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Amazon Music HD (plug)

Discussion in 'music' started by Tony L, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Given a lot of folk here enjoy streaming I’m actually going to plug this for a while is there is a good promotion on for both new sign-ups and from an affiliate perspective (pfm makes a decent fee per sign-up). So, here’s a link: Amazon Music HD.

    PS Please feel free to discuss the content etc! I’ve no idea how the available library compares to other equivalents such as Apple, Qobus, Spotify or whatever, I’m just plugging it as there is a good affiliate rate at present and as it is HD some here may well be interested. I still buy records and CDs!
     
    Lefty, Stuart Frazer, GavinB and 2 others like this.
  2. redmcq

    redmcq pfm Member

    Cheers I will check it out
     
    evand likes this.
  3. smegger68

    smegger68 Mango Enthusiast

    Been using it for about a year now, much better quality than Spotify if not - quite - the selection.
     
  4. Bourneendboy

    Bourneendboy pfm Member

    Is there any way of using with a Raspberry Pi?
     
  5. smegger68

    smegger68 Mango Enthusiast

    Amazon being who they are they don't like giving out API details to developers. At the min you have to install a gui O/S and run the web music player in a web browser. Works fine though.
     
    myles and Bourneendboy like this.
  6. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    I listen to it via Amazon Music HD app on iPod touch-Dragonfly Black-Sennheiser HD600.

    Quality is superb!
     
  7. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Balls to that then! I’ll give my hard-earned to Spotify, Qobuz or Tidal who don’t see the need for such restrictions.
     
    marshanp likes this.
  8. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    MP3 only in France.
     
  9. Rana

    Rana pfm Member

    I'm on a free trial and have stopped paying for Tidal and Spotify Premium. At the end of the trial I will use above link to sign up. As I already have Prime, there is a reduced up-front payment which gives Music HD at approx Spotify Premium/Std Tidal costs. Sound is excellent but range is not Spotify-extensive nor does it have as-good recommendation algorithms. Also DLNA not currently supported so having to compromise using a Chromecast Audio on optical out into my Audionet streamer amp's on-board DAC, not ideal but very acceptable sound. For my loft system I have bough a Klipsch R-Play streamer that supports Amazon with non-optional variable line out running direct into my Linx monoblocks - stonkingly good sound!
     
  10. evand

    evand pfm Member

    Pity Amazon don't actually give a shit about your being able to listen to the stuff through anything but their own crap. No way I'm going to bother with their hrnstuff without an ability to get it to my DAC without it having been forced through an Amazon device or os mixer
     
  11. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Surely that is the case with every streaming service on the planet? This is streaming, not ownership, so you can’t have the ‘files’ as you don’t own the music. As I understand it they’ll all (Amazon, Spotify etc) work via a standard web browser, maybe with a DRM plug-in of some kind to prevent theft. Certainly don’t confuse streaming with HD Tracks or whatever where you are actually buying the album for your own use. That is an entirely different licensing model, and far more similar to vinyl, CD, SACD etc.
     
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  12. evand

    evand pfm Member

    No confusion, I fully understand streaming, howecer, in Amazon's case you cannot get their streamed audio to your DAC unfettered. As far asTas idI know they dohdo not have any devices that will enable the audio stream to pass through to your DAC without having first been passed through their devices, downsampled to what the device can handle and then sent on to one's DAC.
     
  13. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    Which makes it a total non starter for anyone serious about achieving similar sound quality to locally stored files.
     
  14. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Again I don’t understand your definition of “unfettered”. All streaming I have seen (Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music etc) requires the use of either an app or a web browser, i.e. it all goes via a computer, phone or tablet OS. Even the “dedicated” stuff like the old Logitec Slim thing was conceptually no different to an Apple AE or Google thingy. It needs to be this way due to DRM etc. I would assume Amazon HD will interface to your DAC via your computer USB or optical out, just like all its competitors. Surely? Web browser or app, what is the difference?
     
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  15. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    From what i have read it seems to be very difficult to stream files to non heos products.
    Certainly high rez files.
    Anyone had any success?
     
  16. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    I cannot get it to send anything but 48.0 khz when connected directly via usb2.0.
    Could be my pc is incapable of outputting higher than this.
     
  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    What OS etc? Often the sample rate is defined in the OS somewhere, e.g. with MacOS you’ll find a lot of it needs configuring/tweaking in the ‘Audio & MIDI’ utility.

    PS I’m saying this as a general digital audio point, I know nothing about high-res subscription streaming!
     
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  18. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

  19. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    You can’t use chrome cast either with an iPhone.
    Seems they are making it complicated to me.
     
  20. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    Trying tidal now on 3 month trial.
    Easy to set up, streams to chromecast and works with sb touch!
    Sound quality seems better.
     
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