Amazon Music today announced the launch of Amazon Music HD for Canada, a new tier of premium quality music with millions of songs in High Definition, and more than one million songs in Ultra High Definition – the highest quality streaming audio available – plus a growing catalogue of 3D audio when listening on Amazon’s Echo Studio device. Starting at just $12.99/month, or an additional $5/month for current Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers (Individual or Family Plan), Amazon Music HD makes high quality, lossless audio accessible to all music fans. Amazon Music HD is now available to stream in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, and now Canada. Eligible new subscribers to Amazon Music can receive a 90-day free trial, and eligible current subscribers can try Amazon Music HD at no additional cost for 90 days at https://www.amazon.ca/music/unlimited/hd.
“We spoke with many artists while developing Amazon Music HD, who were excited about the potential for fans to be able to stream their favorite music, and hear it as it was originally recorded,” said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “From rock to hip-hop to classical and pop, we believe listening to music at this level of sound will make customers fall in love again with their favorite music and artists. As we usher in a new listening experience for our customers and the industry, we’re combining the convenience of streaming with all of the emotion, power, clarity and nuance of the original recordings.”
Amazon Music HD will always offer customers the best quality recording available on our service for streaming, providing an unparalleled listening experience. Legendary albums including Neil Young’s Harvest and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue become revelatory new experiences, almost as if the listener is sitting in on these storied studio sessions. Songs like Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart” and The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” are also now available in Ultra HD, revealing nuances that were once flattened in files compressed for digital streaming. A growing catalogue of 3D audio is also available via Amazon Music HD.
Neil Young has said of Amazon Music HD, “Earth will be changed forever when Amazon introduces high quality streaming to the masses. This will be the biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”
Amazon Music HD offers customers millions of lossless HD songs, with a bit depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of 44.1kHz (CD quality). In addition, customers can stream more than one million songs in Ultra HD (better than CD quality), with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz.
Amazon Music HD will play the highest quality audio the customer’s device and network conditions will support, and is compatible with a wide variety of devices, including desktop, mobile (iOS & Android), select Echo devices, Fire TV, and Fire Tablets. Amazon Music HD is also compatible with many third-party devices, including most products from Denon and Marantz with HEOS Built-in, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Sonos, McIntosh, Sennheiser, and many more. To learn more about Amazon Music HD, visit https://www.amazon.ca/music/unlimited/hd.