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Amazon Prime Music Gets Ready for International Expansion

Amazon is seemingly getting ready to expand Prime Music’s reach with an international expansion: The company is looking to launch its music subscription service to Germany, according to a report from local technology news website heise.de.

Some German users have been able to already access Prime Music through Amazon’s music app for mobile devices, according to the report. Screenshots show that Amazon is promising German users access to more than one million songs, which would mean that the service will launch with about the same catalog size as in the U.S.

Amazon is offering Prime Music as an added benefit for Prime members, who in the U.S. pay $100 per year for free shipping, access to the company’s video subscription service and other benefits. Prime Music originally launched in the U.S. in 2014, but expanded to the U.K. in July.

With its comparably small catalog, Prime Music is positioning itself somewhere between free music services like Pandora and premium paid services like Spotify and Apple Music. Prime Music is coming without any ads, which sets it apart from both Pandora and Spotify’s free tier. The service is also closely tied in with Amazon’s device ecosystem, including its Fire tablet, the Fire TV streaming devices and Amazon’s Echo loudspeaker and personal assistant.

Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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