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    Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    I don't have much more, but I don't think much more needs to be said. Qobuz is now open in beta of everyone in the US!

     

    Remember, here is a how-to about moving all your favorites and playlists from Tidal.

     

     

     

     

     

    Press Release:

     

    Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    Qobuz, the European-based certified Hi-Res streaming and download service whose launch in the US has been highly anticipated in the audiophile community, announced today that it is now available for registration to US customers as an open beta. Initial US market beta users are being onboarded this week. Music aficionados looking for a premium audiophile experience can join the waitlist for the Qobuz beta here: http://on.qobuz.com/RH

    The world's first and only certified Hi-Res streaming and download service, Qobuz has already secured a 2 million+ track Hi-Res catalog, and will be launching to the public at large following the beta testing. It will be available on all Mac/iOS/Android/Windows operating systems.

    As previously announced, the finalized US pricing plan is below:

            • Sublime+: $299.99/year for full Hi-Res streaming and substantial (40-60%) discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res (up to 24-bit / 192 khz) download store.
            • Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192 khz) streaming ($249.99 annually).
            • Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.99 annually).
            • Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually).
     
    For information on the Qobuz streaming experience, see HERE
    For infomation on the Qobuz download store, see HERE

    To keep updated, contact Hannah Schwartz ([email protected]) or Mark Satlof ([email protected]).

    About Qobuz

    Founded in 2007, Qobuz is a Paris-based commercial online music streaming and downloading service that addresses the needs of curious and discerning music lovers across the globe. Live in eleven European markets and launching in the US in early 2019, Qobuz offers an exceptional range of music genres as well as exclusive editorial content independently curated by a team of experts. Qobuz offers subscription to streaming services with genuine CD quality audio of more than 40-million tracks and over 2 million Hi-Res tracks up to 
    24-bit/192k resolution from all genres. For more information: www.qobuz.com.

     

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    On 2/4/2019 at 6:22 AM, miguelito said:

    I have been enjoying Qobuz (mostly via Roon) for a few weeks now and love it.

     

    When is Qobuz supposed to move out of "beta", and what does that mean?

     

     

    They officially haven't said, but we can infer from a post by a Qobuz rep in another thread that the beta may continue for at least a couple more months, as he said it would take that long to do enough agreements with labels to get the catalog about where they want it.

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    On 2/4/2019 at 9:03 PM, Paul R said:

    Lucky guys! I am waiting for a Beta invite. ;)

     

    I received a welcome message about 10 days after signing up.

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    9 minutes ago, left channel said:

     

    They officially haven't said, but we can infer from a post by a Qobuz rep in another thread that the beta may continue for at least a couple more months, as he said it would take that long to do enough agreements with labels to get the catalog about where they want it.

    It sure looks like they are going to charge my credit card after 30 days even if it's still in beta!

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    4 minutes ago, rickca said:

    It sure looks like they are going to charge my credit card after 30 days even if it's still in beta!

     

    I think they will. I'm happy to pay it though. Studio only, and maybe in six months if I still like the service I'll pay for a year of Studio to get two months free.

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    On 2/4/2019 at 5:44 PM, exdmd said:

     

    Whether using the web player or app try clicking on your user name in upper right and then under "music playing" set the maximum resolution to 24/192, also go into Windows sound settings and set to 24/192. Should help.

    Thanks. I'll check that, but in the meantime, the web player is working and playing 192 files. For some reason, the driver for the DAC in my McMA9000 disappeared! After numerous uninstalls/re-installs/reboots, it's back! The Windows app keeps freezing, though.

     

    On an unrelated topic, is there a limit to the number of tracks in a playlist? One of mine has 997 and I can't add any more.

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    On 2/4/2019 at 6:22 AM, miguelito said:

    I have been enjoying Qobuz (mostly via Roon) for a few weeks now and love it.

     

    When is Qobuz supposed to move out of "beta", and what does that mean?

     

     

    Oh wait, scratch my last answer, apparently they did officially say something! "According to Qobuz Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist David Solomon the launch date is February 14, 2019– Valentine’s Day!"  http://www.audiophilia.com/reviews/2019/1/29/qobuz  Silly me, listening to the product staff instead of marketing. 🙂

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    50 minutes ago, left channel said:

     

    Oh wait, scratch my last answer, apparently they did officially say something! "According to Qobuz Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist David Solomon the launch date is February 14, 2019– Valentine’s Day!"  http://www.audiophilia.com/reviews/2019/1/29/qobuz  Silly me, listening to the product staff instead of marketing. 🙂

    I was sitting on this scoop for a couple weeks. then someone blurts it out ahead of the official go-ahead 🤬

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    Can anyone verify if Qobuz carries the bands Metallica or Tool in their catalog?  These are the 2 main bands that Tidal doesn't cover for me.  

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    @ShawnC Tool’s music is not available digitally for anyone at this time. You can’t even buy it as a download as far as I know. Metallica controls it’s own rights in the USA and we are working on getting them into Qobuz. 

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    11 hours ago, left channel said:

    Oh wait, scratch my last answer, apparently they did officially say something! "According to Qobuz Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist David Solomon the launch date is February 14, 2019– Valentine’s Day!"  http://www.audiophilia.com/reviews/2019/1/29/qobuz  Silly me, listening to the product staff instead of marketing. 🙂

     

    Yes, very foolish of you to believe the people who are doing the work above and beyond the marketers. Jeez...

     

    My question is: when do we expect to have a more or less complete set of music on Qobuz. I think I will go with the reps answer instead.

     

    I ask because prior to cancelling Tidal, I would like to do a final map of albums.

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    4 hours ago, miguelito said:

     

    Yes, very foolish of you to believe the people who are doing the work above and beyond the marketers. Jeez...

     

    My question is: when do we expect to have a more or less complete set of music on Qobuz. I think I will go with the reps answer instead.

     

    I ask because prior to cancelling Tidal, I would like to do a final map of albums.

     

    Yes, how foolish of me. 🙂 Someone doing the work estimated it would take a couple more months to expand the catalog to where they'd be comfortable, so I recommend keeping your Tidal subscription for at least one more month after the Qobuz launch.

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