AMAZON LAUNCHES MUSIC HD STREAMING SERVICE

Amazon Music just launched a new lossless streaming tier called Amazon Music HD dedicated to delivering a higher quality streaming experience.

The tier provides access to than 50 million songs in “High Definition” CD quality with a bit depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of 44.1kHz plus “millions” of songs in “Ultra HD” with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz.

Current Amazon Music subscribers can try Amazon Music HD at no additional cost for 90 days and Amazon is offering a free 90-day trial to new subscribers.

The cost to subscribe to Amazon Music HD is $12.99/month for Prime members, $14.99/month for Amazon customers, or an additional $5/month for those who already subscribe to Amazon Music’s Individual or Family Plan.

Amazon said its new streaming tier will play the highest quality audio the listener’s device and network conditions will support, and is compatible with a variety of devices, including desktop, mobile (iOS & Android), select Echo devices, Fire TV, and Fire Tablets. The streaming service is also compatible with many third-party devices, including most products from Denon and Marantz with HEOS Built-in, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Sonos, McIntosh, Sennheiser, and others.

Pledging to “always offer customers the best quality recording available for streaming,” Amazon singled out iconic albums such as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue as exemplary examples of hi-res recordings along with songs like Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and St. Vincent’s “Digital Witness,” both “now available uncompressed in Ultra HD quality, revealing nuances that were once flattened in files compressed for digital streaming.”

Amazon’s press announcement quoted longtime hi-res music supporter and rock icon Neil Young as saying, “Earth will be changed forever when Amazon introduces high-quality streaming to the masses. This will be the biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”

Visit amazon.com for more information on Amazon Music HD.

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