Qobuz

Qobuz restructures its offering

The streaming and download provider Qobuz is now offering a new design for music streaming subscriptions. All subscriptions offered will now provide access to high-definition content, and the price of the so-called family subscriptions has also been adapted.


The market for music streaming is really highly competitive. Even if in the end there are only a handful of companies which are really important from an international point of view, it is extremely difficult for them to differentiate their offers from those of their competitors. As the products offered by most suppliers are more or less equally positioned in terms of quantity, there are two main characteristics that can be used to compete for the favour of customers. First of all, the availability of the offer on different terminals, whereby here too there is always a neck-and-neck race. Thus, last but not least, the price remains the most important factor…

The French company Qobuz is now focusing precisely on the price, in order to bind as many customers as possible with its offer, and is presenting a new pricing structure. Both individual subscriptions and the so-called family subscriptions will now be available at more favourable conditions than before, with Hi-res Audio content now included in all available subscriptions.

Qobuz claims to be the reference platform for music streaming and music downloads, with an offer of more than 60 million song titles. Among these, Qobuz is said to have the largest selection of Hi-res Audio data on the market, which, as described above, will now be available with all subscriptions offered.

The new pricing will offer a unique high-definition streaming and download experience, the French said, pursuing the vision of being the musical platform for music lovers, audiophiles and discerning listeners, as they themselves literally put it on record. A very important aspect from Qobuz’s point of view is the wide range of editorial content, with more than 500,000 album reviews, artist biographies and countless playlists already available.

Customers can now choose from two subscriptions, Qobuz Studio Premier and Qobuz Studio Sublime.

Qobuz Studio Premier includes music streaming in studio quality, as described by the company itself, with content at least in “CD quality”, i.e. FLAC with 16 bit and 44.1 kHz, and also content in hi-res audio, and thus FLAC with up to 24 bit and 192 kHz. Depending on whether one decides to take out a monthly or annual subscription, Qobuz Studio Premier is offered at a price of € 19.99 per month or once a year at € 179.99, which ultimately amounts to € 14.99 per month.

Qobuz Studio Sublime is a combination of music streaming and discounted download offers and is offered at a price of € 249.99 per year. This results in a monthly price of € 20.83. In addition to pure music streaming in CD or Studio Master quality, downloads are also available at reduced prices.

If you want to use music streaming for the whole family, you can choose between Qobuz Studio Premier Family with monthly or annual billing and Qobuz Studio Sublime Family.

Qobuz Studio Premier Family with monthly billing is supposed to cost € 39.9, whereby there is no obligation. If, on the other hand, you book for a year, this costs € 349.99, which results in a monthly charge of € 29.16. Qobuz Studio Sublime Family with a one-year commitment costs € 499, which translates into € 41.66 per month.

The family subscriptions are each designed for up to six members.

“We are convinced that we are at the forefront of a movement that will put listening quality back at the centre of the music market. After discontinuing our MP3 subscription a few months ago, we are now focusing our offer on Hi-Res. We are delighted to launch our new offers, which are designed to allow the largest possible number of people to experience the best sound quality, the only one that respects the artist’s work and allows musical emotions to be fully expressed. Moreover, our Family offer will make it possible to sensitise the ear of the youngest listeners to sound quality and to immerse them in the musical universe with the richness of our editorial content.”

Georges Fornay, Deputy CEO Qobuz

Getting to the point

As was to be expected, the French company Qobuz is now looking at the price in order to bind as many customers as possible with its range of products and services, and thus assert itself against its competitors. The company is presenting a new pricing structure for both individual subscriptions and so-called family subscriptions. From now on, these will be available at more favourable conditions than before, with Hi-res Audio content now included in all available subscriptions.

Manufacturer:Qobuz
Distribution:Qobuz
Price:Qobuz Studio Premier € 179.99 per year (equivalent to € 14.99 per month)
Qobuz Studio Premier € 19.99 per month without binding
Qobuz Studio Sublime € 249.99 per year (equivalent to € 20.83 per month)
Qobuz Studio Premier Family € 349.99 per year (equivalent to € 29.16 per month)
Qobuz Studio Premier Family € 34.99 per month without binding
Qobuz Studio Sublime Family € 499 per year (equivalent to € 41.66 per month)

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