In a somewhat surprising move, Qobuz has announced that it has discontinued its MP3 streaming tier and will start offering a $14.99 plan titled Studio Premier that includes unlimited access to the streaming service’s entire Hi-res and CD lossless catalog.
While the change is certainly interesting, the company revealed that the new plan is a limited time promotion available for the first 100,000 customers who sign up for new accounts. As mentioned earlier, if you sign up for the new plan, you will get unlimited access to all of the service’s contents as well as the company’s exclusive editorial and metadata contents.
Talking about the decision to drop the tier, Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz USA, said, “MP3 is really bad for music, artists, and listeners – so Qobuz is saying ‘no’ to MP3 and now offers only real studio quality in one accessible plan. Studio Premier is a special offer we’ve been dying to make.”
“With the new plan, we will be pouring gasoline on the growth that has been kindled by our unique relationships in the premium audio hardware and retail industries.”
“Our unequalled editorial and curation in specialist genres, and our focus on the culture around music and audio will continue to create value for listeners. Qobuz does all this because our users’ passion for music is worth it!”