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Amazon Prime price increase confirmed

Amazon Prime price increase confirmed

Amazon is raising the price of Amazon Prime to $99 per year, with the subscription based package for unlimited two-day shipping of purchases along with streaming video access to Prime Instant Video jumping $20 from its original price. The change, which Amazon had signaled might be in the pipeline during its last financial results call, will affect both new and existing members, with the latter seeing the new price apply when their Prime renews. Amazon Student members will also see a price increase.

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Amazon Prime music streaming to limit playback

Amazon Prime music streaming to limit playback

Amazon's rumored music streaming service could end up limiting how much each Prime subscriber could listen to each track, forcing them to cough up and buy the MP3 if they want further access, insiders claim. The streaming - believed to be Amazon's next addition to its Prime subscription service, which could increase in price from its current $79 per year to as much as $119, the online retailer has warned - would be curtailed after either a set number of plays or a period of time, it's suggested, in an attempt to appease content music-rights holders.

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Amazon music streaming talks teased for Prime

Amazon music streaming talks teased for Prime

Amazon is in talks with major record labels around bundling music alongside movies and TV shows to Amazon Prime subscribers, it's reported, though aggressive negotiations are said to be stymieing the likelihood of any immediate deal. The online retail behemoth already bundles Amazon Prime Instant Video access for those paying $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping on their orders, but has supposedly been in talks for several months about including Spotify and iTunes Radio style streaming too.

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Netflix Drone 2 Home spoofs Amazon PrimeAir with DVD snark

Netflix Drone 2 Home spoofs Amazon PrimeAir with DVD snark

Amazon's PrimeAir drone delivery concept has received its fair share of scorn, but Netflix has waited until now to weigh in with a little snark of its own. The company commissioned a spoof promo reel for "Netflix Drone 2 Home" to show at its annual meeting for the DVD team, starting out usefully dropping DVD rentals into your lap after they're added to your queue, but as you might expect, things don't go entirely smoothly.

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Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon's widely-anticipated set-top box and what could be a refreshed Apple TV have been tipped for a spring launch according to a leaked Best Buy document, amid speculation of a sizable push by electronics firms to cater to cord-cutters. The planogram, said to be for Best Buy's May shelf reset and passed to Zatz Not Funny!, compares the new Amazon streamer with Google's Chromecast, along with what appears to be an updated Apple TV.

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Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon's much-rumored set-top box, which would challenge Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast among others, is targeting a March launch, new rumors suggest, after the retailer ditched plans to have the media streamer on its virtual shelves in time for the 2013 holidays. The box - believed at different times to be codenamed "Cinnamon" and potentially launch under the brand name "Firetube" - would leverage Amazon's existing Prime on-demand media catalog, and more.

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