High-resolution streaming audio service provider Qobuz took the occasion during the New York Audio Show Nov. 8 to announce that it is completely eliminating its MP3 (lossy) streaming tier, effective immediately. Qobuz has now streamlined its monthly offering to one $14.99 plan that includes unlimited access to its entire Hi-Res and CD lossless catalogue (as low as $12.50 per month with a yearly plan). With a maximum quality plan now available for one accessible price, Qobuz is the first streaming service to eschew MP3 and is making Hi-Res and lossless the new standard.
The new Studio Premier plan is a limited-time promotion available to the first 100,000 new Qobuz subscribers (plus existing users), who will receive unlimited access to over 50 million tracks in certified Hi-Res or CD lossless quality, along with Qobuz’s exclusive editorial and metadata content, for $14.99/month, or $149.99/year). Qobuz will still offer its 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.
In the announcement statement, Dan Mackta, managing director of Qobuz USA, said: “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 unequaled editorial and curation in specialist genres, and our focus on the culture around music and audio, will continue to create value for listeners.”