While Apple won’t start streaming high-quality lossless audio until June, Amazon’s hi-fi catalog is immediately available to subscribers. In addition, Amazon undercuts others music streaming service competitors in terms of price. It only costs $ 7.99 per month if you’re an Amazon Prime member ($ 9.99 if not). Apple Music also charges $ 9.99, but other services such as Deezer and Tidal charge a whopping $ 19.99 for their hi-fi subscriptions. A Spotify HiFi subscription is also in the works for later this year, although details aren’t clear on what it will cost, or whether Spotify will follow like Amazon and Apple.
Steve Boom, VP Amazon Music, stated, “It’s something we’ve all wanted to do for a long time. When we launched, we already made a breakthrough by hiring a service that had cost $ 19.99 – and really only for the audiophile at that price – and cutting it down to something much more mass-marketed at $ 14.99.
Currently, Amazon Music HD has more than 70 million CD-quality lossless songs available in its 16-bit HD catalog (44.1 kHz) and more than 7 million 24-bit Ultra-HD songs (48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz). Current subscribers in the United States, Canada, UK, Spain, France, Italy, and Germany can now upgrade their individual and family plans, although student plans are excluded.
And with hi-fi tunes mixed in Amazon Music Unlimited, users will now see at least $ 5 off their future bills. If you’re an audiophile and a current Amazon Prime customer, now might be the perfect time to sign up for the service.