The music subscription service, Qobuz, which claims to be the “world’s first and only certified Hi-Res streaming service,” finally launched in the US Thursday.
It offers the largest selection of true Hi-Res Audio titles to date at 2 million, with a total catalog of 40 million titles (including CD-quality tracks).
The service provides 24-bit/192k FLAC streaming at about 29 times the audio quality of MP3. It can stream on iOS and Android phones as well as desktop computers. By contrast, Hi-Res music service rival Tidal does not offer a Hi-Res iOS streaming app.
Hi-Res streaming pricing starts at $24.99 per month, but users can elect a CD-quality streaming plan for $19.99. You can see all the plans below.
Qobuz is also a download site, and it claims to offer hard-to-find jazz and classical tracks.
Owner and chairmain of Qobuz, Denis Thébaud, said “Our teams have been working brilliantly for over a year with our recording and publishing partners to get to this point. I am convinced that what we have to offer, on both the streaming and download markets, will be a success amongst American music lovers.”
Qobuz was founded in 2007 in Paris and it currently streams music in 11 European countries.
US pricing plans are as follows:
- Sublime+: $299.99/year for full Hi-Res streaming and substantial (40-60%) discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res (up to 24-bit / 192 khz) download store.
- Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192 khz) streaming ($249.99 annually).
- Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.99 annually).
- Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually).