What is the best lossless music streaming service today?

Lossless audio streaming on music streaming services has become popular. Proof of this was the announcement of “Hi-Fi” on Spotify, a platform that in the second quarter of 2021 had the largest share of the streaming market, with 31%, according to market research firm Mídia Research. Today we already have 5 music streaming services in Brazil that offer lossless music streaming, find out which one is the best!

There are several aspects that we can analyze to define which music streaming service is more worthwhile. Of course, each user has a different weight for the different features, but the main differences will be shown here so that you can easily decide which is the best lossless music streaming service today.

Where is Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio and/or 360 Reality Audio offered?

Currently, only Apple Music supports Spatial Audio, as it is a proprietary format created by Apple for the company’s devices. Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality are present on Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited and Apple Music. However, it is important to remember that in the case of Tidal, these technologies are only available in the Hi-Fi Plus plan, while the other services already provide the benefit in the most basic plan.

On which streaming service is MQA present?

So far, only the Tidal streaming service supports the MQA audio format. Access our article to find out what it is and how to have a complete experience with this type of file used on the Swedish platform for streaming lossless music in the cloud.

Which lossless music streaming service has the highest audio resolution?

The lossless music streaming service that delivers the highest resolution audio today is Tidal, which offers tracks up to 24-bit/352 kHz. Apple Music, Qobuz and Amazon Music offer the same maximum streaming resolution: 24bits/192Khz. Deezer is the lowest resolution lossless streaming platform available today.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited: From 16bit/44.1Khz to 24bit/192Khz;
  • Apple Music: From 16bit/44.1Khz to 24bit/192Khz;
  • Deezer Hi-Fi: 16-bit/44.1Khz only;
  • Tidal: From 16-bit/44.1Khz to 24-bit/352kHz on the Hi-Fi Plus plan and 16-bit/44.1Khz on the Hi-Fi plan;
  • Qobuz: From 16bit/44.1kHz to 24bit/192kHz.

Variety of songs and artists: Which lossless streaming service has the best library?

Considering lossless streaming services, the average number of songs on the platforms is the same, 90 million tracks. However, determining where the user will find the greatest variety of music is difficult to determine, as it involves the musical taste of each one and each streaming platform will end up offering something different and that may or may not please the person. Ideally, take the free trial offered and try to transfer your saved albums and playlists from one service to another (learn how through this tutorial).

Which Lossless Music Streaming Supports More Platforms?

In the realm of lossless music streaming services, Apple Music is the only one that doesn’t have a native app for Windows. It is only accessible through iTunes, which is used for various purposes by Apple users. That said, Deezer, Tidal, Amazon Music, and Qobuz are known to have apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS.

Among the platforms that have apps for more devices, Deezer and Tidal are the ones that have the most “rounder” apps. Next comes the Qobuz apps and lastly the Amazon Music apps.

How much do lossless streaming services charge for their plans in Brazil?

Check below how much music streaming platforms that offer lossless music streaming charge for their plans in Brazil.

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streaming service free version Basic plan Premium Plan Hi-fi plan family plan
Amazon Music Unlimited Yea Free playlists and radios BRL 16.90 BRL 16.90 BRL 25.90
Apple Music Yea free radios BRL 16.90 BRL 16.90 BRL 24.90
Deezer Hi-Fi No There is no hi-fi BRL 19.90 (not Hi-Fi) BRL 34.90 (Hi-Fi) There is no hi-fi
Qobuz No There is not There is not BRL 25.90 BRL 41.90
Tidal Yes (US only) free with advertisements BRL 16.90 (Hi-Fi) BRL 33.80 (Hi-Fi Plus) BRL 25.35 (Hi-fi) / BRL 50.70 (Hi-Fi Plus)

Conclusion

Taking into account all the factors mentioned above, Amazon Music would be the cheapest lossless streaming service, with more resources, present on most platforms with a good library available in Brazil. Even though it needs several improvements to deliver a more fluid interface in its applications, Amazon’s music streaming platform has the best cost-benefit ratio of all the aforementioned. Remembering that all these benefits are only available on Amazon Music Unlimited and not on Amazon Prime Music.

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