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Amazon Launches Music HD Streaming for Higher Quality Audio

Both 'HD' and 'Ultra HD' audio quality levels will be available to users.

Amazon Launches Music HD Streaming for Higher Quality Audio

Amazon Launches Music HD Streaming for Higher Quality Audio

Amazon has officially launched Amazon Music HD, a new music streaming service tier which promises lossless audio quality through HD and Ultra HD quality levels. 

Before now, Amazon offered similar levels of audio quality to its competitors, but with Music HD, users will be able to stream audio with CD-level quality, or better in the case of Ultra HD tracks. Amazon Music HD will cost £5 more than Amazon Music, with the service costing £12.99 for Prime Members and £14.99 to non-Prime members. A family plan for the service is also available for £19.99. 

This service is for those who enjoy the accessibility of music streaming but dislike the quality dips associated with compressed files. Amazon Music HD plans to address this balance with higher quality audio files, though this comes at a greater financial cost. 

Until November 7th,  Amazon users will be able to redeem a free 90-day subscription to Apple Music HD. This will allow prospective users to try out the service and judge the quality of Amazon's HD audio streams for themselves. After this 90-day trial ends, users of the service will be billed as normal. 

Amazon is raising the bar with its Music HD service, giving themselves a clear advantage over rival services like Apple Music and Spotify. I wonder how long it will take for their competitors to offer their own HD audio services. 
  

Amazon Launches Music HD Streaming for Higher Quality Audio  
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18-09-2019, 10:58:43

NeverBackDown
Nobody calls it "HD". It's Hi-Fi for audio. That drives me crazy.

Wouldn't use it it's expensive. I will stick to Tidal. They already offer the highest quality Master tracksQuote

18-09-2019, 14:33:11

jnemesh
Amazon is actually referring to high-res audio as "UHD" which...makes me cringe too. BUT, Tidal only has about 7,000 high-res (better than CD quality) tracks available, while Amazon is touting over 1 million. Bit more to offer! Now, I will say that the UI through my BluOS device is a bit of a trainwreck on Amazon...but the sound quality is there, it's cheaper, and it has a larger library. So I will most likely kill my Tidal subscription and stick with Amazon.Quote

18-09-2019, 14:35:57

Dawelio
The use of ”HD” is for more common terms, as like myself, didn’t know it was ”Hi-Fi” for audio, untill you wrote it...Quote

18-09-2019, 15:39:18

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by jnemesh View Post
Amazon is actually referring to high-res audio as "UHD" which...makes me cringe too. BUT, Tidal only has about 7,000 high-res (better than CD quality) tracks available, while Amazon is touting over 1 million. Bit more to offer! Now, I will say that the UI through my BluOS device is a bit of a trainwreck on Amazon...but the sound quality is there, it's cheaper, and it has a larger library. So I will most likely kill my Tidal subscription and stick with Amazon.
Amazon in my experience still offers lower bitrats even if the source is good. Just sounds awful. Plus looking at the store there is no current way yet to get "HD" audio and no way to tell if it is actually a Master quality track or a compressed file.

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Originally Posted by Dawelio View Post
The use of ”HD” is for more common terms, as like myself, didn’t know it was ”Hi-Fi” for audio, untill you wrote it...
It's not more common. In audio, it's always referred to as Hi-Fi and has been for decades.Quote

18-09-2019, 16:52:18

jnemesh
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Amazon in my experience still offers lower bitrats even if the source is good. Just sounds awful. Plus looking at the store there is no current way yet to get "HD" audio and no way to tell if it is actually a Master quality track or a compressed file.
Yes, there IS, when I play it back on my Bluesound Node 2i, there is an icon that specifies the quality. Most tracks are "CD" but if it's high res, it's noted. And you can playback in HD quality from any BluOS device or through the desktop app.

It's not more common. In audio, it's always referred to as Hi-Fi and has been for decades.

In audio, there is not any standard for naming. High-Resolution, Hi-Res, HiFi, HD...all are used, and all are acceptable. Hifi just means "high fidelity" and doesn't equate to any specific bitrate or resolution.

I would avoid stating your OPINIONS as fact. You are, in fact, wrong, and the way you worded your response makes you sound like an ass. Just a friendly tip.Quote
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