Amazon has launched a premium high-definition music streaming service as it tries to differentiate itself in a competitive landscape dominated by Spotify and Apple.

The service, which Amazon says will deliver songs to smartphones at CD-quality sound or better, is priced at $13 a month for members of Amazon’s prime shipping programme, and $15 a month for others. This is $5 a month more than the price of Amazon Music, its standard music streaming service.

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