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Amazon's new lossless music streaming service, Amazon music HD, with high quality audio unveiled

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CIO Insider Team

Amazon has launched a new music streaming service, Amazon Music HD, which offers lossless versions of audio files for streaming or downloading. Amazon promises access to more than 50 million songs that will be available in more than double the bitrate of standard streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

The platform also promises more than a million songs in Ultra HD quality with up to ten times the normal bitrate.

The HD lossless audio offers up to 850 kbps bitrate at 16-bits depth and 44.1kHz sample rate. The Ultra HD quality offers up to 3730 kbps bitrate at 24-bits depth and 192 kHz sample rate. The standard audio quality over common streaming services offers up to 320kbps bit rate.

Currently, the service is available to the consumers in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. Amazon Music HD, requires data speeds of 1.5Mbps or higher and the smartphone/headphones/speakers should support 16-bit/44.1 kHz or higher.
Amazon says that iPhone 5s and later models are eligible along with most of the wired headphones and speakers.

Amazon Music HD pricing
Currently, users can avail the 90 days free trial of the Amazon Music HD service, after which the consumers will be charged based on the tier they’ve selected. The Amazon Music HD Individual Plan is priced at USD 12.99 per month plus taxes for the Amazon Prime members.

While the Individual Plan for non-prime customers or standard Amazon customers is barred at USD 14.99 per month plus taxes. The Amazon Music HD Family Plan is priced at USD 19.99 per month for the standard Amazon customer.

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