Amazon Music Unlimited is getting a high-fidelity streaming tier to take on Tidal
The streaming service Amazon currently has in the works will feature better than CD quality music to rival competitors like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, and specifically Tidal (opens in new tab). With a price at $15 per month, it's set to debut by the end of the year according to a report by Music Business Worldwide.
In addition to providing a new revenue for the company stream via advertising and subscription costs, this service directly caters to discerning audiophiles who already have Amazon's line of Echo smart speakers in their home. Tidal, the leading high-fidelity alternative, costs $19.99 per month for its Hi-Fi tier at 44.1 kHz/16 bit.
With this release, Amazon will have a range of tiered music services under its belt, from its free Amazon Music Unlimited (opens in new tab) service for Alexa users to middle and high tier options. It's definitely a powerful step further moving Amazon into the streaming service market, and yet another incentive to grab an Echo dot or Echo Plus to blast your tunes.
A great streaming service
An alternative to Spotify and Apple Music
Amazon Music Unlimited may not have the cultural impact of Spotify or Apple Music, but it's a fantastic streaming service on its own — and you get it cheaper if you're an Amazon Prime customer.
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Wow, I wish more services would offer that.
Now I'm conflicted! I have Amazon Unlimited music because you can get pretty much any song, but I recently went with Qobuz because of the higher quality. Qobuz still has a higher quality, but limited selection. I'll have to see what Amazon's pricing comes out to, and if they let you re-download previous purchases in higher quality.