This fall, Qobuz, a hybrid lossless and hi-res music streaming and download service based in France, will finally become available in the US.
US=based Chief High-Res Evangelist David Solomon announced in an interview that the service will soft launch at the CEDIA Expo in September and will be the official streaming partner at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in October. Qobuz will enter the US market with 130,000 albums (about 2 million tracks) in high resolution available for streaming and download.
Solomon compared Qobuz to “Apple Music, if it were high-resolution.” Says Solomon, “You can stream and download music. Unlike Apple and Tidal, Qobuz will be the first streaming platform in North America that offers true high-resolution music, up to 24-bit/192-kHz. There’s no need for a special DAC or server. Qobuz “unfolds” resolutions from 16/44 to 24/192 on any computer or capable device from FLAC files.”