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Qobuz in US?

I've heard that the streaming service Qobuz is coming to the US, but has anybody heard when? I thought they originally said "fall 2018".
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Press Release received today:
November 28, 2018

Qobuz Prepares for US Launch, Announces Pricing Plan

Qobuz, the world’s first and only certified Hi-Res streaming and download service, has spent the fall laying the groundwork for its early 2019 US launch. Providing the first opportunity music fans in the United States will have to experience true Hi-Res audio streamed, Qobuz has already secured a multi-million track Hi-Res catalog ahead of launch, and today announces its US pricing plan.

A revolutionary development in accessibility of a high quality music library, Qobuz offers the most true Hi-Res music of any streaming service. The 24-bit streaming FLAC files can be played on any equipment and require no special processing. Qobuz allows unlimited importing of music in any quality on all the user’s devices, and, with its up to 24-bit/192k Hi-Res download store, will continue to offer consumers options that flow substantial revenues back to creators.

US audiophiles have been eagerly awaiting Qobuz’s arrival stateside since its 2007 founding in France. In eleven European countries, Qobuz is already the streaming and download service of choice for true music connoisseurs looking for the highest possible quality. This premium reputation is based on both the unparalleled audio quality Qobuz offers, as well as its focus on deep metadata, complete digital booklets, interactive articles and reviews, and exclusive playlists, all available conveniently in-app on every platform. John H Darko of audiophile site Darko Audio said “The big story this year is the arrival of Qobuz to American shores.” Herb Reichert of Stereophile said “When I compare Qobuz' 44.1 sound to [CD quality] … I feel certain I will carry weapons and fight on the front lines to make sure Hi-Res streaming is here to stay.” The LA Times’ classical music critic Mark Swed called it “the greatest record store that has ever existed.”

The beta version of Qobuz is currently being tested in the US preceding wide release, and the finalized pricing 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 ($199.9 annually).
- Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually).

A US launch date will be announced soon, and here are some of Qobuz’s other preparations:
- It opened its US headquarters in NYC.
- It publicly presented itself on the 2018 audio show circuit as Official Streaming Platform at most major shows, and sealed partnership with the most prestigious audio companies. In 2019, Qobuz heads to Audio Expo North America (Chicago, April 2019) and the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
- It has secured exclusive editorial content and prioritized hard-to-find jazz and classical cuts to round out the diverse catalog.
At launch, Qobuz will be available on all Mac/iOS/Android/Windows operating systems. To stay updated on the coming USA launch, please contact Mark Satlof and Hannah Schwartz.


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 24/192 resolution from all genres. For more information: www.qobuz.com.

Kal Rubinson

"Music in the Round"
Senior Contributing Editor, Stereophile
http://www.stereophile.com/category/music-round

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Great info. Thanks! I also heard that Qobuz will partner with Roon for integration in their platform. I wonder if Roon will keep Tidal once this happens?
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Are their any AVS'ers on here, either overseas or in the U.S. "closed beta" program, who want to share their thoughts/experiences so far? I'm *very* interested in this... Specifically, for me at least:

- How does scanning/incorporating your own titles work? Does it "live monitor" your files (adding new albums automatically when they appear in the monitored folders)? Any problems with metadata/matching? Does it end up having a seperate "Qobuz copy" of the album/track and your copy, the way Google Play Music does, or does it recognize your copy as *the* copy and replaces it?

- If you have files at 24/44.1 or 24/96 that you incorporate/upload, will it allow you to play them back at 24/44.1 or 24/96 if you "only" have the 16/44.1 "Hi-Fi" tiered subscription? Similarly, with the basic $9.99 package, can your 16/44.1 redbook rips still stream at full rate? If your library came through at whatever resolution you owned it at, regardless of streaming tier, that would be a GREAT feature...

- Any issues/performance with Google Cast?

- What kind of web browser support is there? Tidal doesn't support Hi-Fi over browsers other than Chrome, which was a dealbreaker for me (due to circumstances beyond my control regarding my employer)...

- Are album purchases backed-up/redownloadable, the way they are with 7digital (but not HDTracks)?

- Do the app(s) support software EQ?

Any input is appreciated.

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I think a more important question is the provenance of the files - I've seen some evaluations of the files and they were just upscaled files from CD quality to 24/96, so you were paying a premium for a file that offers no more quality than the CD, but takes a heck of a lot more space.
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