Set to reside inside the present Amazon Music Unlimited app, obtainable for iOS, Android, the online and Amazon’s Fire and Echo units, Music HD is rolling out starting at present within the US, UK, Germany and Japan. Here within the States, the streaming service will price $12.99 per month for Amazon Prime members, or $14.99 for normal prospects. If you are one of many “tens of millions” already paying for Music Unlimited, which means you solely must shell out $5 extra per month for the brand new hi-res, lossless audio subscription. And, for individuals who have not paid for its music-streaming service but, Amazon is providing new subscribers a free 90-day trial to Music HD.
Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, advised Engadget that the corporate needed to launch Music HD as a result of although streaming providers give folks entry to tens of millions of songs on demand, they are not listening these tunes because it was meant. “We’re not listening to music the way in which the artist information it within the studio,” he mentioned. “It means you’re missing out on highs of music, lows of music, the details in the music.” He added that Amazon has spent a whole lot of time speaking to customers and artists, who each agree they need a greater, larger high quality listening expertise.
At the identical time, Boom is aware of the viewers for hi-res audio streaming could also be area of interest, however he believes that does not must be the case. That’s why Amazon needed to cost Music HD competitively, he mentioned, noting that the corporate will make a serious push to attempt to promote folks on its new service. At $12.99 for Prime prospects, Music HD is $7 cheaper than related premium choices like Tidal HiFi, which is $19.99 per month. Boom additionally mentioned Amazon plans to increase outdoors the US, UK, Germany and Japan ultimately, however proper now it simply needed to concentrate on its greatest music markets. “Wherever the buyer demand is, we’ll go meet it,” he mentioned.