If you haven’t heard, Apple Music has begun to roll out a new feature that allows users to listen to their music in lossless audio. However, it’s not just Apple that’s making waves with this type of technology. Other services like Pandora and Tidal have also introduced this tier.
Amazon Music Unlimited vs Spotify
If you’re a music lover, you probably already know that there are two popular music streaming services out there – Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited. Both offer ad-free, high-quality streaming and a wide musical selection. Choosing between them can be tricky, though.
The two platforms have many things in common, but they also differ. Both provide access to millions of songs, while offering features like personalized radio stations, custom playlists, and a variety of other goodies.
One of the more unique features of Spotify is its AI-powered “Discover Weekly” playlist. It’s designed to analyze your listening habits and automatically generate a new playlist every week.
Spotify has a huge music library, which includes more than 35 million songs. In addition, it offers some innovative features, including the Canvas feature, which allows users to experience a song in a more immersive manner.
On the other hand, Amazon isn’t as comprehensive in its offerings. While it boasts a large library of over 40 million songs, you’re not going to find much exclusive content.
For now, Amazon has a 30-day free trial for non-Prime members, and it offers three different tiers of service. The free tier has no advertisements, but it does limit you to 40 hours of listening a month.
While Amazon has more features than Spotify, its interface isn’t always as smooth. It’s also missing some of the best aspects of the latter. It doesn’t have a podcast, and it doesn’t offer the same level of integration with Alexa devices.
In the end, it comes down to which streaming service is the most beneficial for your needs. Both services are good, but they have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Apple Music rolled out Lossless Audio
Apple Music has announced that it will begin offering lossless audio. It will offer a CD-quality streaming service to Premium subscribers. In addition, the company will begin offering Dolby Atmos spatial audio versions of some albums.
The company launched its lossless audio stream last May. It will increase the quality of its lossless tier from 16-bit to 24-bit at 48 kHz, and you can choose from a range of playback options. Those who opt for a high-res tier can expect to hear about 75 million songs in the service.
At the same time, Spotify has been working on developing its own lossless streaming service. It was rumored that the service would cost between $5 and $10 a month. However, it appears that the service will not be available until at least 2021.
The company has been working on developing its own lossless audio format for five years. It aims to make it easier for musicians to create songs in Dolby Atmos.
A few months ago, Spotify users saw a HiFi icon in the iOS app. At the time, they were discussing rival lossless offerings. The company’s executives stated that the service was caught up in licensing negotiations. They haven’t provided any pricing details, though.
The HiFi feature was originally slated to launch in 2021, but it has since been delayed. According to the company, it will be available to Premium subscribers in the near future. They also stated that they are excited to deliver the experience to Premium users.
The HiFi tier will allow Premium subscribers to listen to high-res, lossless music. It will be able to be played on a variety of devices, including Spotify Connect-enabled speakers. It will not work on Bluetooth connections, though.
Tidal and Spotify both have large user bases, but they offer different services. That’s why Tidal is reinventing itself, hoping to catch up to rival Apple Music. They also announced a new free tier, which will help the service expand its subscriber base. It will also introduce new ways to pay artists.
The free tier on Tidal will allow you to stream up to 80 million songs and videos. However, it will not have videos, lyrics, or offline downloads. It will be ad-supported. In addition, the company is introducing a new ‘Hi-Fi’ tier.
The free tier on Tidal is a bit of a tease. The company does not actually announce how many users they have. They last revealed their subscriber count in 2016. Earlier this year, Tidal CEO Jack Dorsey revealed that his company is taking a sexier approach to paying artists, aiming to create more direct ties with fans.
The company also recently introduced a lyrics search feature. The feature only works if the artist has uploaded lyrics to their account. The app uses an algorithm to learn your listening preferences, then display personalized recommendations. The app also offers a radio and music discovery features.
For those interested in lossless music, the Hi-Fi tier on Tidal is the way to go. The service streams songs at up to CD quality (1411 Kbps) or at the high end of the audio spectrum, featuring Dolby Atmos audio and MQA.
The company’s new ‘Fan-Centric Royalties’ system will give subscribers the opportunity to get a percentage of their monthly subscription fees to the top-streamed acts on the service. The company has yet to disclose how much money will be given out in this new model, but it’s a major step forward for the company.
Amazon Music HD
Amazon’s music streaming service has added a new tier. For a limited time, you can test Amazon Music HD for free. With the free tier, you can play seven million songs in Ultra HD quality. You also have access to a growing catalog of 3D audio tracks.
The new tier will be free to existing Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers. In addition, you’ll get access to thousands of curated playlists. You can also import your own playlists from other services. The service is available on a wide variety of devices, including mobile phones, desktop computers, and Fire TV. You can stream to Alexa-enabled Echo speakers.
The new tier will support both Standard Definition (SD) and Ultra HD streaming. You can play Amazon Music HD digital files on a wide range of devices, though you may need an external DAC to get the most out of them.
Amazon has been in the music streaming business for more than a decade. The company believes that the new tier will appeal to more fans of music.
Amazon has been conducting research on customer feedback to determine whether they want to pay for higher-quality music. Ultimately, the company believes that it can reach more consumers with its HD offering. In fact, Neil Young, a veteran audiophile, said that the new tier will be “the biggest thing in music since the introduction of digital audio.”
If you’re a fan of high-quality music, you’ll be glad to hear that Amazon Music HD is getting even better. In fact, there’s already a growing catalog of 3D audio tracks that can be downloaded to your device. And you can now listen to these tracks with Dolby Atmos.
Pandora has announced a new tier of its service that will be available later in the year. The new Premium subscription tier will cost $10 a month and will give users full access to Pandora’s music library. It also features personalised playlists and smart recommendations.
This new tier will be accessible through a mobile app and Google Chromecast. It will offer on-demand listening of millions of songs. It will also allow users to download songs for offline listening.
It will feature over 35 modules that will recommend songs based on the interests of the user. It will also use the user’s listening history to search for songs.
This tier will be available through iOS and Android. It will also be available in certain cars from GM. And it will come with a six-month trial.
The company has said that it will begin sending invitations to try its new tier. The invites will vary depending on who’s listening to the free tier.
In addition to the new tier, the company also announced that its mobile app would now serve up personalized recommendations based on the time of day. It will also highlight new releases when they’re available. And it will show users who their friends are following.
The mobile app also includes a variety of other features. For example, users can follow their favorite artists, listen to news podcasts, and create social profiles. This means that they can share their profile content with their friends on Facebook or Twitter.
However, one thing is still missing. Audiobooks aren’t available on Pandora.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the company’s new tier. It has a user base of about 80 million. It will also have to fight off the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.