Amazon’s alleged music streaming service has been in the works for a while now, but it looks like the company may finally make an official announcement tomorrow. According to a report from The New York Times citing several anonymous insiders, the limited service will launch on Thursday for Amazon Prime subscribers.
As previously reported, Amazon’s music streaming service will offer a library of older music, but won’t include access to anything released within the past six months. The company’s reportedly struck deals with Sony and Warner, but wasn’t able to close a deal with Universal, which boasts the largest catalog of pop stars. Amazon also offered licensing deals to smaller labels based on a royalty system.
Amazon’s new service will allegedly be ad-free and available at no extra charge for all Prime subscribers. Considering its limited library though, this new music streaming option isn’t likely to pose a huge threat to popular competing services like Spotify or Pandora. We still have a few questions, including whether Amazon will let you store music offline, but hopefully we’ll get an official look at the service soon.