Amazon Music Matching Apple by Offering Hi-Fi Tier at No Extra Cost

Moments before Apple announced that it will begin offering Spatial Audio and Lossless audio streaming for Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost, Amazon Music announced that it will also offer its subscribers HiFi quality streaming for free, Billboard reports.

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From the report:

Amazon's high-fidelity streaming service, Amazon Music HD, is now available to Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no extra cost, the company tells Billboard. Amazon Music HD previously cost $14.99 a month ($12.99 for Prime members) while Amazon Music Unlimited, its most popular service option, is $9.99 a month ($7.99 for Prime members).

Apple says that lossless audio and Spatial Audio using Dolby Atmos will be available starting in June at no additional cost to users. Apple says that "thousands of tracks" will support both features at launch but promises that more songs will be added "regularly".

Spotify, one of the largest music streaming providers, has promised that users will have Hifi options this year but has yet to provide a specific launch date.

Top Rated Comments

contacos Avatar
5 weeks ago
Just shows what a good value competition is
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sentinels1121 Avatar
5 weeks ago
People use Amazon Music?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleUser2 Avatar
5 weeks ago

People use Amazon Music?
Yep - it's pretty good and lots of different price options.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brofkand Avatar
5 weeks ago
I don't think any of these services are actually turning a profit. The HiFi tier was there not to cover additional costs (there aren't really any extra costs - they were already storing high-res files in their server farms and bandwith costs are a rounding error for these companies), the HiFi tiers were simply to help bump up ARPU. Race to the bottom. When will the first service drop the price from the standard $9.99 a month?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Serban55 Avatar
5 weeks ago
these copy-cats ...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bobenhaus Avatar
5 weeks ago

People use Amazon Music?
Amazon Prime has 175m subscribers and that is the just the Amazon prime version.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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