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    Re: Amazon Music

    Amazon from the shear nature of it presence doesnít do it for me for high-end audio. Itís target will be all of the non audiophiles, a very large market I am sure that benefit from the other Alexia.

    For streaming, Iím staying the course with Qobuz and believe I will drop Tidal.

    The Aurender was one of the best things I did as itís a purpose built streamer and a server, and functions accordingly.




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    Re: Amazon Music

    That's a good idea. Thanks.

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    Re: Amazon Music

    Had a nice long listen last night, all good so far. SQ is fine as expected. Interface is pretty good, had no problems finding what I was looking for. Really like the classical "Station" that I was listening to also. Keeper for me.

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    Re: Amazon Music

    What I find really interesting about Amazon’s new Hi-Def streaming service is that they have deliberately chosen NOT to partner with MQA for its HD tier – as TIDAL has done for its so called “Masters” range.


    Amazon Music HD catalog is in the lossless FLAC file format, instead of the MQA format that Tidal uses.


    Beyond the obvious challenge to TIDAL (Amazon's service is cheaper) one wonders whether this is another nail in MQA’s coffin?
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    Re: Amazon Music

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    What I find really interesting about Amazon’s new Hi-Def streaming service is that they have deliberately chosen NOT to partner with MQA for its HD tier – as TIDAL has done for its so called “Masters” range.


    Amazon Music HD catalog is in the lossless FLAC file format, instead of the MQA format that Tidal uses.


    Beyond the obvious challenge to TIDAL (Google's service is cheaper) one wonders whether this is another nail in MQA’s coffin?
    You consider Google’s service a direct competitor to Tidal?
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    Re: Amazon Music

    I think Amazon Music HD with its massive library and reasonably priced subscriptions will not only entice the masses – it will also (in time and as Ultra HD & industry relationships expand) steal audiophiles away from Tidal.
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    Re: Amazon Music

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    I think Amazon Music HD with its massive library and reasonably priced subscriptions will not only entice the masses – it will also (in time and as Ultra HD & industry relationships expand) steal audiophiles away from Tidal.
    I had taken your “another nail in the coffin” comment as meaning that Google was the first nail in MQA’s coffin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asindc View Post
    I had taken your “another nail in the coffin” comment as meaning that Google was the first nail in MQA’s coffin.
    why Google, Google has 'Play Music' which is not the same as Amazons HD
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    Re: Amazon Music

    Unfortunately, the new Amazon service uses a proprietary (closed) API, so no plug-in for those of us still using Squeezebox streamers or the open source Logitech Music Server software. Guess I'll stick with Tidal (will try Qobuz too) for now. Given Amazon's investment into their streaming infrastructure, I'm sure there will be MANY "Amazon HD Music compatible" receivers and (mid-fi) streamers forthcoming. Will be interesting to see if any higher end manufacturers "pony up" the licensing fee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleepysurf View Post
    Unfortunately, the new Amazon service uses a proprietary (closed) API, so no plug-in for those of us still using Squeezebox streamers or the open source Logitech Music Server software. Guess I'll stick with Tidal (will try Qobuz too) for now. Given Amazon's investment into their streaming infrastructure, I'm sure there will be MANY "Amazon HD Music compatible" receivers and (mid-fi) streamers forthcoming. Will be interesting to see if any higher end manufacturers "pony up" the licensing fee.
    Thank you for the information on Amazon's closed API.

    Your thought about creating Amazon HD Music compatible devices is an interesting one. Here is a related thought: What about if Amazon buys Roon and in one move all Roon EndPoints become Amazon HD compatible devices? If that happens, it is likely that many if not most of Roon users who currently subscribe to Tidal or Qobuz would jump ship to AHD ( I would be one of them).

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