Amazon Joins The HD Music Streaming Wars

Joey Santos
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Last updated 18 September, 2020

TIDAL isn’t the only high definition streaming service in town anymore – Amazon just announced Amazon Music HD, a subscription music streaming service that lets you listen to over 50 million songs in CD quality sound (44.1kHz / 16-bit), along with millions more in what it calls “Ultra HD” (192kHz / 24-bit) which is supposed to sound better than CD quality.

Plans start at US$12.99/month for Amazon Prime members, and if you’re already subscribed to Amazon Music, it’s just an additional US$5/month. To compare, TIDAL also has a high-definition streaming subscription plan called TIDAL HiFi which comes in at $19.99/month.

While Amazon Music isn’t available as a streaming option in DJ software just yet, it’s not far-fetched to think that at some point in the future a DJ app might have some kind of integration with it, considering how massive Amazon is as an online store (though not as a music streaming provider, it being considered simply as an alternative to more mainstream choices like Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL).

Of course this is all conjecture at this point – what’s cool is that as HD music streaming is becoming more and more feasible, low-quality streams may be a thing of the past and all of us DJs and music lovers stand to benefit from it.

Check out the promo video below.

Promo Video–7n9hIjbw

• Amazon Music HD is available now from US$12.99/month in select countries. Check the Amazon Music site for more details.

What music streaming services do you subscribe to? Would you sign up for an HD streaming plan? Why or why not? Let us know below.

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