Qobuz: We Got King Crimson in Hi-Res (and Lots More)

On the eve of its six-month anniversary, Paris-based music streaming and download service Qobuz says it's laser-focused on amassing "more hi-res content than anybody else and delivering the best sound experience possible" by providing access to a vast collection of music at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz for streaming or download.

Qobuz is particularly proud to be the only service to offer a broad selection of King Crimson and related albums and the entire Tool catalog in 24-bit/96 kHz resolution. The service has also become a haven for jazz aficionados as it provides detailed information on artists, albums, and tracks as well as exclusive content, including an annotated playlist from Grammy-winning Coltrane historian Ashley Kahn. Jazz is the third most-listened-to genre on Qobuz, home to many hard-to-find jazz and classical music tracks.

Qobuz says it doesn’t push genres or artists, instead featuring “only music of indicated interest to the user,” and takes great pride in fostering a hi-res streaming audience that's approaching 32 million in the U.S., according to MusicWatch. Streaming as a whole is projected to mushroom to more than 1 billion subscriptions in the coming decade.

The Qobuz app is available on the App Store and Google Play and offers four streaming packages:
• Sublime+: $299.99/year for hi-res streaming with 40-60% discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res download store (resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz)
• Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited hi-res streaming ($249.99 annually)
• Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for 16-bit CD-quality streaming ($199.99 annually)
• Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3-quality streaming ($99.99 annually)

In addition to providing access to music at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz in the FLAC format, the service offers the option of streaming or downloading music for playback on mobile devices and desktop PCs. Other highlights include curated content, digital booklets, in-app playlists, and integration with Roon version 1.6.

For more information on Qobuz, visit qobuz.com. Click here to peruse the Qobuz download store.


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