Hi-Res Streaming Service Qobuz coming to US (Now Available)!

February 21st, 2019

Qobuz is now available in the US at https://www.qobuz.com.

Back in July, Qobuz hired three new music executives to help spearhead the U.S. launch. Dan Mackta, Ted Cohen, and David Soloman make up the core U.S. launch team.

Qobuz is available on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.  The service was founded in Paris in 2007 as a streaming service.  Now, the higher-fidelity play is available in 11 European markets including France, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Spain, and Italy.

Qobuz has a catalog of 40 million CD-quality tracks and over 2 million hi-res tracks with 24-bit resolution.

There are four subscriber tiers.

  • Sublime+ ($299.99 a year), which offers full hi-res streaming with 40-60% discounts on purchases from the Qobuz hi-res download store.
  • Studio ($24.99 a month) for unlimited hi-res 24-bit streaming.
  • Hi-Fi ($19.99 a month) for 16-bit CD quality audio.
  • Premium ($9.99 a month) for 320kbps mp3 quality streaming.

The screen shot below is from an Aurender N10 which already supports Qobuz.  Roon 1.6 is also supporting Qobuz natively now. 

The Sublime+ tier is the only one that must be paid yearly, though all three other plans can be paid annually, too. The pricing structure for Qobuz aligns with Tidal’s own structure but the services differ in that Qobuz supports traditional hi-res streaming up to 24-bit/192Khz while TIDAL has partnered to provide Hi-Res via MQA.

We will have a blog article in the near future with observations.

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