Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can now listen to the service’s catalog in high-quality audio. On Monday, Amazon announced that its Amazon Music HD service, which offers high-quality audio streaming, is officially part of the Amazon Music Unlimited package. The best part: it comes at no extra cost. The new feature has been made immediately available, so Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can start enjoying their favorite music, audiobooks, and podcasts in HD today.
Apple Music is set to follow suit. In an announcement also made on Monday, Apple Music revealed that a big part of their audio catalog will be available in HD starting next month. The service upgrade, which will support lossless spatial audio and Dolby Atmos technology, will be made standard as part of the normal subscription at no additional cost.
Both the Apple and Amazon announcements come after Spotify revealed plans earlier this year for a subscription-based high-fidelity version of its audio streaming service. Although Spotify hasn’t announced a price for their HiFi service, experts estimated it would be offered at $20 per month, a price which was considered competitive at the time. With Monday’s announcements, both Amazon and Apple will be giving their users a comparable service for only half that price at $10 a month, which is sure to put pressure on Spotify to reconsider the price point of their upcoming service upgrade.
Amazon Music HD is now available in the US, UK, France, Canada, Spain, Germany, and Italy.
It’s important to note that the high-quality audio offerings won’t make much of a difference to your ears if you don’t have the hardware to support it. Dolby Atmos of audio tracks will carry a special Dolby Atmos bade on the Apple Music store and will only be available to users with devices that support the tech. If you have a newer Apple device, then you’re good to go.
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