Tested: February 2020
- Number of songs: Over 50 million track
- Maximum streaming quality: 2,400kbps
- Compatible devices: iPhones/iPad, Android smartphones and tablet, Windows, Mac OS and Chrome OS laptops and computers
- Offline listening: Yes
- Free version: No
- Lyrics on-screen: No
Price: £14.99 per month or £24.99 per month if you want to purchase hi-res albums at a reduced rate
What is it?
Qobuz’s is a music streaming service targeting audiophiles. It has a catalogue of 50 million tracks and 210,000 are in hi-res audio. You can choose from four streaming qualities that detail the audio differently and view a digital version of the booklet that accompanies the album if you buy a physical copy, that’s along with a list of performers, composers and lyricists.
GHI expert verdict
This music streaming service is ideal for those that want to hear their favourite songs in crisp, hi-res audio. Though it’s expensive and lacks some of the more fun features found on other streaming services, such as sing-along or being able to watch music videos, it lets you discover every detail of each song.
There’s a great choice of music across all genres on Qobuz. On test, all of the current top 30 albums were available and 25 could also be streamed in hi-res. Having looked for a list of 60 best selling albums of all time, we found 58. However only 23 were available in hi-res, so it’s better for those that love new music. We like the panoramas feature that combines music and text to offer a backstage insight into artists and their albums.
While there’s a free trial, this music streaming service doesn’t have a free of charge option. Its playlists aren’t at the same level as other services, too.
- Ease of use: 3.8/5
- Design: 2.5/5
- Instructions: 3/5
- Performance: 4.3/5
How we tested
When looking at music streaming services, we evaluate the size of the catalogue and whether it can offer the best of new and classic music across all genres. We review the quality of the audio files and whether you’ll lose any detail, as well as trying out features including parental controls to block explicit lyrics, offline listening, gapless playback, the ability to watch music videos or sing along.
All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.