Amazon Music Limitless is getting dearer, making it the newest music streaming service to place up its costs.
From February, subscribers within the UK and US can pay £1 / $1 more a month (opens in new tab), bringing the value as much as £10.99 / $10.99 (the scholar tier rises to £5.99 / $5.99). That is consistent with Apple Music, which raised its costs in October.
Amazon’s value rise will take impact from twenty first February. Its assist web page explains the upper value is “to assist us deliver you much more content material and options”.
It will go away Spotify and Tidal as the one main companies charging underneath £10 / $10 a month for his or her primary ad-free tiers (Apple and Amazon each cost £10.99 / $10.99, whereas Deezer is £11.99 / $10.99). Which makes a Spotify value rise extra of a query of ‘when’ somewhat than ‘if’.
The financial state of affairs is placing strain on all types of companies, and streaming companies are not any totally different. Spotify is reportedly planning redundancies (opens in new tab) as quickly as this week to chop prices. There’s nonetheless no signal of its Hello-Fi hi-res streaming tier which it first introduced two years in the past – its continued silence on the matter has gone past irritating and is now seen as a joke inside the tech trade.
Spotify is internet hosting an occasion in March, however there’s considered nonetheless no information on its HiFi tier. Its $9.99 value has remained the identical because it launched within the US in 2011, so some would say a value rise is lengthy overdue. CEO Daniel Ek not too long ago hinted that greater costs – within the US a minimum of – have been within the pipeline.
Amazon Music Limitless offers subscribers entry to 100 million songs in lossless CD high quality, plus “hundreds of thousands” of songs in hi-res. Amazon Prime subscribers pay rather less for Music Limitless (£8.99 / $8.99 a month – this value additionally rose final yr), or they will follow Amazon Music Prime which is included free with Prime and affords ad-free listening with out lossless high quality and solely allows you to shuffle songs in an album, playlist or discography.
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