After Apple Music announced Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support for its subscribers, Amazon Music HD has followed suit. The new Unlimited feature will be available to all Amazon Music HD subscribers at no additional cost.
Spatial Audio is an immersive audio format that creates a 3D soundstage, giving listeners the feeling that the music is surrounding them. It is supported by a growing number of headphones and speakers, including Apple AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
In addition to adding Spatial Audio, Amazon Music HD is also upgrading all of its existing customers to the service’s lossless audio quality. This means that listeners will be able to enjoy their music in the highest possible quality, with no loss of sound data.
The move by Amazon Music HD to add Spatial Audio and lossless audio is a major coup for the service. It puts it in direct competition with Apple Music and other high-end music streaming services.
Amazon Music HD and Apple Music lossless audio streaming
Amazon Music HD and Apple Music are giving each other a run for their money in the lossless audio streaming market. Both services offer lossless audio at no additional cost to subscribers, and both are expanding their availability to new regions.
Amazon Music HD was initially only available in the UK, but it is now available in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. The service is also available for all iPhone 5 and above users, as well as for all compatible headphones and speakers.
Apple Music is currently available in over 100 countries, and it is expected to expand to more regions in the coming months. The service is compatible with all Apple devices, as well as with many Android devices.
Both Amazon Music HD and Apple Music offer a large library of music in lossless audio quality. Amazon Music HD also offers a number of exclusive features, such as Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos.
It will be interesting to see how the lossless audio streaming market evolves in the coming years. Both Amazon Music and Apple Music are making strong moves to attract subscribers, and it is likely that other services will enter the market in the near future.
Amazon Music offers Free lossless audio to subscribers
Amazon Music HD now offers its entire library of 70 million songs in lossless audio format, just like Apple Music. Subscribers can now choose from two quality modes: HD and Ultra HD. Also Read – Apple Music gets Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support for high quality music
- HD mode offers 16-bit/44.1 kHz audio, which is the same quality as a CD.
- Ultra HD mode offers 24-bit/192 kHz audio, which is the highest quality available for streaming music.
The new lossless audio format from Amazon Music HD is a major improvement over the standard audio format that is used by most streaming services. Lossless audio means that no data is lost during the compression process, so you can enjoy your music in the highest possible quality.
If you are a fan of high-quality audio, then you should definitely check out Amazon Music HD. It is the only streaming service that offers lossless audio for all subscribers.
Amazon Music HD’s HD mode offers lossless audio quality that is equivalent to a CD. This means that the audio has been compressed without any loss of data, so you can enjoy your music in the highest possible quality.
The HD mode has a bit rate of up to 850 kbps, which is more than double the bit rate of standard streaming services. This means that you will get more detail and clarity in your music.
The HD mode also has a sample rate of 16-bit/44.1 kHz, which is the same sample rate as a CD. This means that the audio will be perfectly in sync with your speakers or headphones.
Amazon claims that the HD mode can preserve the details of the original files. Hence you will hear your music the way the artist intended.
Ultra HD mode
Amazon Music’s Ultra HD mode offers the highest possible audio quality available for streaming music. It has a bit rate of up to 3730 kbps, which is more than 4 times the bit rate of standard streaming services. This means that you will get the most detail and clarity in your music.
The Ultra HD mode also has a sample rate of 24-bit/192 kHz. This is the highest sample rate available for streaming music. This means that the audio will be perfectly in sync with your speakers or headphones.
Amazon claims that the Ultra HD mode can retain studio recording details. Henceforth, you will hear your music the way the artist intended. It also supports Dolby Atmos, which is an immersive audio format that creates a 3D soundstage. To access Dolby Atmos support, users will need to use an Amazon Echo Studio Smart Speaker.
Amazon Music HD in India
Amazon Music HD is not yet available in India. Henceforth, Indian users who want to listen to lossless audio will have to get Apple Music or Spotify. Meanwhile, this Amazon Music Unlimited is available in India for Prime members at a price of $7.99 per month. But it does not offer lossless audio.
Apple Music and Spotify both offer lossless audio streaming in India. Apple Music costs $9.99 per month and Spotify costs \$11.99 per month. Both services offer a free trial, so you can try them out before you subscribe.
It is unclear when Amazon Music HD will be available in India. However, Amazon has said that it is working on making the service available in more countries in the future.
Apple Music, Amazon Music: Price and Availability
Beside Amazon Music, Apple Music is available across the globe. It comes at several prices. In India also, one can subscribe to Apple Music at just Rs 99 per month. Additionally, one can use this service as a part of Apple One subscription plan.
If you are looking for lossless audio streaming in India, you have a few options. Apple One is available for Rs 195 per month and includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud+. Amazon Music is available for Prime members for Rs 999 per year, but it does not offer lossless audio.
If you want to get the best possible audio quality, you should wait for Amazon Music Unlimited to be launched in India. It offers lossless audio in both HD and Ultra HD modes. However, there is no release date yet for Amazon Music HD in India.