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    AURALiC Launches Amazon Music Unlimited on All Products

     

     

    AURALiC has delivered a holiday season gift to all its users, with the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited on all its products. This is a big deal for many reasons, among them is the reality that most HiFi companies can't get Amazon's attention long enough to say hello. It's nice to see AURALiC implement yet another streaming service option for its global user base. Options are always welcome and the fact that Amazon delivers Pure PCM high resolution content is not lost on me. No special decoder or user tax is necessary to enjoy the music in all its original glory. 

     

    Of note, Audiophile Style's Canadian readers will be pleased to now have an integrated streaming option other than Tidal. I know many have waited for Qobuz in Canada for many years, only to be disappointed with the lack of progress. As the saying goes, you snooze, you lose. AURALiC’s Canadian users can now enjoy true high resolution streaming with Amazon Music Unlimited. 

     

    Here's the story straight from AURALiC.

     

     

     

    AURALiC Launches Amazon Music Unlimited on All Products

    Beaverton, Dec. 17, 2021 – AURALiC Inc., today announced that it will now offer the capability to stream Amazon Music Unlimited on all of its streaming products.

     

    Owners of AURALiC products may now control and play Amazon Music from within Lightning DS, a feature-rich and intuitive control app designed in-house by the AURALiC engineering team.

     

    With Amazon Music Unlimited, subscribers can stream more than 75 million lossless, High- Definition (HD) songs, with a bit-depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of at least 44.1 kHz (CD quality). Customers can also stream more than 7 million songs in Ultra HD (better than CD quality), with a bit-depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz, which reveals even more nuances that were once lost in files compressed for digital streaming.

     

    The team at AURALiC continually seeks out new, high-quality music subscription services to integrate with their award-winning product range as part of an ongoing effort to provide customers with as many options as possible when streaming music at the highest levels of quality

     

     


     

     

     

     

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    https://support.auralic.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000177053-Use-with-Other-Software

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    The ARIES G2 is compatible with other OpenHome-based control software (although not with UPnP-based software such as JRiver Media Center.) Some functionality may be limited when using 3rd party control software.

     

    https://hifiplus.com/articles/auralic-launches-amazon-music-unlimited-on-all-products/

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    Owners of AURALiC products may now control and play Amazon Music from within Lightning DS, a feature-rich and intuitive control app designed in-house by the AURALiC engineering team.

     

    OMG, that could very well be a *HUGE* deal if they weren't doing anything to prevent any 3rd-party hardware / software from receiving those Amazon Music (Ultra) HD streams that came from their Lightning DS app.

     

    OpenHome ain't really a proprietary standard at all, we simply need to get both UPnP Media Server and BubbleUPnP Server to installed somewhere on the network.

     

    For instance, I don't have any products from Linn to begin with but BubbleDS for Linn DS / OpenHome would still work with streaming Qobuz to just about any renderers that are OpenHome compliant

     

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bubblesoft.android.bubbleds2

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    - TIDAL/Qobuz handling improvements

     


     

    NVM, that door was already closed back in 2015

     

    https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/20664-auralic-lightning-ds-app-software-impressions-and-information/page/52/#comment-443403

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    All: I have been using the lightning ds app as my tv's music control point from my ipad. since updating to 2.0, the app no longer support non-auralic renderer.

     

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    53 minutes ago, seeteeyou said:

    OMG, that could very well be a *HUGE* deal if they weren't doing anything to prevent any 3rd-party hardware / software from receiving those Amazon Music (Ultra) HD streams that came from their Lightning DS app.

     

    OpenHome ain't really a proprietary standard at all, we simply need to get both UPnP Media Server and BubbleUPnP Server to installed somewhere on the network.

     

    For instance, I don't have any products from Linn to begin with but BubbleDS for Linn DS / OpenHome would still work with streaming Qobuz to just about any renderers that are OpenHome compliant

     

    I didn't even think about this!

     

    Testing now. 

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    My eyes literally lit right up once I saw that's actually implemented via their iOS app, then I really had to DAFS on Google and then realized that didn't work for any 3rd party devices since version 2.0 of Lightning DS.

     


     

    Why Amazon Music is not fully supported ?
    https://support.soundiiz.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009509314-Why-Amazon-Music-is-not-fully-supported-

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    Currently, Amazon Music not providing any public API to access to an user Amazon Music account data.

    While there's no public API and we didn't found a secure workaround to access to Amazon Music user datas, we are not able to move datas TO Amazon Music.

    But we are still able to transfer an Amazon Music playlist to other services by using the "share link" of a playlist.

     

    Sonos Adds Support for Ultra HD Audio, Dolby Atmos Music on Amazon Music

    https://restechtoday.com/sonos-adds-support-for-ultra-hd-audio-dolby-atmos-music-on-amazon-music/

     

    In other words, I guess that maybe AURALiC could have paid Amazon in order to get access to their API or something? Pretty much like how Bluesound / Denon / Sonos etc. managed to support AM on their own devices.

     


     

    Though not sure about how these guys were able to get their stuff working in the first place?

     

    https://github.com/Jaffa/amazon-music

    https://github.com/mirkobrombin/Amusiz

    https://github.com/oja/amazon-music-linux

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    From how the software behaves and how the UI is set up, Lightning DS does seem to be tied to their hardware specifically. 

     

    I actually found the connection to my Amazon account easy-peasy (surprise), and lo and behold, purchases of CDs and such over the years all now magically in Lightning DS. 

     

    BUT, when I tried to play anything, the stream seemed to buffer for too long, and then largely failed. I got one song to play out of about a dozen tries, no idea why that one song played but others did not (and simply error messaged out with no useful additional help info, which unfortunately is typical for Auralic).

     

    Hopefully it will get better if such content is free. As for subscriptions, I don't think I will necessarily sign up for Amazon Unlimited as I and the rest of the world are still waiting for Spotify to not announce they're not going to do hi-res after all. Ha ha, sigh.

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