The massive image: MP3s had been as soon as the go-to format for digital music consumption however as streaming music suppliers gained traction because of the arrival of quicker cell knowledge and transportable units, the will to keep up a large private library diminished.
Qobuz, the specialty music streaming outfit that launched within the US earlier this 12 months, goes all-in on high quality.
The corporate just lately introduced it has dropped its MP3 (lossy) streaming tier totally and can as a substitute give attention to a single tier that affords entry to its whole hi-res and CD lossless catalog. With the transfer, Qobuz (pronounced co-buzz) turns into the primary streaming supplier to completely abandon the “more and more archaic MP3.”
Qobuz Managing Director Dan Mackta mentioned MP3 is de facto unhealthy for music, artists and listeners “so Qobuz is saying ‘no’ to MP3 and now affords solely actual studio high quality in a single accessible plan.”
Qobuz’s new plan instructions $14.99 per thirty days (or $149.99 yearly) and grants limitless entry to greater than 50 million tracks in addition to in-depth editorial and metadata content material. The corporate will nonetheless supply its Elegant plan which incorporates all streaming advantages in addition to reductions when buying hi-res music from the Qobuz retailer. This plan now goes for simply $249.99 per 12 months, down from $299.99 when it debuted.
Oddly sufficient, Qobuz mentioned it is a restricted time supply for the primary 100,000 subscribers till January 31, 2020. It’s unclear what occurs after that date or should you aren’t among the many first 100,000 – does the value go up or will Qobuz merely cease accepting subscriptions?
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