Amazon already has their own music streaming service for customers whether you’re a Prime member or not but they didn’t have the high-quality music streaming service that Spotify offers. The company has announced an upgraded version of its music streaming service dubbed Amazon Music HD with over 50 million songs in high definition.
The plans start at US$12.99 for Prime members and US$14.99 for Amazon customers, or if you already have an individual/ family account, you’ll be paying US$5 more. Amazon Music HD will offer lossless HD songs with a bit depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of 44.1kHz, or CD quality, but will also have Ultra HD music with a bit of depth 24 bits and a sample rate of up to 192kHz.
We spoke with many artists while developing Amazon Music HD, who were excited about the potential for fans to be able to stream their favorite music, and hear it as it was originally recorded. From rock to hip-hop to classical and pop, we believe listening to music at this level of sound will make customers fall in love again with their favorite music and artists. As we usher in a new listening experience for our customers and the industry, we’re combining the convenience of streaming with all of the emotion, power, clarity and nuance of the original recordings. — Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music
Amazon will play music at the highest quality audio the customer’s devices and network connections will support. This will include Android/iOS devices, select Echo devices, Fire TV, and Fire Tablets.
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