Today’s tech news: Amazon music free streaming with sponsored ads

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Amazon Music began with a free, ad-sponsored music streaming tier on Echo speakers and other Alexa devices. Offering access to “top playlists and stations,” this free experience is different than the selection of on-demand music that you get with an Amazon Prime membership. And Amazon Music Unlimited (or HD) subscribers don’t need to worry about ads.

Today, the company is rolling out the free Music streaming tier to customers on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Amazon’s own Fire TV products. Music fans will be able to play thousands of stations based on any song, artist, era, and genre; hear top global playlists; and the best in holiday tunes the company wrote in a blog post. You can also access the ad-sponsored Music tier at music.amazon.com. A Prime subscription isn’t required nor is a credit card or billing method but you will need an Amazon account.

Amazon Music Free: Access to top playlists and “thousands” of music streaming stations. Includes audio advertisements.

Music HD: Lossless / hi-fi version of Unlimited. Over 50 million songs in lossless quality, “millions” in hi-res quality.
$12.99 / month for Prime customers, $14.99 / month for non-Prime customers

Music Unlimited: Amazon’s standard monthly subscription music service.
$7.99 / month for Prime customers, $9.99 / month for non-Prime customers

Unlimited on a single device: $3.99 / month
(Limited to Echo speakers and Fire TV.)

Prime Music: On-demand access to over 2 million songs for Prime subscribers
Included free with Prime membership.

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