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'Hi-Rez"?? This is just a "me-too" streaming of CD quality songs -- what we would call standard resolution.Some unspecified tracks ("several million" but which actual tracks? less than 10% of the total, it seems) will be available at actual high resolution. This copies long-standing services. Amazon is not opening access to any more music at high resolution. They are marketing a copy-cat service at $180 per year (nearly 2x the cost of Amazon Prime). This adds nothing to what we can already access.Given the abyssmal user interface of Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music, there's no reason to pay another ~$200 per year for this. Amazon is happy to scalp its current Prime members for this, but anyone looking for actual high resolution streaming would be hard pressed to see this as better than current options.
Qobuz still has the best sound quality and the highest number of actual hirez streams (as far as I can tell). If you also like classical or Jazz, then Qobuz is the easy choice. But Tidal still sounds very good and has a better interface. I don't see Amazon bringing anything to the table to is a serious challenge to either Tidal or Qobuz (other than a semi-captive group of Prime customers).
I'm curious - how much of what you've bought over the years is not available as a regular stream? I ask because I've bought almost nothing like that so I don't have a point of comparison. Are there a lot of tracks in your purchased library that's not generally available to stream in the monthly service?
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