Amazon 'changes Earth forever' with its new HD music streaming service

17 Septembre, 2019, 22:25 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Amazon Music adds lossless streaming tier to its service

The standard version of Amazon's music streaming service costs $9.99, and $7.99 for Prime subscribers. Amazon Music HD is available now in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan for $14.99 per month, or $12.99 a month for Amazon Prime subscribers, and current Amazon Music users can upgrade for an additional $5/month. Both of the newly shared tracks were recorded on August 23 at Muscle Shoals, AL's legendary FAME Studios.

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Don't worry, this option isn't actually called Amazon Music Unlimited Premium, but rather Amazon Music HD, granting unlimited, ad-free access to "more than" 50 million songs in High Definition and "millions" of songs in Ultra High Definition.

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Amazon says its lossless HD tracks, which number more than 50 million, have a CD-quality bit depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of 44.1kHz. The company says its streaming service will automatically play the highest quality audio supported by the user's device and network conditions. It also ramps up competition against Spotify and Apple Music, neither of which offer a comparable tier.

Boom also revealed that Amazon consulted with musicians when created Amazon Music HD, including rock icon Neil Young - and Young believes that it will be the "biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago". "Just like streaming moved from early-adopter music fans to now, where it's ubiquitous". A bold turn of phrase, veering towards the hyperbolic. Beyond that, there are "millions more" songs that are eligible for "Ultra HD" streaming, which translates to 24 bit depth and sample rates that top out at 192kHz. In comparison, Tidal's "Master Quality" sound is 24 bits/96 kHz.

It's understood that Amazon has not partnered with MQA for its own HD tier. A family license is $19.99, compared to $29.99 for Tidal Family HiFi, while Spotify and Apple Music don't have a lossless service tier yet.

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