Qobuz puts an end on MP3 streaming to introduce single Hi-Res audio Studio Premier Plan

February 21st, 2020, The Bristol Hi-Fi Show Leading Hi-Res audio streaming and download music service, Qobuz, is ditching inferior MP3-quality streaming while introducing an affordable single monthly Hi-Res streaming subscription plan, so everyone can enjoy the best possible quality music reproduction anywhere, anytime.

With the most comprehensive Hi-Res audio streaming catalogue of any music service, from today all albums and songs will be streamed in the UK at CD-quality (lossless) or Hi-Res (from 24-bit/44.1 kHz up to 192 kHz studio quality) for just £14.99 a month (£149.99 with a yearly plan), on the new Studio Premier plan, for its first 100,000 subscribers (and existing customers) until May 31st, 2020.

Qobuz is cutting loose MP3 from its service to focus on delivering best-in-class studio-quality audio, making it the only streaming service for true music fans. Qobuz will still offer its unique Sublime+ plan, now priced at £249.99/year, which includes all the streaming offerings, plus a substantial discount on Hi-Res download purchases from the Qobuz store: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/shop

Back in November 2019, Dan Mackta, General Manager of Qobuz USA, was rejoicing in the news: “MP3 is really bad for music, artists and listeners – so Qobuz is saying ‘no to MP3’ and now offers only real studio quality in one accessible plan. Studio Premier is a special offer we’ve been dying to make. With the new plan, we will be pouring gasoline on the growth that has been kindled by our unique relationships in the premium audio hardware and retail industries. Our unequalled editorial and curation in specialist genres and our focus on the culture around music and audio will continue to create value for listeners. Qobuz does all this because our users’ passion for music is worth it!”

David Solomon, Chief Hi-Res music evangelist at Qobuz USA, agrees. « In the US, I get to play Qobuz for hundreds of people every year and see the positive reactions first hand. Everyone can hear the improvement over-compressed music, but not everyone was willing to pay double for this experience. This has now changed. We’re now priced close to the largest streaming companies and people who want better sound are leaving their mp3 service for Qobuz in droves. Hi-Res is something you can’t un-hear and now price is much less of a barrier for the best music experience available. »

With headquarters in Paris, Qobuz was the first streaming service to offer Hi-Res streaming in studio quality, native 24-bit FLAC format. Launched in the UK in 2013, Qobuz’s superior streaming experience has been acclaimed by the audiophile community and beyond.

Named Audiophile Style Product Of The Decade as well as Headphone.Guru Streaming Service Product of the Year, « the most advanced streaming ecosystem out there » by What Hi-Fi, « a great option for friends and family who love their music » according to The Sun on Sunday, Qobuz is the ultimate, feature-packed music streaming services, delivering immersive and informative content on the songs and albums you listen to.

Overseas, The Absolute Sound gave Qobuz its 2019 Golden Ear Award, saying “I find Qobuz to be essential”, Hi-Fi Choice named Qobuz its 2019 Grouptest Winner, calling it “The best all-round streaming service available… the one to beat” and in a contest of sound quality focusing on classical-specialised streamers, the Los Angeles Times declared “Qobuz is the king”.

The Studio Premier plan is available now, priced at £14.99 a month (£149.99 on a yearly plan) for its first 100,000 subscribers until May 31st, 2020.

Naim Audio, Linn, Arcam, Cyrus, Chord Electronics, AudioQuest, Auralic, AVM, Ayre Acoustics, Bryston, Dali, Dynaudio, Focal, Innuos, Melco, Roon, T+A will be demoing Qobuz at The Bristol Hi-Fi Show from 21st-23rd February 2020.

To learn more visit www.qobuz.com

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