Amazon Music went all Hi-Res earlier this year, bringing lossless quality to the world outside audiophiledom. Today, AURALiC announced its support for Amazon Music Unlimited from within its Lightning DS app, expanding their streaming products reach.
From the press release:
With Amazon Music Unlimited, subscribers can stream more than 75 million lossless, High-Definition (HD) songs, with a bit-depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of at least 44.1 kHz (CD quality). Customers can also stream more than 7 million songs in Ultra HD (better than CD quality), with a bit-depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz, which reveals even more nuances that were once lost in files compressed for digital streaming.
Amazon has chosen to adopt big TV terminology, calling CD quality “High-Definition” and Hi-Res “Ultra HD”, I assume in an effort to better communicate what lossless audio gets the average listener. Amazon Music’s pricing begins at just $7.99/mo (for Prime Member, $9.99/mo otherwise) for an individual plan, wow, and jumps to $14.99/mo. for the family.
Of course this news also means that all existing AURALiC streaming products, like the very recently reviewed ALTAIR G1 Streamer, offer Amazon Music as of right now.
And it just so happens that the review G1 unit is still in-Barn, so I’ll be taking Amazon Music for a spin and reporting on same, soon. Stay tuned.
Company Website: AURALiC