So, yesterday Apple announced a new lossless streaming option that will be free for all Apple Music subscribers. It was an interesting move as we expected the company to charge users a separate price for the lossless option, but no, it will be a free upgrade for all Apple Music users this coming June.
Not to be outdone, it seems that Amazon is making a similar move. Now, Amazon already has a HD music streaming option, but it used to be priced an extra $5 on top of the subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited. However, the company has since announced that Amazon Music Unlimited customers will now get a free upgrade to Amazon Music HD.
Apart from the differences in catalog/library of music, this essentially puts Amazon and Apple on par with each other in terms of music streaming. Amazon Music HD was priced at $14.99 a month for non-Prime members, but now it will essentially be priced at $9.99 ($7.99 if you’re a Prime subscriber).
That being said, we should point out that in order to truly appreciate the higher quality streams, you will need higher-end audio hardware, or in some cases, additional hardware like DACs, so while the free upgrade is welcome, you could end up spending more.