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QOBUZ CONFIRMED FOR OZ

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The French-born high-res streaming service Qobuz has unlocked its site for Australian­s, with its monthly subscripti­on to the streaming services currently $24.99, or discounted 25% for annual billing of $229.99 ($19.16 a month). There are also ‘family’ plans which offer 6 separate accounts at $44.99 a month, discounted to $35.83 for annual payment. Those using the family accounts must be residing in the same household — something on which Netflix is currently attempting to begin enforcing for its own multiple account offerings (rather a stable door situation).

Qobuz allows ‘Studio quality’ streaming of 24-bit FLAC files up to 192kHz in genuine PCM, contrastin­g with Tidal’s use of MQA to ‘unfold’ high-resolution performanc­e from lower bit-rates. Unlike Tidal, there is no non-high-res subscripti­on available. You can listen to music in high-res on phones, tablets, computers or on a compatible hi-fi system. Qobuz is also the only service besides Tidal with which Roon integrates.

Qobuz is also differenti­ated by offering high-res downloads, as well as streaming, for those who prefer to own rather than rent their music. Downloads can be in a variety of formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF) and carry no DRM. More news after the official launch!

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