Amazon today announced its new lossless music streaming service dubbed Amazon Music HD. The company will allow users to stream or download and listen to lossless music with this new service.
Amazon was rumored to be working on a lossless streaming music service for quite some time that would take on the likes of Tidal.
Amazon Music HD has a library of over 50 million songs in High Definition i.e. CD-quality songs with 44.1 kHz sample rate. It also has millions of Ultra HD songs which have a 24-bit sample rate and sample rate of 44.1 kHz to 192kHz.
Amazon Music is not as big a music streaming service as Apple Music or Spotify. Yet, it is estimated to have around 30 million+ subscribers. While Amazon Music HD is unlikely to get the company to win a hoard of new subscribers, it will definitely help create more brand awareness about the service.
Amazon is offering a 90-day trial of the service after which it will charge subscribers $14.99/month. Amazon Prime users can enjoy the service at a slightly discounted price of $12.99/month. The family plan is priced at $19.99/month. Amazon Music HD’s direct competitor is Tidal’s Hi-Fi plan which costs $19.99/monthly.
Until and unless you have a premium DAC or a phone with an impressive DAC, you won’t be able to enjoy the superior sound quality offered by Amazon Music HD. All LG flagship smartphones launched in the last few years pack an impressive DAC which can help one enjoy the superior sound quality offered by Amazon Music HD. Similarly, you will also need a premium pair of earphones to be able to enjoy the higher quality music.
Amazon Music HD will offer Hi-Fi audio playback on iOS and Android devices, desktop, select Echo devices, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and third-party devices from Denon, Sonos, Sennheiser, and more. For now, Amazon Music HD is only available in the United States, UK, Germany, and Japan.
Will you subscribe to Amazon Music HD to enjoy the higher music quality offered by it? Or are you happy with the streaming quality of Apple Music or Spotify?