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Amazon Music launches lossless streaming tier

Amazon has introduced Amazon Music HD to offer users lossless versions of audio files.

The new tier of the company's music service will give people the chance to stream or download tracks at price undercutting rival Tidal.

While Amazon will charge $14.99 a month for the HD option - $12.99 for Amazon Prime customers - Tidal's own monthly Hi-Fi plan costs $19.99.

The online retailer's high definition catalogue - CD-quality it depth of 16 bits and a 44.1kHz sample rate - will include over 50 million songs, while somewhere between one million and 10 million can be played in Ultra HD (24-bit with sample rates from of 16 bits and a 44.1kHz sample rate).

They will be delivered in the lossless FLAC format, rather than Tidal's MQA format.

Amazon's VP of Music Steve Boom told The Verge: "It's a pretty big deal that one of the big three global streaming services is doing this -- we're the first one."

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