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Amazon’s HD Music Streaming Service Is Created To Be Better Than Spotify
By Thanussha Priyah, 18 Sep 2019
Image via Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock.com
Amazon has joined the lineup of music streaming services and it’s now going head-to-head with Tidal, Spotify and more. Named Amazon Music HD, its upper hand is apparently its high-resolution audio quality.
As part of Amazon Music Unlimited, the new streaming plan will cost from US$12.99 a month and offer over 50 million tracks in both CD or 24-bit quality. Desktop users can listen to music in high resolution simply by downloading Amazon’s software.
This is a level up from Tidal’s MQA format, which does not require a specific decoder to listen in high resolution.
It also differs from competitors like Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play Music, which can only play compressed files. Amazon is now a rarity in providing users high-quality FLAC streams.
The service has found an interested subscriber in musician Neil Young, who introduced a high-resolution Pono player to the market a few years ago. He is now looking forward to Amazon’s take on lossless audio.
Young expressed that, “earth will be changed forever” when Amazon brings this high-quality streaming service “to the masses.”
He even added that this was going to be the “biggest thing to happen in music” since the start of “digital audio 40 years ago.”
Whether Young is true or over-hyping the service, it can only be judged by the users themselves. The service starting from US$12.99 a month is available for Prime members, while a subscription of US$14.99 a month is made available to regular Amazon customers.
There is also an additional US$5 monthly option for current subscribers. The memberships will start at US$7.99 a month but will not be available in Australia as of yet.
Amazon is now offering 90-day free trials of Music HD including Family memberships.
[via CNET, images via Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock.com]
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