HDmusicStream: HDtracks New All-MQA Streaming Service

Yes, you read that right. HDtracks, the grandfather of hi-res download sites, will be launching their own streaming service, HDmusicStream, which will feature all MQA-encoded music all the time, later this year.

HDtracks have chosen 7digital to provide app development, host the music catalogue on its platform, and deliver tracks to consumers. Here's Pete Downton, Deputy CEO of 7digital (as reported in StockMarketWire.com):

"We are excited today to be able to confirm our relationship with HDtracks. The Grammy Award-winning label Chesky Records—from HDtracks founders David and Norman Chesky—has, for many years, set the highest standards in high resolution audio.

Their pursuit of excellence will soon be available to audiophile music fans in a streaming service for the first time".

Of course this raises many questions including (but not limited to):
  1. How much
  2. How many
  3. When
  4. Is this the end of the world
AudioStream will be providing answers to these questions, and more, as soon as we get 'em.

Anton's picture

This could compete for my Tidal dollars!

If you follow up with him, a question that would help me a great deal: What download speeds would be required for his Hi Rez selections?

Probably most people don't suffer with bandwidth limitations like rural me, so this would be my main question!

The future is getting closer all the time!


sg60's picture

Another question is what countries will it be available in?

Wilson's picture

I've been waiting a couple years for someone to step in and offer a streaming service with a better interface than Tidal (anyone can make a better interface - I've never been able to shuffle a playlist using their desktop app, for example).

bobflood's picture

if there is enough hi-res material (MQA or otherwise) to make a streaming service dedicated to hi-res only viable.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...is enough?
bobflood's picture

I have no idea but I suspect that it is a lot more than what is available at the moment. Tidal has about 3000 albums in MQA (if you can find them) and Quobuz says they have 70,000 available under their new hi-res streaming tier. The key will be to have a large and diversified library to get people to subscribe to what will surely be a second add on streaming service.

Time will tell.

bobflood's picture

If a tree falls in a recording studio and no audiophile is around; is the resulting file MP3 or MQA?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...in recording studios.
Anton's picture

What is the frequency response of an Acoustat 2+2 playing on the lunar surface?

monkeybrsin's picture

"In space, no one can hear you scream." according to the movie ALIEN. But, research shows that "Sound can leap across a vacuum after all" https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827804-600-sound-can-leap-acros...

scottsol's picture

In the experiment what leaped the gap was a varying electric field, not sound.

AS1969's picture

Any competition to Tidal and Spotify is welcome. But I will stay with Spotify just for the convenience - all my friends are using it and it's very easy to share playlists around.


reggieb's picture

Tidal isn't even Spotify's largest competitor...Apple Music has 10 times the subscribers, Deezer has about the same number of subscribers as Tidal, and Google doesn't say, but I'd bet based on some of the data out there that they're somewhere in between Deezer/Tidal and Apple (but closer to the bottom end of that).

Anyway, the point is that it's a fairly robust marketplace as-is, and there might not be a lot of room for another entrant unless they do something pretty special.

doctorrazz's picture

I would like them to indicate the Providence of all music, and allow streaming of all Hi Rez music not just MQA lossy. Most Audiophiles what a choice, not just upsampled MQA music.