Fresh from la belle France, Qobuz has released its long-awaited hi-res music streaming and download site to the American market. Qobuz is touting its service as the largest collection of hi-res albums available for both streaming and download.
The company’s lush site explains the offerings for listeners that have eagerly (and patiently) waited for an official launch. Qobuz may end up doing a solid for two industries by its decisions regarding terminology. On Qobuz, lossless tracks in Red Book 44/16 are labeled as “CD- quality,” while hi-res music is named “Master Quality” and said to be “actually the same files that are used in recording studios.” Both qualities are available to the subscriber.
Issues of provenance aside, clear terminology for the quality level of music files continues to be a sticky subject for both audio companies and music labels. Keeping in mind that the phrase “Master Quality” is loaded on multiple levels, HRAC hopes Qobuz can get traction on these distinctions.
Higher than CD-quality, CD-quality, and lower than CD-quality seem like three perfectly comprehensible consumer choices. While we have a hard time with attaching the word “premium” to lossy MP3 files, HRAC wishes Qobuz good bon chance.