Amazon’s New Music Service Sparks Instant Backlash

Amazon announced a new music streaming service on Tuesday that has already angered parts of the music industry and may spark a legal battle. The service, called Amazon’s Cloud Drive, allows users to play music directly from a web browser or on phones with Android software by using a “music locker.” Users can store music files on the company’s web servers, the “lockers,” rather than on personal hard drives. A spokeswoman for Sony Music, however, said that the company launched Cloud Drive without acquiring new licenses for music streaming. “I’ve never seen a company of their size make an announcement, launch a service and simultaneously say they’re trying to get licenses,” an executive said. Shares of Amazon went up 2.6 percent after it announced the new Cloud Drive.

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