Streaming Music, Podcasts, & Audio What Is Qobuz? Hi-Res audio streaming comes to the USA By Robert Silva Writer Robert Silva has written about audio, video, and home theater topics since 1998. Robert has written for Dishinfo.com, and made appearances on the YouTube series Home Theater Geeks. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Robert Silva Updated February 09, 2020 Music, Podcasts, & Audio Music For Your Life Audio Streaming Podcasts Radio CDs, MP3s, & Other Media Tweet Share Email 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: AustriaBelgiumIrelandItalyFranceGermanyLuxembourgNetherlandsSpainSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUSA 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 (U.S.). Here are your choices: Studio Premiere: CD quality (16-bits/44.1 kHz) streaming in the FLAC format and Hi-Res quality streaming (24-bits up to 192 kHz) FLAC format. $14.99 month or $150.00 per year.Sublime+: Hi-Res quality streaming plus a 40-60% discount off regular hi-res download prices. $249.99 year (no monthly option). Sublime+ features are not included with the free trial offer. Also, there is no longer an MP3 quality plan. The previous Hi-Fi and Studio plans have been combined into the Studio Premier plan. Download Qobuz for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android 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. Panoramas In-depth articles designed to boost your musical experience and knowledge of an artist, label, period, genre, album or discography. The Taste of Qobuz Check out music via ‘Qobuzissime’, which includes Qobuz suggested new releases, Discographies, and more... 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). 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 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 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: Open the Sonos App. Tap More and then tap Add Music Services. Select Qobuz from the list of available music services, then Select: I already have an account. When prompted, enter your Qobuz username and password, follow any additional steps, and confirm Qobuz addition. 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 Sign in to your Qobuz account via their website. After logging in, click on My Profile. In your account profile, go to My Account Settings 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. 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.