Lossless streaming? For Roon users, it’s a two-horse race: Tidal and Qobuz. But for hardware makers developing their own streaming platform, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, and Apple AirPlay (for Apple Music) can come alongside Roon Readiness for broader streaming service coverage. Additionally, support for Tidal and Qobuz may reside within the manufacturer’s own app. In the absence of existing or planned “Qobuz Connect”, in-app support remains essential for those who do not Roon.
That’s indeed the story of AURALiC’s Lightning DS streaming platform, which today adds another string to its streaming bow with built-in support for Amazon Music Unlimited ($9.99 USD/month) .
Quote from the press release: “AURALiC product owners can now control and play Amazon Music from Lightning DS. With Amazon Music Unlimited, subscribers can stream more than 75 million lossless high-definition (HD) songs with 16-bit resolution and a sample rate of at least 44.1 kHz (CD quality). Customers can also stream over 7 million songs in Ultra HD (better than CD quality), with 24-bit bit depth and up to 192kHz sample rate, revealing even more nuances that were once lost in digital compressed files. Diffusion.”
An interesting finding here is that Amazon’s Hi-Res Audio offering hits 10% of its total library (of otherwise CD-quality streams).
Lightning DS is iOS/iPadOS only and is available on the App Store here.
More information: AURALiC | Amazon Music Unlimited