Amazon.com Inc. plans a free, advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of offering video only to members of its $99-a-year Prime service, according to people familiar with the matter.
Taking on Hulu and Spotify? This just got interesting.
Please Spotify, tell me more about this band The Starting Line.
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It doesn’t matter if you start a room with some nearby cubicle mates or with friends scattered across the globe: what you begin to realize — almost instantly — is that taking turns playing music with friends is a kind of communication. One song leads to another. Music, enjoyable in and of itself, becomes a sort of shorthand when played among people who have shared memories attached to it. Someone plays a song that was popular when you were college, then another friend plays another song from that same period and — just like that — you’ve traveled back in time. It’s like you’re all sharing in the same inside joke.
What Sam Grobart at the Times is getting at is entirely true. It’s a shame the two music listening services launched around the same time, because while Spotify had the benefit of international hype, Turntable.fm is a revolutionary tool.
Didn’t know the part about Netflix. That could be huge.