West Music, a major American digital music service that focuses on the West, announced on Monday that it has been acquired by Amazon for $3.6 billion.

This marks the first time in history that Amazon has been able to acquire a music service from outside the United States.

The acquisition is expected to create a new era of international music sharing, with the music services now able to stream music from countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, India, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and many other countries, according to The Verge.

The deal will be announced in a press release later on Tuesday. 

The acquisition was announced after a lengthy period of negotiation.

West Music was founded in 2006 by former Disney music chief Rick Rubin, and is the first digital music company to be acquired by a major music company.

The move to acquire West Music comes as a major blow to music streaming services, as they continue to struggle to attract consumers in the West.

Spotify has struggled to grow in popularity outside of the United Nations and the United Arab Emirates, and Apple Music, which also was founded by Rubin, has seen declining subscriber numbers and streaming revenue. 

In an effort to expand their international reach, Spotify is partnering with major international companies like Warner Music, Warner Music Group, Universal Music, and Disney.

Spotify also recently launched a new product called Music Pass, which will let users purchase albums and tracks from Apple Music or Spotify, respectively, in the U.S. and Canada, without a single other party. 

On Monday, Spotify said that it would expand its global subscription service, which currently allows users to pay $10 per month for unlimited streaming of artists, albums, and tracks.

Spotify will also offer a new app called Music Sync, which is an online version of Spotify’s own Music Pass service. 

According to Spotify, the deal will help the company reach millions of music fans who have been waiting for a reliable, international music service.

“As our music ecosystem continues to grow, we’re proud to partner with a global leader in music, offering fans a streamlined way to discover, stream, purchase, and consume music, as well as an innovative way to pay for it,” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement. 

West Music is one of the top digital music services in the world, with more than 3 million subscribers in the United states.

The company offers more than 1.4 billion songs, with over 50 million paid users.

Spotify is also home to a number of other major music services, including Deezer, Beats Music, Rdio, and Tidal.

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