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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

OK, nobody needs to get hurt, we’ll buy more Kindles

Not content with crushing the high street, touting cloud services, and dominating e-books, Amazon has launched a music streaming service set to rival Spotify and Apple Music in the world of heavily marketed, mediocre pop acts.

Amazon Prime members will now have access to one million songs and hundreds of playlists, it said.

The service will be available through smartphone apps for Android and iOS, as well as through the browser and Amazon’s Fire tablets and smartphone.

Under the £79-a-year Amazon Prime service, customers get one-day delivery, photo storage and access to the Kindle Lending Library.

However, last moth Amazon enraged authors by switching to a “pay-per-page” royalties model for self-published Kindle authors.

Christopher North, managing director at Amazon UK, said: “Prime Music is the latest great addition for our UK Prime members and we think they’re going to love it.”

Some of the 'Prime Playlists', "hand-built by music experts", include 70s Dinner Party, Don’t Call This Emo, Enya's Top Songs, Coffee Shop Indie, and James Blunt, and more.

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