Deezer And Sonos

Posted : admin On 1/2/2022

by Mike Snider

Wireless speaker maker Sonos is blasting high-resolution music.

Music from streaming service Qobuz ($14.99 monthly or $149.99 annually, qobuz.com) can now be listened to in 'studio quality' high-resolution 24-bit quality on Sonos speakers, the companies say. Until now, Qobuz and other music streaming services on Sonos have topped out at CD-quality sound.

Music streaming services such as Tidal and Deezer offer high-resolution music on computers and apps, but they are reproduced in CD-quality on Sonos—at least for now. Sonos says more high-res partners could be coming.

Hi @DBrooks As you currently have a Deezer Premium offer subscribed through Apple, you will first need to cancel your current offer in order to upgrade to Deezer HiFi(On your iPhone go to settings iTunes & App Store click on your apple id and login signatures then just click Deezer and cancel). Once your Deezer account reverts to a free version after the current billing cycle ends, you can. For smart home or home audio enthusiasts Deezer also works closely with a number of brands to get their service on everything from Google Home and Amazon Echo devices to Sonos speakers and Onkyo recievers. Deezer and Sonos Check for service outages with Deezer on Sonos at status.sonos.com Note: You’ll need a Deezer Premium+ or Deezer HiFi account to use Deezer with your Sonos system.

High-resolution streamed music of CD-quality or better has been a niche offering for years, but there are signs the market is blossoming. There's enough interest that Spotify, the music streaming market leader, plans to offer a new Spotify HiFi subscription level later this year.

Spotify has the largest share of U.S. digital music listeners, capturing nearly 25%, or 218.6 million who are expected to listen to digital audio this year, estimates eMarketer. In comparison, Amazon Music captures about 15%; Apple Music, 11%.

Comparatively, Qobuz, which became available in the U.S. in 2019, is much smaller, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, the company says. But a majority of its 70 million-plus tracks are in 24-bit/192 kHz Hi-Res quality. That is roughly 29 times the quality of MP3 and better than CDs, which are mastered at 16-bit/44.1 kHz. (The more bits and higher sampling rate should result in richer sound.)

During the coronavirus pandemic, music quality has become more important, says Qobuz U.S. managing director Dan Mackta. 'People have had more attention to pay to music, especially at home, so there's been more time to get into the sounds and the tech we use to enjoy it,' he told U.S. TODAY in an email exchange.

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This is timely for Santa Barbara, California-based Sonos, which touts having speakers in 11 million homes. And it is just about to bring to market the portable wireless Roam speaker ($169), its newest product, next month. The new speaker will stream Qobuz Hi-Res music when used on Wi-Fi.

Sonos, which became a public company in 2018, has become more than just a speaker company. Its own ad-supported Sonos Radio service launched in April 2020 and a paid subscription service ($7.99 monthly, no ads) became available in November.

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Deezer and Sonos Bring Music Lovers The First Global High-Resolution Streaming Experience

Deezer Elite and Sonos Offer Audio Enthusiasts High Quality Audio Streaming Exclusively Available On Sonos and Through Home Integrators

Deezer, the premier digital streaming music service, and Sonos®, an innovator in wireless home audio products, today announced an exclusive partnership that will bring streaming High-Resolution Audio (HRA) to music lovers around the world. Deezer’s product “Deezer Elite” is the first global HRA streaming service available to consumers and it’s offered exclusively through Sonos, a system of smart speakers that let you stream all your favorite music to any room in your home in high fidelity sound. As part of the global launch, US consumers can access a Deezer product on their Sonos system for the first time ever.

Music quality has gone backwards from vinyl to CDs to MP3s and Deezer Elite reverses that trend. For the very first time, music lovers everywhere can stream music with the depth and richness of what the artist intended. Deezer Elite subscribers can choose from Deezer’s 35 million track library and stream FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files at a standard of 1,411 kbps or higher in any room, or multiple rooms together through Sonos speakers and components.

“Deezer has built a global audience of over 16 million people by meeting the many needs of music consumers. Audio enthusiasts no longer have to choose between a streaming service and high quality audio, with Deezer Elite they can have both for the first time,” said Tyler Goldman, CEO of Deezer North America. “We are focused on super-serving the needs of underserved market segments to continue to grow the music streaming category.”

Deezer Elite on Sonos Features:

  • Enjoy music the way it was made, at 5X the top bitrate of other streaming services
  • Get the largest music catalogue in the world at your fingertips, with over 35 million songs
  • Discover new music through Deezer radio, recommendations, top playlists and friends
  • Synch all of your past music history from any service to get started immediately
  • Listen to your music on any device, including smart phone, tablet and TV
  • Explore artists and albums, and interact with other music fans through comments and shared music
  • Get on-demand playlist recommendations and expertise with your personal music concierge
  • Elite Customer Service to help you configure your devices, import your music collection and answer questions 24/7
  • The promotional price for Deezer Elite on Sonos is $9.99 a month for users that sign up for a full year of service. This is 50% off the regular price of $19.99 a month. The cost for users that opt to pay monthly is $14.99 for the new high resolution streaming music service.
  • Sonos customers in the US can try Deezer Elite in beta on September 15 with a 30-day free trial.

MP3s made music transfer and sharing easier than ever, but the files needed to be compressed due to storage and bandwidth limitations, leading to a noticeable loss in sound quality. Now you can listen to performances as the artist intended with digital lossless captures of original analog audio sources. Deezer defines HRA as the same or higher sampling frequency and bit depth of a physical CD, which is 16-bit/44.1kHz or 1,411 bitrate (kbps), captured in a lossless format like FLAC, WAV etc. With the vast majority of music listeners using MP3 format (320 kbps or lower), the 1,411 bitrate standard represents a significant jump in music quality.

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“The world of streaming is accelerating and as great music services like Deezer expand, it’s an exciting thing for our customers,” said Sonos CEO, John MacFarlane. “With the introduction of Deezer Elite, you can easily stream your favorite music in high definition audio on any Sonos speaker throughout the home.”

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) published research that showed consumers are ready to embrace HRA, and that the appeal of high quality audio electronics extends beyond enthusiasts. CEA research finds four in ten (40 percent) consumers with a moderate interest in audio indicate they are willing to pay more for high quality audio electronics devices. Nine in ten consumers say sound quality is the most important component of a quality audio experience.

Deezer Elite will first be available in the US on September 15th through Sonos and Home Integrators, followed by a global rollout. There are approximately 22,000 Home Integrators in the US that represent an estimated $14 Billion in annual revenue, according to a CEDIA industry study. Professional integrators can enroll in Deezer Elite for Sonos at pro.deezer.com to offer the product exclusively.

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