Before the announcement that Apple Music has made a few hours ago regarding its offer in lossless content and Hi-Fi, Amazon has responded quickly. Its novelty is that will stop charging an additional fee for high-quality content offered on Amazon Music HD.
From now on, lossless audio will be available to all Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no additional cost.
Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can now upgrade to Amazon Music HD at no additional cost in Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France and Italy.
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Amazon is the first to offer high-quality audio at no additional cost
This makes Amazon the first company in the industry to offer "lossless" music, within the standard subscription fee of $ 9.99. Remember that Amazon Music Unlimited is cheaper for Prime customers ($ 7.99 per month). Now, high-quality content will also now be available to customers who pay that price.
Remember BillBoard, one of the first media to make this announcement public, that family plans are eligible for Amazon Music HD at no extra cost. Before, the price of a lossless music subscription was $ 19.99; that's what Tidal continues to charge.
What makes this change possible? As Billboard points out, now that all the music streaming giants are betting on lossless audio, record labels are more concerned with increasing the number of subscribers to these services than getting high subscription premiums.
In its press release, Amazon recalls that with its Music HD service that it now offers at no additional cost, customers can stream over 70 million lossless high definition (HD) songs, with a bit depth of 16 bits and a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz (ie CD quality).
In addition, customers they can also stream more than 7 million songs in Ultra HD (better than CD quality), with a 24-bit bit depth and a sample rate of up to 192 kHz. Now, although the service will be free of charge, we find that one of its biggest competitors, Apple Music, will offer 75 million songs in the highest quality (24 bits / 192 kHz) by the end of the year. In June, 20 million songs will be offered. An important difference, if we see the announcement of Apple Music this morning.
Amazon Music HD has added more than 5 million songs to its Ultra HD catalog since its launch in 2019, providing customers with the largest selection of music in Ultra HD. With Amazon Music HD, customers also have access to a catalog of remixed songs in 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360RA. Music in 360RA can also be streamed via Amazon Music HD on Sony RA5000 and RA3000 speakers.
Strong competition, reinforced in recent months
Last February, another music giant, Spotify announced that it was working on its new subscription option for users: Spotify HiFi, for Premium subscribers. It is striking that Since 2017 it had been rumored that the platform had plans to bet on this market but it was necessary to wait until 2021. It's Spotify Hi-Fi. Although it took time, it can be said that their service is attractive.
Tidal offers high-quality audio since it was launched in 2015 at a higher price than the rest of its subscription services. We must remember that the HiFi quality of Tidal, its great strength in this market, offers music up to the same quality that we have on CDs, that is, at 44.1 kHz, 16 bits and 1411 kbps bitrate, about four times that of the highest in the Spotify of all the traditional life.
Another of the giants, Apple Music announced this morning its HiFi option. The company has announced it ensuring that from this Monday subscribers to your service have "industry leading sound quality" thanks to the arrival of Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos.