Canada is about to get another streaming music service–and if you like high-quality audio, pay attention

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Most Canadians believe that when it comes to streaming music services, we’re limited to Spotify, Apple Music, You Tube Music, and Amazon Music. Not true. There’s also Deezer (based out of France). And there’s Tidal, which has been a favourite of mine because it offers high-resolution audio. As an unrepentant audiophile, I appreciate the quality of music streamed through Tidal.

Canada will soon get another option when it comes to high-quality streams. Qobuz (also based in France) is finally coming this way in May. Audiophiles love this platform because it may have the highest resolution of all the platforms–up to 24 bit/192 khz. That’s as good as what the artist and producer hear in the studio. And with access to 100 million tracks…

Qobuz will offer a couple of other things that will set it apart from the competition. First, this may be the service with the greatest selection of music from Quebec anywhere online. Some 4,000 carefully created playlists featuring material from the entirety of Quebec’s music history will be available with the integration QUB Musique, an existing service pioneered by Quebecor, the media, entertainment, and telecommunications powerhouse. A fan of Francophone music? This ticks the boxes.

The second thing about Qobuz that I like is that it is a rich editorial environment featuring not just playlists, but liner notes, album reviews, feature articles, interviews, biographies, and more. Find something you like and need a deep dive into that artist/album/sound/scene? This is the service that will let you do it.

Qobuz will debut in Canada sometime in May. Pricing is TBA. Watch this space.

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