Amazon Music becomes first music streaming service to offer a high-def tier
Amazon Music will expand its streaming platform with the addition of a new high-definition tier aptly titled Amazon Music HD. Amazon Music HD is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan and costs $12.99 a month for Amazon Prime members and $14.99 for non-members. Present Amazon Music subscribers can upgrade to the HD tier for $5 more per month for a limited time. Meanwhile, music lovers without an existent subscription can try the freshly rolled out feature free for 90 days.
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…we’re combining the convenience of streaming with all of the emotion, power, clarity, and nuance of the original recordings.–Steve Boom, Vice President, Apple Music
Amazon Music HD offers streamers access to 50 million songs at 16-bit quality, which is CD caliber. The service also has a stock of tracks at 24-bit quality with a sample rate of up to 192 kHz, or as Amazon calls it, “Ultra HD.” With the launch of Amazon Music HD, Amazon has become one of just two major music streaming services to market a high-definition tier, alongside TIDAL’s launch of its HiFi premium service.