Amazon launches music streaming service in the UK
28 July 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
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Amazon has entered the UK streaming market with the launch of Prime Music, a new service available to Amazon Prime customers as part of their annual £79 subscription.
Prime Music will provide access to more than one million songs and about 500 specially created playlists.
Amazon’s answer to Spotify, Deezer and Google Play follows the launch of Apple Music and Jay-Z’s Tidal this year.
However, there are some big holes in the Amazon Prime catalogue.
The likes of Amy Winehouse, Abba, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Eminem – all part of the Universal Music Group – are unavailable at launch.
Universal’s artists were also unavailable in the US version of Amazon’s service when it launched last year. At the time, The New York Times suggested the record company, which accounts for about a third of the global music market, was holding out over a royalty payments dispute.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment