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Amazon HD music streaming now free for Music Unlimited users

18 May 2021 0

Amazon has announced that its HD music streaming app is now free for all Music Unlimited subscribers. The announcement has just come at the time when Apple Music revealed its own lossless and Spatial Audio support. It is a significant move that could possibly alter the way HD subscription tiers are priced in the future.

It was in 2019 when Amazon Music HD debuted in select countries around the world. It was initially released as a separate subscription tier for a price of $14.99 per month. It was quite expensive than the standard subscription tier but going forward, this will not be the case. It will be available bundled with the standard $9.99 monthly plan and it is even cheaper at $7.99 per month for Prime membership users.

Amazon Music HD currently has over 70 million lossless songs and about 7 million Ultra HD songs. For the uninitiated, Ultra HD quality supports songs streaming at up to 3730 kbps. This is 10 times the bitrate of standard streaming services. It should be noted that you will not be able to enjoy the high-quality audio natively from your traditional devices. You will need to have dedicated hardware equipment including Amazon's Echo Studio speakers.

Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music said,

“When we first launched Amazon Music HD, our goal was to lead the industry by enabling music fans around the world to stream the best quality recording, the way artists intended their music to be heard. We’re thrilled now to make Amazon Music HD available to everyone at no extra cost. All music fans should have access to this quality of music, and now they do!”


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