What Is Qobuz?

Hi-Res audio streaming comes to the USA

The Qobuz app running on the iPhone and a tablet.

Qobuz is a music streaming/download service founded in 2008. Service began in France and expanded to other key European countries. It became available in the U.S. in 2019. The goal of Qobuz is to provide the highest-quality digitally delivered music for serious listeners.

The Qobuz music service takes its name from an ancient Kazakstani/Central Asian musical instrument known as a "Kobyz", which was often used in religious rituals to combat evil spirits and disease. 

Qobuz is available in these countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

A Qobuz account is linked to the country where it was created but you can use an account to listen to music anywhere in the world (based on the offerings of the country account). However, due to differences in licensing and distribution agreements, not all music offerings may be available via all country-specific accounts.

Qobuz Streaming and Download Plans

Qobuz offers a 30-day free trial. If you continue after the free trial, you will be billed according to the plan you signed up for. 

You must provide a valid method of payment when signing up for the free trial, but you won't be charged if you before the end of the free trial. You can still listen free until the end of the 30-day period.

All plans provide streaming and download options. Here are your choices:

  • Premium: MP3 quality streaming at a max bit rate of 320 kbps. $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
  • Hi-Fi: CD quality (16-bits/44.1 kHz) streaming in the FLAC format. $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year. 
  • StudioHi-Res quality streaming (24-bits up to 192 kHz) FLAC format. $24.99 month or $249.99 year.
  • Sublime+: Hi-Res quality streaming plus a 40-60% discount off regular hi-res download prices. $299.99 year (no monthly option).

Sublime+ features are not included with the free trial offer.

What Qobuz Content to Expect

To complement audio quality, Qobuz provides a lot of content including:

Music

40 million+ songs that can be streamed/downloaded including 200,000+ albums in Hi-Res audio (185,000 can be streamed – the remaining are available for download purchase only).

Download pricing for specific music offerings may vary.

Qobuz Grand Selection

Panoramas

In-depth articles designed to boost your musical experience and knowledge of an artist, label, period, genre, album or discography. 

Qobuz Panoramas

The Taste of Qobuz

Check out music via ‘Qobuzissime’, which includes Qobuz suggested new releases, Discographies, and more...

The Taste of Qobuz

News and More

Music and Artist News, Hi-Fi (equipment news and reviews about Qobuz compatible equipment), Qobuz and You (how to use Qobuz features), and Videos (video of the day, music performances and artist interviews/profiles).

Qobuz News Feed

How to Create a Qobuz Account

To create an account, open the Qobuz home page on a PC or mobile device and then click or tap Try for Free or My Account on the Qobuz home page. You will be taken to a sign-in/sign-up page—choose Sign-up, enter the required information and follow any additional prompts.

Qobuz WebPlayer

Qobuz can be accessed directly using its WebPlayer option via a compatible web browser without having an app installed on a PC or mobile device as long as you have an account.

The Qobuz WebPlayer is optimized for Chrome but may be playable on other browsers.

Qobuz Web Player Example

Qobuz Connect

Qobuz is compatible with many devices that support Chromecast (aka GoogleCast), Airplay, and Bluetooth

Not all Bluetooth versions and devices support hi-res audio streaming. AAC and MP3 support are most common. AptX supports CD-quality, while AptX HD is required for hi-res audio streaming up to 24bit/48kHz

Qobuz Connect
Qobuz

Qobuz with Sonos 

If you have a Sonos system, you can add Qobuz to your music listening options. Here's how to do this via the Sonos Mobile App:

  1. Open the Sonos App. Tap More and then tap Add Music Services.

    Sonos App – Add Music Services
  2. Select Qobuz from the list of available music services, then Select: I already have an account.

    Sonos App – Select and Add Qobuz
  3. When prompted, enter your Qobuz username and password, follow any additional steps, and confirm Qobuz addition.

    Sonos App – Qobuz Account Sign-in and Confirmation

You can also add Qobuz to Sonos using the Sonos PC or Mac App via similar steps.

How to Renew or Cancel Qobuz

A subscription will renew automatically at the end of the month or year of a selected plan.

You can stop a subscription any time, even during the trial period. You will be able to continue the service until the end of the current period.

After stopping your subscription, you won't have access to streaming or downloading, but your account will always be available along with previously purchased downloaded content.

To Unsubscribe From Qobuz

  1. Sign in to your Qobuz account via their website.

    Qobuz Account Sign-In Page
  2. After logging in, click on My Profile.

    Qobuz My Profile Prompt on Home Page
  3. In your account profile, go to My Account Settings

    Qobuz My Account Page
  4. Scroll down the account settings page and click Unsubscribe or Delete my Qobuz account permanently. Note the conditions of each choice and make sure your action is validated.

    Qobuz Unsubsribe and Account Cancel Options

If you are subscribed to Qobuz via a third-party app (Apple, Last.fm), you must cancel your account through their service.

The Bottom Line

Qobuz is targeted at serious music listeners. It has an extensive content library that is continually updated with both popular and niche music and artists. Music content can be streamed directly or downloaded via purchase. 

The inclusion of editorial content complements music offerings by providing users comprehensive use tips, news, and information on the music, artists, and equipment that you can use to listen to Qobuz.

The 30-day free trial option aids in the decision to commit to one of its pricing plans.