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Apple Music launched Hifi quality: What are the alternatives? Amazon, Tidal and more

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It’s official: 2021 is the year of streaming lossless or Hifi, that is, audio quality similar to CD or higher. It took years and huge technological leaps, but it’s finally getting easier to hear high-quality audio without having to use CDs or discs. That’s because Apple and Spotify are launching lossless streaming versions.

It is also true that services of this level already existed, with a clear emphasis on Tidal, which has always been guided by its quality of streaming in relation to the competition. But, the big leap we are seeing at the moment is not only in quality, but also in price. Is that both Apple and Amazon (which also had streaming Hifi but at an extra cost), became free for current subscribers to its streaming services.

But Amazon and Apple are not the only ones that have high-quality streaming services. We already talked about Tidal, but there are others, and more recently Spotify also announced that it was going to launch Hifi on its service, and it did not disclose more information about when or if there would be an extra cost (which given that some competitors do not have Spotify should also follow the same path).

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Let’s get to know the music streaming services that exist with lossless quality.

Tidal HiFi

Tidal HiFi is one of the oldest and best known Hifi streaming services. It allows you to listen to 70 million tracks with lossless CD sound quality and also listens to Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) certified tracks, which are of even higher resolution (up to 24bit / 96kHz), as well as audio tracks like 360 ​​Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos Music.

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The great advantage of subscribing to Tidal HiFi is that you have access to exclusive artists, music videos and live shows.

  • Number of lossless tracks: over 70 million
  • Maximum streaming quality: 24 bits / 96 kHz
  • Price: € 13.99 or R $ 33.80 / month (free 30-day trial for new users)

Amazon Music HD

Amazon launched its lossless streaming service (Amazon Music HD) in the fall of 2019 and has two major selling points. First, it is accessible. And second, it allows you to hear high-resolution audio for an extra price.

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There are two different layers of lossless audio to choose from. There are “high definition” tracks, which are almost CD quality, there are “Ultra HD” tracks, which are 24 bits / 192kHz and the highest resolution audio available for streamers.

However, after Apple’s announcement, Amazon promptly announced that it, too, would make Hifi available to all its subscribers, so the value for this access has come to be more into account.

  • Number of lossless tracks: more than 60 million “high definition” tracks; millions of “Ultra HD” tracks
  • Maximum streaming quality: 24 bits / 192 kHz
  • Price: € 9.99 or R $ 16.90 / month (offers three months free)

Deezer HiFi

Deezer HiFi is probably the best alternative to Tidal HiFi, as both are capable of playing lossless CD quality FLAC files. The advantage of a Deezer HiFi subscription is the price – it is cheaper, despite having a similar free trial.

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The downside is that it does not support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) tracks, like Tidal, so it cannot match the audio quality.

  • Number of lossless tracks: over 70 million tracks
  • Maximum streaming quality: 16 bits / 44.1 kHz
  • Price: € 10.49 or R $ 33.80 / month (free 30-day trial for new users)

Yes, there are more, but they are not available here!

These streaming services that we talked about are available in Portugal and Brazil, but there are a few more services that offer the same quality as we are talking about, but unfortunately they are not available.

One of these examples is Qobuz, which is a highly praised streaming service and which many consider to be far superior to Tidal in general, both in terms of sound quality and in the mobile application, which is very intuitive.

There is also Spotify, which has already announced plans in this regard, however it has not revealed any details, which leaves us without knowing what will happen. One thing is certain, with Spotify being the great pioneer of music streaming and the market leader, it has already been overtaken by its two major competitors, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

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