Among the world’s most popular music streaming services, Amazon Music is by no means the last. This dynamically developing platform is acquiring more and more new users and paid subscribers.
Amazon has several services for watching movies and TV shows from Prime Video, books from Kindle Unlimited, or music from Amazon Music Prime. The company is now actively promoting Amazon Music HD, an exclusive add-on subscription aimed at successfully competing with Tidal and other music streaming platforms that offer quality music.
This service, which appeared among the features of the streaming service relatively recently, is available in more countries. With this service, we can access more than 60 million songs in HD quality at up to 850 kbps, while several million of them are also in 3730 kbps quality to listen to them losslessly, with 24 bits and 192 kHz, which exceeds the requirements of the Hi-Res standard. This lossless quality is called Ultra HD.
Amazon Music HD is priced at €14.99. Access to this service is only possible with a contract with Amazon Music Unlimited, which costs 9.99 euros per month for the individual plan and 14.99 euros per month for the family plan, so up to six people can use it, adding another 5 euros per month for Amazon Music HD. There is also an initial promotion where we can enjoy a free individual plan for 90 days and then pay €14.99 per month.
Amazon Music Unlimited also offers an annual payment option, which saves us up to 17% compared to paying monthly. The price remains at €99 per year for the individual plan, which is equivalent to €8.25 per month. In the case of a family tariff, the price is 149 euros per year, which is equivalent to 12.41 euros per month.
So we can add Amazon Music HD in addition to Amazon Music Unlimited for 5 euros per month or 50 euros per year for both ways, leaving prices at 14.99 euros per month for the individual plan or 19.99 euros per month for the family. In the case of an annual plan, the prices are 149 euros per year for the individual rate and 199 euros per year for the family rate.
The Amazon Music Unlimited HD promotion is free for 90 days and is valid for new subscribers only. Amazon Music HD’s most direct competitor is Tidal, a platform aimed at audiophiles looking for the best audio quality in their music, and Amazon offers similar pricing for its services with a large catalog of music available right out of the box. It also has the ability to listen to 3D audio on compatible speakers such as the Echo Studio.
To use the service, Amazon recommends a data connection with a speed of at least 1.5 Mbps, as well as devices that support audio output of at least 16 bits at 44.1 kHz. It is also recommended to use headphones or speakers with a dynamic range of more than 20 kHz for HD music and more than 40 kHz for Ultra HD music.
If you do not have expensive and, most importantly, high-quality sound reproduction equipment, then you should not overpay for higher quality, because you simply will not feel the difference in sound.