Amazon has launched a new HD version of its music streaming service in the UK, US, Germany, Austria and Japan.
Amazon Music HD offers more than 50 million lossless HD songs, with a bit depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of 44.1kHz (CD quality) with millions more songs available in Ultra HD (better than CD quality), with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz.
The service will play the highest quality audio the customer’s device and network conditions will support.
The new tier costs £12.99 per month for Prime members and £14.99 per month for Amazon customers. Current Individual or Family Plan subscribers to can add will pay an additional £5/month for current subscribers.
New subscribers can receive a 90-day free trial, and current subscribers can try Amazon Music HD at no additional cost for 90 days at amazon.co.uk/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 favourite 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 favourite 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.”