Earlier today, Apple announced it is adding spatial sound with Dolby Atmos support and lossless audio quality to Apple Music. Not to be outdone, Amazon announced that its existing lossless audio level, launched in 2019 as Amazon Music HD, is now available to all Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no additional cost.
Much like Apple’s offering, Amazon Music HD offers audio quality up to 24-bit and 192kHz, but there are different levels. It starts with CD quality, which is available for over 70 million songs on the service and delivers 16-bit sound with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz. If you switch to 24-bit audio, then only around 7 million songs are available right now, which is likely similar to Apple’s offering, although the Cupertino-based company hasn’t shared those details.
Additionally, Amazon Music HD also comes with mastered sounds for spatial audio, or 3D audio, as Amazon calls it. Just like Apple Music, it supports Dolby Atmos formats, but also Sony 360RA. However, 3D track mixes can only be played on a single Amazon-branded device, the Echo Studio, or on Sony’s RA5000 and RA3000 speakers using Alexa Cast.
Instead of waiting until June, Amazon is making these features available at no additional cost starting today. If you’re already paying for Amazon Music HD, you should see your monthly price drop by $ 5 over the next billing cycle, while regular Music Unlimited subscribers will have the option to upgrade while maintaining the same price.
Perhaps to sweeten this news a bit further, Amazon is currently running a promotion on its music offerings in the US and UK.
The above offer is only available to new Amazon Music HD subscribers and ends May 24, and like other Amazon subscriptions, you can always choose to end your subscription before the start of the billing cycle. and the end of the three-month trial period.
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