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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) launches Prime Music

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has added a streaming music service feature to its Amazon Prime membership benefits. The service is called Prime Music, which lets Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S. streaming songs ad-free and download them for offline listening as long as the listener’s membership is current. There are over a million songs available at launch as of today that are accessible and downloadable at no additional cost to the membership fee. Amazon recently raised the Amazon Prime membership fee from $79 to $99 per year. This service does not include new songs on their release dates, but it will include many songs from the Billboard Hot 100. Artists associated with Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are included, but Universal Music Group opted out. The conversations with Universal Music and Amazon.com are still ongoing. Amazon Prime members will be able to create their own playlists that include the streaming songs. The service also has personalized recommendations. Prime Music can be accessed through the Amazon Music app, known as the Amazon Cloud Player on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. Amazon Prime Music is only available on the U.S. for now, but it is expected to roll out to other countries.

Amazon Prime offers two-day shipping on store purchases, video streaming services, and a lending library for Kindle users to borrow one book per month. The negotiations between Amazon and the music companies started around 6 months ago.

[Source: Seattle Times]

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) announces new original shows for kids

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has announced that its movie and TV production subsidiary Amazon Studios will be rolling out its first three original children’s TV shows. One series will kick off each month this summer, starting with next week. Amazon Prime subscribers will get access to the original programming.
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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Prime users to get access to HBO shows

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and HBO announced a partnership today where Amazon Prime users will gain access to HBO content. Several HBO shows and mini-series programs will be included in this deal.
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Amazon.com has increased the price of Prime to $99

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Amazon.com is increasing the price of Amazon Prime from $79 to $99 per year. The student version of Prime is increasing to $49. The new price will go into effect on March 20th. Beyond April 17th, existing Prime members that renew their subscription will have to pay the $99 price. New customers that start a free trial between now and March 20th will get the $79 rate for the first year.
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Amazon Prime membership price may increase by $20-$40

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The Amazon Prime membership may increase by $20 to $40 per year. Currently, Amazon Prime costs $79 per year and it has been this way for years. Amazon Prime includes free two-day shipping on physical goods and it offers unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies from Amazon Instant Video. Amazon said that the rise would be due to the rise in fuel charges and shipping costs. Amazon is “considering” the change right now and it may fall through. It is unknown how many Amazon users are signed up with Prime. Apparently, Amazon Prime members spend approximately twice as much compared to regular Amazon shoppers ever year.

Amazon sold over 36.8 million items on Cyber Monday

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Amazon.com has reported that the 2013 shopping season was their biggest so far in terms of sales and services. Amazon.com announced that on Cyber Monday, over 36.8 million items were ordered worldwide. This is up from 26.5 million items last year.
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Amazon.com, Inc (AMZN) has over 16.5 million Prime account users

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Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is reporting that Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has 16.7 million Prime subscribers. This is up from 9.7 million one year ago. Around 93% of Prime subscribers have plans to renew their account for at least another year too. This stat is based on a  survey that the CIRP received from 300 Amazon.com Prime users.

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Amazon Now Lets You Give Prime As A Gift

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Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon has launched a new feature that allows users to give Amazon Prime as a gift.  Amazon Prime costs $79 for a one-year membership.  Recipients will receive an e-mail on the day that the giver’s choose with instructions on how to set up the gift.  Amazon Prime includes unlimited streaming of Prime Instant Video, one Kindle Book each month from the Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle First, and two-day shipping.

[Source: Amazon PR]

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