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Amazon Music rolls out a lossless streaming tier that Spotify and Apple can’t match

The Verge Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Amazon Music rolls out a lossless streaming tier that Spotify and Apple can’t matchIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Amazon is launching a new tier of its music service today, dubbed Amazon Music HD. It offers lossless versions of audio files for streaming or downloading at a price that aggressively undercuts Tidal, the main competition for this kind of audio. Amazon will charge $14.99 a month for the HD tier, or $12.99 if you’re an Amazon Prime customer. Tidal’s Hi-Fi plan costs $19.99 monthly. The new plan was rumored a few months ago.

Amazon says it has a catalog of over 50 million songs that it calls “High Definition,” which is the term it’s applying to songs with CD-quality bit depth of 16 bits and a 44.1kHz sample rate. It also has “millions” (read: less than 10 million, more than one million) of songs it’s calling “Ultra HD,” which translates...
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Amazon Adds HD Music Tier to Streaming Service. Amazon recently announced the launch of Amazon Music HD, the latest add-on to their popular music streaming service. The new tier offers lossless versions of audio files for both streaming and downloading at just $14.99 a month. . That is significantly...

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