June has been a good month for people who like to listen to music online. Both online retailer Amazon and mobile carrier T-Mobile gave their subscribers a limitless gift of music. Those people saw their online music collections and choices expand dramatically.
Amazon Prime members now have unlimited free access to an on demand library of more than 1 million tracks.
Listeners can stream tracks on demand or download and add them to their own collections of purchased music. The service is ad-free.
Prime Music also offers a large collection of curated playlists, which are organized by genre, decade or mood.
The new music offer takes away much of the sting of Amazon‘s recent Prime subscription price hike, which went from $79 to $99 a year. Prime membership includes free streaming of a large selection of movies and TV series, access to the Kindle ebook lending library and free shipping on Amazon orders.
T-Mobile Simple Choice customers can now stream unlimited music on their phones without incurring any extra data charges with the new T-Mobile Music Free program. Time spent listening to music doesn't count toward the subscriber’s data usage. There are no data caps either, meaning that the service won’t slow down or stop once a limit is reached.
The offer works with several of the top streaming services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Slacker, Spotify and Milk Music, with more to come.
There‘s yet another chapter in the reinvention of the life and career of William Shatner.
This week, the former “Star Trek” actor launched a new Web series. “Brown Bag Wine Tasting” combines the talk show format with a wine tasting. Mr. Shatner’s guests are given a blind taste test, and then asked to describe the wine in terms of their occupations.
In the first episode, Food Network chef Alton Brown describes a white wine using cooking terminology and cooks biscuits for Mr. Shatner. Their conversation is unpredictable and entertaining.
“Brown Bag Wine Tasting” is the first of a series of ventures planned for Mr. Shatner on Ora.tv, which also presents Web series hosted by Larry King and Jesse Ventura.
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