Qobuz Waives Download Revenue Share until April 26 – All Monies Passed to Rightsholders

France-based music streaming and download service Qobuz has launched a ‘giving back’ initiative named Gimme Shelter to help artists who’s livelihoods have been impacted from covid-19. The company is foregoing its cut of the profits on high-resolution downloads from its millions-deep, genre-rich catalog until April 26.

"With hats off to Bandcamp for leading the way with this brilliantly simple idea, Qobuz will similarly put its profit from download sales right back into the pipeline to help sustain the creators whose artistry makes a service like ours possible,” said Qobuz USA Managing Director Dan Mackta.

From the press release

While most acclaimed in the United States for its lossless and Hi-Res streaming service, Qobuz also imported its robust download store to the market because demanding fans everywhere want to be able to buy their music in the best available quality with no restrictions. The mainstream download services do not offer lossless music for sale, let alone Hi-Res better-than-CD-quality music.

The Qobuz download store features 50 million tracks in lossless (16-bit/44.1kHz) and Hi-Res (24-bit/up to 192kHz) and is highly regarded for its emphasis on jazz and classical labels, as well as eclectic self-released artists from around the world distributed through DIY aggregators. All will benefit from Gimme Shelter, an opportunity to discover and buy studio-quality music while helping Qobuz give extra support to the artists and creators in this time of crisis.

To help support this limited-time project, and stock-up on high-res downloads from the Qobuz store, click HERE.

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