Amazon launched its standalone music streaming service this morning. It's called Amazon Music Unlimited and it is available for $7.99 per month to Amazon Prime subscribers, or less than the $9.99 per month it costs to subscribe to Spotify's premium tier or Apple Music. The Amazon catalogue offers "tens of millions" of songs that contain the libraries of Sony, Universal, and Warner Brothers, with whom Amazon struck deals.

Here are the subscription options for Amazon Music Unlimited:

  • $7.99 per month or $79 per year for Prime users
  • $9.99 per month for non-Prime users
  • $3.99 per month for streaming exclusively on Amazon's "Echo" portable speakers
  • $14.99 per month of $149 per year for family plan (up to six users)

Amazon Music Unlimited is already live in the United States and will come to the U.K., Germany and Austria later this year.