Report: Amazon Eyes $5 Echo-Exclusive Music Service

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Amazon is reportedly developing an Echo-exclusive music-streaming service that will be half the cost of traditional subscription plans.

As reported by Recode, the Echo-linked service would be $4 or $5 per month and launch in September alongside a $10-per-month streaming service that does not require the Echo (something Reuters first tipped in June). The cheaper service would not work on phones, Recode says, but details are still being hammered out.

Amazon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

Amazon already offers Amazon Prime Music, but it's packaged as part of Amazon's $99 per year Prime service (or $10.99 per month with Prime Monthly).

The Echo, meanwhile, launched in November 2014 and is controlled by voice commands. Ask for the news or weather, create a to-do list, set a timer, or ask it to play music. Echo even tells jokes. Users can bark commands for Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. A Bluetooth connection also allows for streaming music from Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora. A recent tweak to the system allows owners to specify whether the device defaults to Prime Music, or queries Spotify or Pandora instead.

For more, check out PCMag's roundup of Amazon Echo tips.

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