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Hi-Res Streaming Service Qobuz Launches in U.S.

Qobuz boasts approximately 40 million CD-quality (16-bit) and millions of Hi-Res (24-bit/ 192 kHz) tracks

Qobuz, which declares itself the world’s first and only certified Hi-Res (24-bit/up to 192 kHz) streaming service, has publicly launched in the U.S. A hybrid streaming service and download store, Qobuz boasts approximately 40 million CD-quality (16-bit) and millions of Hi-Res (24-bit/ 192 kHz) tracks.

Since its launch in 2007 in Europe, U.S. audiophiles have been eagerly awaiting Qobuz’s arrival stateside. Qobuz is poised to capitalize on the modern developments making high-quality audio available to a fast-widening audience looking for a higher-level listening experience. Improvements in bandwidth speed and internet infrastructure and the introduction of affordable speakers and audio equipment represent an accessibility tipping point in the growing high-end audio market.

Qobuz is on all app stores, and features:

• Streaming in up to 24-bit/192 kHz true Hi-Res FLAC (about 29x the audio quality of MP3) with compatible gear.

• The option to stream and offline download an unlimited amount of music on all devices-including both mobile and desktop.

• A parallel Hi-Res download store with files for purchase allowing for options that flow substantial revenues back to creators—premium pricing for Hi-Res masters is a growth area for record labels.

• Exclusive, curated, and in-depth editorial content. Deep metadata, complete digital booklets, interactive articles, reviews, and playlists in-app on every platform.

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