Qobuz is a French commercial music streaming and downloading service. It was founded in 2007 by Yves Riesel, expanded to a limited range of overseas markets, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain, and launched in the US in May 2019. It offers a tiered subscription service and, like its competitor Tidal, provides free-of-charge streaming only for a trial period.
Qobuz offers four music streaming services: Qobuz Premium ($99.99/year), Qobuz HiFi ($199.99/year), Qobuz Studio ($249.99/year), and Qobuz Sublime ($299.99/year). A conclusion can be drawn that they all cost you a great deal per month. Yet if you subscribe to the plan, you are allowed to download Qobuz music on your device for offline playback. Have unlimited access to your music in High-Fidelity sound quality with Qobuz. Enjoy thousands of creative playlists for all occasions, and let Qobuz help you discover new music with exclusive editorial content (interviews, reviews, articles). Listen to your music wherever you want, whenever you want: Qobuz is available on all your devices, even without internet connection in the Offline. Enter for your chance to win a Hi-Res streaming system, complete with the award-winning NAD C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC and C 268 Power Amplifier, PSB Imagine X2T Tower Speakers, and a one-year streaming subscription to Qobuz Studio Premier.
At the end of 2015, after a period of financial uncertainty, Qobuz attracted a new investor, which allowed the service to continue operating.
As of 2021 Qobuz offers four music streaming services: Qobuz Premium, Qobuz HiFi, Qobuz Studio (a monthly or annual subscription that offers 24-bit streaming) and Qobuz Sublime+ (an annual subscription that offers 24-bit streaming and downloads at reduced cost in addition to the standard streaming service). The streaming service can be used via the web-based Qobuz Player, or by using the Qobuz Desktop player for Microsoft Windows and macOS; the Windows version may work under Linux with recent versions of Wine. Qobuz also provides Android and iOS applications, and Sonos support.
Qobuz offers digital music streaming in CD quality (FLAC 16-bit/44.1 kHz). Qobuz and Tidal are the only generally available CD-quality streaming services (Deezer Elite is restricted to Sonos users).Qobuz also provides a digital music downloading service, offering all downloads in CD-quality (16-bit) and some in 'Hi-Res' (high-resolution audio) quality (24-bit).
The company has a partnership with the British classical music magazine Gramophone, under which the magazine uses Qobuz to publish recommended playlists.