citing unnamed sources, said the service would have a more limited catalogue than some rivals but would be offered free and without advertising for customers of Amazon Prime - a subscription service that includes free delivery, access to online movies and books and other advantages.

The Times said Sony and Warner Music had agreed to terms with Amazon but that no deal had been reached with the other major music publisher, Universal Music Group, which carries artists such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. The report also added that some newer hit songs may be excluded from the Amazon service.

Amazon has been rumoured for months to have been working on a music service but talks appear to have been bogged down over royalties and licensing fees.

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