Responding to today’s blockbuster Apple news, Amazon is making Amazon Music HD available to Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no extra cost. This offer is available in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United States, and the UK.
“When we first launched Amazon Music HD, our goal was to lead the industry by enabling music fans around the world to stream the best quality recording, the way artists intended their music to be heard,” Amazon vice president Steve Boom says. “We’re thrilled now to make Amazon Music HD available to everyone at no extra cost. All music fans should have access to this quality of music, and now they do!”
Amazon announced Amazon Music HD in September 2019 at an additional cost of $4.99 per month when compared to the normal Amazon Music offering. (So, a total of $12.99 per month for Amazon Prime subscribers and $14.99 per month for everyone else.) The service provides most of Amazon’s catalog in High Definition (16-bit, 44.1 kHz; essentially CD quality) and some millions of songs in Ultra High Definition, a lossless format (24-bit, up to 192 kHz).
With this change, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can access the High Definition and Ultra High Definition songs for no additional charge over their normal monthly fee, which is $7.99 per month for Prime members and $9.99 per month for everyone else. There’s also a Family Plan at $14.99 per month.
When Amazon Music HD first launched, the catalog had over 50 million songs. Today, that sits at 70 million songs, all of which are available in High Definition. 7 million of those songs are also available in Ultra HD.
<p>Yep, I had six months left on an annual HD music subscription, and for a second or two, I actually thought Amazon was going to make good on that. Strangely, I went into my subscriptions, and the HD payment I made last fall has been wiped out (I was going to click on it and lodge a concern). I’m not going to pursue it further with a rep, as I’m afraid the rep will inadvertently delete my music account, which could mean months of lost work developing my playlists. Amazon wins this one!</p>