Music-streaming service Qobuz will go live in the US today: a launch that the company has been teasing for several months. The company will be offering its established blend of hi-res streams AND downloads to American users for the first time.
“Nobody else is offering high-res music like this,” its US managing director Dan Mackta told Rolling Stone. Strictly speaking, he’s correct: alternative hi-res streaming services are already available in the US – Tidal and Deezer – but the downloads element is what Qobuz hopes will make it stand out.
“It’s hand-to-hand combat — it’s focused. We’re going after audiophiles in the U.S. who are eager to have high-resolution options for music streaming, especially after seeing their friends in Europe have it. Then, we’re building out to regular music fans who haven’t experienced songs in high resolution yet,” said Mackta.
Qobuz’s US pricing will range from $9.99 a month for non-hi-res quality, through $19.99 for CD-quality and $24.99 for ‘studio’ quality, as well as a $299.99 annual subscription that includes discounts from the Qobuz downloads store.