Amazon’s music streaming service has been around for a while now, but more recently the company seems to be stepping up their efforts to try and grab a larger slice of the pie. For example, it was just last week that Amazon announced a free ad-supported listening tier that would allow non-Prime members to enjoy their streaming services.
Now in a new report from Music Business Worldwide, they are claiming that Amazon isn’t quite done with its music streaming service yet. The publication has heard that Amazon could be looking to challenge the likes of Tidal by launching a hi-def service that could be ready by the end of the year.
At the moment, the majority of music streaming services offer “normal” bitrate streams, which for the most part is more than sufficient. However, Amazon is hoping that this new hi-def offering will appeal to more audiophile customers. According to the publication’s source, they claim that the hi-def streaming will be of a better bitrate and could actually be better than CD quality.
That being said, we’re not sure how many customers might actually take advantage of this. The problem with higher-quality files is that they are larger in terms of file size, meaning that there might be instances the stream won’t be as smooth compared to regular streams. Then there is also the issue of audio, where if you don’t have the right hardware that can take advantage of the higher-quality stream, then there really is not much point.