Recode Daily: Amazon breaks the $10-a-month barrier with two of its new music services


$8 a month for Prime members, and a $4-a-month service for Echo owners.

Amazon is making its long-expected entry into the subscription music market with a trio of offerings, two of which undercut the competition. Amazon is selling an industry-standard, ad-free, on-demand service for $10 a month, but there’s an $8-a-month version for Amazon Prime members and a $4-a-month version that works only on Amazon’s line of Echo speakers. — [Recode]

The Galaxy Note 7 is dead and Samsung is sending out fireproof coffins for returns, but questions will remain after the smoke clears — like which rivals stand to gain the most, how best to monitor supply chain quality and what must the company do to regain trust. Samsung said this morning that killing the phone will cost it at least $2.3 billion. — [New York Times]

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a long-running patent fight between Apple and Samsung, and the justices seemed to struggle with key questions about product design versus function and how design patents should be valued. Here’s the transcript. — [Forbes]

The FCC has hit Comcast with a $2.3 million fine — the largest ever levied on a cable operator — in a settlement over charges that the company billed customers for services that they didn’t specifically decline or cancel. — [The Verge]

Here’s a deep dive into the transformation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from a hero of progressives and digital activists to an isolated and mercurial ally of Donald Trump. — [Bloomberg]

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, actor and director Jon Favreau talks about his interest in creating compelling entertainment in virtual reality: “There’s a whole sense of using this new technology to create illusions that make storytelling more impactful.” — [Recode]

Top Stories From Recode

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are building out a tech team to help them give away billions

The first hire is a CTO: Amazon search VP Brian Pinkerton.

YouTube buys FameBit, a startup that connects YouTube stars with advertisers

Remember Twitter+Niche? This is like that.

Twitter isn’t hosting its annual developers conference, Flight, this year

The company will focus on smaller regional events instead.

Intel is launching its own drone, designed for industrial jobs

Intel isn’t only making components anymore.

Full transcript: ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ co-host Aminatou Sow on Recode Media

“Venture capital is basically welfare for white people, so they’ll build anything.”

Who needs grandkids? This robot dog wants to be the new companion for the elderly.

It barks, but you can also hear its internal mechanics.

The presidential debates on Twitter are bigger than the NFL on Twitter

369,000 people tuned in on Sunday.

Sprint is giving away a million devices — and wireless service — to U.S. high school students

CEO Marcelo Claure is looking to close the “homework gap.”

Dan Primack is departing Fortune’s ‘Term Sheet’ for a new content startup from the Politico founders

The high-profile columnist has been the go-to blog for VC news and insights.

This Is Cool

Here’s the Season Three trailer for “Black Mirror”

Netflix’s techno-“Twilight Zone” returns on October 21.

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