French music streaming and downloading service Qobuz has become a serious player in the streaming market since launching in the US and focusing on hi-fi music only.
Qobuz is one of RouteNote’s newer stores. Qobuz offer its listeners both music for streaming and purchasing to own forever. With RouteNote, we can help you publish your music on their streaming platform and download store for free.
Founded in 2007, Qobuz initially launched in a limited number of markets including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain. Qobuz really started to take off after launching in the US in 2019. As of August 2019, the platform reported 200,000 subscribers. In November 2019 the service reported it was dropping MP3 streaming completely, putting all of their focus on lossless audio. Qobuz remains one of the few hi-fi streaming services, with competitors such as Amazon Music HD, TIDAL HiFi, Deezer HiFi and others, a market that’s expected to grow soon with the arrival of Spotify HiFi.
Much like Apple Music and TIDAL, besides free trials, Qobuz is a premium-only streaming service, with no ad-supported free option. Typical lossy streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music top out at 256 or 320kbps. Qobuz gives all of their subscribers unlimited access, including offline listening, to 70 million FLAC tracks in lossless CD quality at 16-bit/44.1kHz, plus more than 240,000 albums in Studio Hi-Res quality at 24-bit/up to 192 kHz, with constant new releases and re-issues.
Qobuz is available across devices with apps for web, Windows, macOS, iOS and Android, plus supports for hi-fi equipment such as Sonos speakers, as well as wireless listening protocols such as Chromecast, AirPlay, Bluetooth etc. A subscription will also get you access to original editorial content, with over 500,000 album reviews and artist bios, including new weekly interactive articles, exclusive content and expert playlists.
Studio Premier accounts are free for the first month, then $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year (roughly $12.49 per month). With no free trial or monthly payment options, Studio Sublime accounts are $249.99 per year (roughly $20.83 per month), giving you all of the same features, plus exclusive discounts on Hi-Res purchases. Family Plans are also available for both Premier and Sublime members, giving you 6 individual profiles.
Purchased music is your forever, regardless of your subscription status. You don’t need a subscription at all to get started buying music from Qobuz’s store, however Studio Sublime subscriptions will get you up to 60% off titles.
Getting your music on Qobuz couldn’t be easier (or cheaper). Simply sign up for a free RouteNote account, head to the Distribution tab and click Create New Release. You can upload music as MP3 320kbps or FLAC 44.1 kHz to make use of Qobuz’s lossless streaming and downloading. Select Qobuz in the Manage Stores section, as well as any other stores and streaming services you with to publish your music to such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, TIDAL and many more.
Once you’ve completed your release, select Free Distribution or Premium Distribution. Free Distribution doesn’t cost a penny and you get to keep 85% of the royalties. Premium Distribution costs a small fee, while you keep 100% of the royalties. Your music will then be passed on to our moderation team who will check your release is ready to be sent to Qobuz.
Artists always keep full control of their music, retaining 100% of the rights to their content. You are free to switch tiers at any point.