The service offers millions of songs with lossless encoding in the so-called Ultra HD quality 24-bit with a sampling rate of 192KHz. After that, you'll pay $14.99 per month (or $12.99 per month for Prime members) or an additional $5 on top of your current individual or Family Plan subscription.
To get started, customers in the US, UK, Germany and Japan can head on over to the Amazon Music page, click on "Try it free", select which plan best fits your needs, and you're ready to bask in droves of high def delight.
For Amazon's new premium-tier music service, the band have take on "I'm Your Puppet" - written Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and made famous by James & Bobby Purify - and the original version of "Now That You're Gone", which appeared on this year's Help Us Stranger.
"From rock to hip-hop to classical and pop, we believe listening to music at this level of sound will make customers fall in love again with their favorite music and artists", said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music.
Amazon Music HD is available beginning today.
If you're into Amazon Music, go check it out. However, you shouldn't upgrade your Amazon subscription just because you can.
Amazon Music has become the first of the "big three" streaming services to offer music in CD-quality audio. Sony has recently unveiled its new 360 Reality Audio.
There have been several attempts to market HD audio in the past, from DVD-Audio and Super Audio CDs to high-quality download stores like Neil Young's ill-fated Pono service. Amazon says the service is also compatible with many third-party devices, including most products from Denon and Marantz with HEOS Built-in, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Sonos, McIntosh, Sennheiser, and many more.
"But what's been missing along the way is the focus on quality", he said.
Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? "So convenience is built in with the way that streaming has worked, and now it's time to bring quality back as well".