Digital music firm 7digital’s latest partnership is with hi-fi maker Onkyo, and will include launching the Japanese company’s high-definition downloads store to Europe and the US. The e-onkyo store launched in 2005 in Japan, but will now go global with a catalogue of FLAC-quality songs, with 7digital handling licensing discussions in the west. “With the introduction of our HD digital music portfolio we hope to reconfirm 7digital’s position as a leader in high quality digital music services,” said 7digital’s Ben Drury in a statement. It’s the latest move towards higher-definition downloads in a year that’s already seen Neil Young’s Pono run a successful Kickstarter campaign, and HD-focused Qobuz expand globally. The 7digital / Onkyo deal is also the latest partnership between a digital service provider and a hi-fi manufacturer, at a time when the likes of Spotify are also rolling out hardware alliances.

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