Apple and Amazon both announced on Monday that they are offering millions of perfect-quality songs to subscribers at no additional cost.
The two music streaming platforms will not charge users more for “lossless songs” that sound exactly the same as when they were recorded in the studio.
Apple Music will add some 20 million “ lossless ” tracks in June, the company said on Monday, of which 75 million will be available by the end of the year.
At the same time, Amazon announced that it will no longer charge additional fees for its lossless quality Amazon Music HD service.
Subscribers to either service can stream lossless music for just $ 9.99, the same price as a standard Spotify account.
Spotify continues to catch up with high-definition audio: its level of lossless streaming, HiFi, won’t debut until later this year, and then only in “ certain markets. ”
Following the announcements from Amazon and Apple, Spotify stock fell nearly 3% this morning before rebounding to previous levels.
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Starting in June, Apple Music will offer subscribers CD-quality lossless audio at no additional cost. Apple promises 75 million lossless songs by year-end
In a statement, Apple said Apple Music’s lossless level will start at CD quality, which is 16-bit at 44.1kHz, and move to 24-bit at 48kHz.
High-resolution lossless quality is also available at 24-bit at 192kHz, but subscribers will need a digital-to-analog converter or other external component to experience it, depending on The edge.
Additionally, Apple Music purchases will not be available in lossless quality and subscribers will not be able to upgrade owned tracks to lossless audio with the paid iTunes Match service.
To access lossless audio on Apple Music, subscribers need to load the most recent version of the app and go to the “Settings” tab and select “Music”, then “Audio Quality”.
Apple also unveiled Spatial Audio, immersive, multidimensional sound that makes songs appear “from everywhere and from above”. Available titles, including versions of J Balvin and Ariana Grande, will be branded with a badge
You can then select a resolution for WiFi or cellular connection, or download the direction of the song.
Apple also today unveiled Spatial Audio, which uses Dolby Atmos technology to envelop listeners in an immersive, multidimensional sound experience so music feels like it’s coming “ from everywhere and from above. ”
Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and Beats, called Spatial Audio “the biggest breakthrough ever made by Apple Music in sound quality.”
“Listening to a song in Dolby Atmos is like magic,” said Schusser. “Music comes from all around you and sounds amazing.
Dolby Atmos tracks will play by default on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as through the latest iPhone, iPad, and Mac speakers.
Songs available in Dolby Atmos – including versions by J Balvin, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kacey Musgraves and The Weeknd – will be branded.
Apple Music will also organize special Dolby Atmos playlists.
Amazon announced that it will stop charging Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers for its level of lossless audio streaming, Amazon Music HD
“I always want to be one step ahead and I think that’s one of those steps,” “Mi Gente” singer J Balvin said. “Hearing myself and my music in Dolby Atmos for the first time, it was just crazy, it blew me away, it’s indescribable.
Not to be outdone, Amazon also announced Monday that it will begin offering its level of lossless audio streaming, Amazon Music HD, to Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no additional cost.
Launched in 2019, Amazon Music HD already offers some 70 million lossless quality songs.
An Amazon Music Unlimited subscription costs $ 9.99 per month or $ 7.99 per month for Prime customers.
Apple Music also costs $ 9.99 per month, with lossless audio also available with student subscriptions of $ 4.99 and family plans of $ 14.99, which include six subscriptions.
An individual Spotify Premium account costs $ 9.99, with a pair of subscriptions available in the Duo plan for $ 12.99, family plans with six accounts for $ 15.99, and a student plan for $ 4.99.
In February, the popular music streaming service revealed that it would be launching its own level of lossless streaming, HiFi.
No date was given, only that it would be available “later this year” for Premium subscribers in certain markets.
HiFi will deliver music “ in CD quality lossless audio format to your device and Spotify Connect compatible speakers, ” the company said, “ meaning fans will be able to enjoy more depth and depth. clarity while enjoying their favorite tracks. ”
The company has not announced pricing plans for HiFi or how many songs will be available.
A High Fidelity (HiFi) subscription with Tidal costs $ 19.99 per month, although there is a price of $ 9.99 for students and $ 11.99 for first responders and members of the military.