Sep 17, 2019

Amazon launches HD music streaming

AFP Amazon Music has become the first of the "Big three" streaming services to offer music in CD-quality audio. Until now, Amazon, like its main rivals Apple and Spotify, only streamed music in compressed formats like MP3 and AAC. Some smaller services like Tidal, Deezer and Qobuz already offer lossless, high-fidelity streaming. All three of the major record labels have signed up, with music by Fleetwood Mac, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran now available in Ultra HD. The big question, according to Chris Cooke of Complete Music Update, is whether "Amazon can take what has traditionally been a niche product and make it more mainstream". Notably, the launch of Amazon Music's HD service comes a week before the company unveils its latest range of hardware, which is expected to include a new model of its Echo speaker. Amazon Music HD subscribers can stream "Millions more" songs in Ultra HD, with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz.

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