Amazon expands into subscription music...and meat?It's similar to Spotify, but Amazon Music Unlimited has a low-price hook for Echo owners. Meanwhile, Amazon may also be looking to build its own grocery stores.
Amazon now has its own version of Spotify, it's called Amazon music unlimited. The subscription music streaming service is similar to what's offered by Spotify, Apple, Google and all the others. You can instantly stream any song you want on demand, starting at $10 a month, but Amazon has a twist on the price. If you are a member of prime, the monthly fee is knocked down to eight dollars a month and if you want to go cheaper, there's also a four dollar a month option, but for that crazy low price there's a catch. You can only listen to songs on On an Amazon Echo smart speaker. The integration with Echo is the real hook here. Echo's assistant, Alexa, now understands new voice commands to play songs. You can ask to play a mix of genre or mood-based tracks from a Specific decade or year. And if you don't know the name of the song, well Alexa can still play it, if you can rattle off some of the lyrics. If you're thinking, wait, didn't Amazon already have a music service? Well, not exactly. Prime subscribers had access to a limited library of music that was complimentary with a Prime membership. But it doesn't have access to as many songs. Amazon's latest expansion does go beyond music, though. Possibly into meats. Amazon is also looking into opening its own small grocery stores. According to The report from the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the plans. Amazon is not commenting on its convenience store dreams, but it would a natural way for Amazon to expand its grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh. It's not the first time we've heard of such a report. Two months ago, GeekWire reported that Amazon was building a drive-up grocery store in Seattle. Amazon has experimented with a few actual brick and mortar stores ever since it opened an actual bookstore in Seattle last year. That's it for this tech news update. I'm Bridget Carey, stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update.