Amazon is expanding the availability of its Amazon Music Unlimited service and Amazon Echo speakers, adding 28 more markets across Latin America and Europe.
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New Markets For Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon Echo
Amazon announced the expansion of Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Echo to 28 more countries in a press release. The new markets are Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, and Uruguay.
Amazon Music Unlimited was launched in the United States in October 2016 and then rolled out to the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and to Japan just last month.
With its wider availability, Amazon Music Unlimited is gearing up to provide a bigger challenge to the leaders of the music streaming industry, Spotify and Apple Music.
Supporting the rollout of Amazon Music Unlimited to more countries is the official start of shipping of the Amazon Echo and its various models to these new markets as well.
What Is Amazon Music Unlimited?
Amazon Music Unlimited is a paid music streaming service with 40 million songs, unlimited streaming with no advertisements, customized stations and playlists, and new releases. The service also comes with the option to listen via its iOS and Android apps, its Mac and Windows programs, Amazon Echo smart speakers, and Amazon Fire TV set-top box.
Amazon Music Unlimited offers three tiers for subscriptions, namely the Echo Plan that enables the service on one Amazon Echo, the Individual Plan that enables the service on several devices, and the Family Plan that provides access to the service for up to six family members. No prices were revealed for the new markets, but they cost $3.99, $9.99, and $14.99 in the United States, respectively.
The Popularity Of The Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo was at the center of Amazon's deals for the recently concluded Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Amazon had amazing deals for the smart speaker and its different variants, likely pushing out the Alexa-powered device to even more households.
Amazon also recently revealed Amazon Echo (Product) RED. Preorders are up for the device, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale to go to the Global Fund as donations to help support the fight against AIDS.