Amazon could be launching high-res music streaming service

A week after Amazon’s new free streaming service launched there’s talks that they may be looking into launching a high definition music service.

Just last week Amazon launched a new service offering free music streaming on Alexa-enabled devices. Now rumours suggest that Amazon are looking to launch a high definition streaming service as well.

According to Music Business Worldwide, Amazon are currently in discussion with large music rights-holders to discuss launching a high-fidelity music streaming platform. This would be Amazon’s 4th music service on top of their newly launched free platform, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Prime Music which comes included in an Amazon Prime membership.

A supposed source talking on the potential service said: “It’s a better bit rate, better than CD quality. Amazon is working on it as we speak: they’re currently scoping out how much catalog they can get from everyone and how they’ll ingest it.”

Currently TIDAL, the Jay-Z owned music streaming service, is the leading platform for high-def music. It offers CD quality lossless audio at 44.1 kHz for $19.99 a month. If the rumours are true then it seems Amazon are looking to cover every angle of music streaming by taking on Spotify with free and TIDAL with hi-res music.

A senior US-based music industry source said: “Think about it: Amazon will have every tier of recorded music covered, from free streaming through to limited catalog via Prime, a full ‘Spotify rival’ in Music Unlimited and a high definition service – in addition to vinyl, CD, merch and more. We haven’t seen anything near what they’re capable of in music yet.”

Head of Social Media and Marketing, RouteNote

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