What’s the point of buying high-quality speakers when your chosen music streaming service only offers standard definition sound at up to 320 kbps? If Tidal isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps the new Amazon Music HD service could be what you are looking for, offering millions of songs in HD and Ultra-HD quality.
As you can see from the comparison chart above, the new Amazon Music HD product offers more than 50 million songs at up to 850 kbps (16-bit/44.1kHz)which is more than double the bitrate of standard streaming services. And if that isn’t quite good enough, there are also millions of songs available in Ultra HD which offers a bitrate of up to 3,730 kbps (up to 24-bit/192kHz), which can be listened to in Hi-Res. You’ll need to have an LTE connection of at least 1.5-2Mbps for HD quality and 5-10Mbps for Ultra HD. If you are worried about eating up your data allowance by downloading HD songs at 51MB apiece and 153MB for Ultra HD on average, you can download songs for offline listening.
Amazon Music HD is a separate subscription to Prime, so you’ll have to pony up $14.99 ($12.99 for Prime subscribers) for a single membership or $19.99 ($15.99 for Prime subscribers) for up to 6 members. Amazon Music HD is now available in the US, UK, Japan, and Germany, with a 90-day trial on offer before the monthly subscription kicks in.