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Amazon Music HD partners with Universal and Warner

By | Published on Monday 5 October 2020

Amazon Music HD

Amazon has convinced Universal Music and Warner Music to remaster thousands of recordings for its Amazon Music HD service.

Launched a year ago, the Amazon Music HD streaming package costs £5 more than the next tier down and offers users the full Amazon Music catalogue in higher quality audio, plus a portion of that catalogue in an ‘ultra high definition’ format.

Five million songs are already available in high definition and that collection will now be significantly boosted by these new deals. Select songs will also be remixed for the Dolby Atmos and Sony 360RA 3D audio formats.

“We launched Amazon Music HD last year with a promise to always offer our customers the best quality recording available for streaming”, says Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “With this partnership, we are building upon that promise by upgrading existing recordings to make the listening experience even better, and preserving artistic legacy for future generations”.

“We are THRILLED to have the support from Universal Music and Warner Music to deliver key recordings from their catalogues, exclusively for Amazon Music customers”, he adds. “We’ll continue to work with more labels to upgrade the digital quality of even more audio recordings, and provide customers with all of the emotion, power, clarity, and nuance of original recordings across all genres”.

“Amazon Music continues to push the boundaries in sound fidelity and innovation, and we’re THRILLED to partner with them to accelerate the availability of our catalogue in the highest quality formats possible and to provide new experiences in immersive audio”, adds Michael Nash, Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy at Universal Music Group.

“Our announcement today” he then says, “is the next big step in an ongoing partnership and music fans on Amazon Music HD can look forward to incredible new ways to experience the latest releases, as well as their favourite songs from Universal Music Group and our labels”.

Kevin Gore, President of Global Catalogue, Recorded Music at Warner Music Group, chips in: “We’re always excited about new opportunities for fans to experience music in the highest sound quality available, exactly as the artist intended. With Amazon Music HD … music lovers are now able to immerse themselves in the original recordings at an unprecedented level of fidelity for a price that had previously been out of range”.

“Warner Music is proud to partner with Amazon Music on this initiative”, he concludes, “and will continue to deliver groundbreaking new music from the world’s greatest artists along with iconic albums and songs from our unparalleled catalogue”.

Amazon Music HD is currently available in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Canada and Japan.