Apple Music faces fresh competition from Amazon’s new free option

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The Amazon Echo.
Your Amazon Echo can serenade you without a subscription, if you’re willing to endure ads.
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Amazon just launched a free streaming music service for its smart speakers. This is further competition for Apple Music and Spotify, who are battling it out in the paid music subscription business.

This service could bring additional pressure for a free Apple Music option.

Drake’s new album shatters every Apple Music record

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Apple Music charts
ChampagnePapi is the king of Apple Music.
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Drake’s new album Scorpion may not have been well received by all his fans, but that hasn’t stopped it from destroying pretty much every record on Apple Music.

Scorption launched last Friday and quickly became the fastest growing album ever on Apple Music’s chart. Its rise was so meteoric that it became the number one album in 92 different countries almost instantaneously. And Apple didn’t even spam promotions for it like Spotify did.

Apple Music might be about to get a big price drop

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Apple could cut $2 off its regular monthly subscription cost.
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Forget $9.99 per month — Apple might slash the price of Apple Music subscriptions to better compete with streaming music rivals, most notably Amazon.

According to a new report, Apple could drop monthly subscription prices by as much as 20 percent. The Apple Music price drop would mean a regular subscription would cost users around $7.99 per month, while a family package would go for $12.99.