Amazon is reportedly prepping a new high-fidelity music streaming service

Amazon plans to launch a new high-fidelity music streaming service with audio of better quality than the CD, reports Music Business Worldwide . The new service is expected to cost around $ 15 a month, and would be located next to Amazon's existing music services. These include Prime Music and Music Unlimited, which currently offer transmissions at a maximum of 256 Kbps, well below the 1.411 Kbps bit rate of the CDs.

"It's a better bit rate, better than CD quality," said one of MBW Sources that indicate that the new service will put Amazon in direct competition with the transmission level of Tidal high resolution of $ 20 per month. Tidal can offer these "Master" quality recordings, thanks to a partnership with high resolution music technology company MQA, although it is reported that Amazon aims to offer a better bit rate than CDs without a similar association.

The report states that Amazon is in talks with music rights holders to obtain licenses for the new service tracks and that a major record company has already registered for the new service.

Although Spotify, Amazon Music's biggest rival, has previously experimented with CD-quality lossless audio, the maximum bitrate it currently offers is 320 Kbps. Meanwhile, Apple Music achieves maximum of 256 Kbps, which is the same as Amazon.

Although the higher-quality transmission sounds attractive, Amazon's new service will further inflate its confusing array of transmission options. You will find Amazon's free music service with advertising support, which you can use through Alexa devices, and there is another level that gives you access to 2 million tracks that are included with Prime.

If you want to access more tracks (in fact, 48 million more), you can pay more for Amazon Music Unlimited, but the prices vary depending on the number of devices you own and if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber. You can pay only $ 3.99 to listen on a single Echo speaker, $ 9.99 for a standard subscription without Prime, or $ 7.99 for Prime.

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