Music streaming now offered by Amazon in the UK

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Online retail giant Amazon has launched its music streaming service, Prime Music, in the UK, available for free to customers of Amazon Prime.

Those who sign up for the £79-a-year Amazon Prime service will have free access to more than one million songs, on computers, mobiles and tablets.

This new service sees Amazon pit itself against Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play and Tidal, although with just one million tracks in its library so far, it is well behind Spotify and Apple who have more than 30 million songs each.

However, a number of artists are not available to listen to, such as artists who are part of the Universal Music Group label. These include big names such as Abba, Eminem, Kanye West and Katy Perry.

Music streaming is becoming increasingly popular, with music streaming in the UK almost doubling over the last year. The Official Charts Company recently recorded more than 500 million streams occurring over one week in the UK, the first time it has happened.

Although currently offering fewer tracks than its major competitors, Prime Music can work out as a cheaper service, as it comes free in the annual £79 Amazon Prime service. On Spotify and Apple Music, there are monthly subscription prices of £9.99 a month, meaning you pay more for a year of membership. Other subscription options are available though.

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