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What Is Qobuz? 2021

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In This ArticleStreaming and Download PlansQobuz ContentCreate an AccountRenew or Cancel QobuzThe Bottom Line

Qobuz is a music streaming and download service founded in 2008. Service began in France and expanded to other key European countries. It became available in the U.S. in 2019. The goal of Qobuz is to provide high-quality, digitally delivered music for serious listeners.

The Qobuz music service takes its name from an ancient Kazakstani/Central Asian musical instrument known as a Kobyz, which was often used in religious rituals to combat evil spirits and disease.

Qobuz is available in these countries:

AustriaBelgiumIrelandItalyFranceGermanyLuxembourgNetherlandsSpainSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUSA

A Qobuz account is linked to the country where it was created. However, you can use your account to listen to music anywhere in the world (based on the offerings of the country account). Because of differences in licensing and distribution agreements, not all music offerings may be available from all country-specific accounts.

Qobuz Streaming and Download Plans

Qobuz offers a 30-day free trial. If you continue after the free trial, you are billed according to the plan you chose when you signed up.

You must provide a valid payment method when signing up for the free trial, and you aren't charged if you cancel before the end of the free trial. You can listen free until the end of the 30-day period.

All plans provide streaming and download options (U.S.). Here are your choices:

Studio Premiere: CD-quality (16 bits/44.1 kHz) streaming in the FLAC format and hi-res quality streaming (24 bits up to 192 kHz) FLAC format. $14.99 month or $150.00 per year.Sublime+: Hi-res quality streaming plus a 40 to 60 percent discount off regular hi-res download prices. $249.99 a year (no monthly option).

Sublime+ features aren't included with the free trial offer. Also, there is no longer an MP3 quality plan. The previous Hi-Fi and Studio plans have been combined into the Studio Premier plan.

Download Qobuz for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android

What Qobuz Content to Expect

To complement audio quality, Qobuz provides a lot of content, including:

Music

Over 40 million songs can be streamed or downloaded, including more than 200,000 albums in hi-res audio (185,000 can be streamed, the remaining are available for download purchase only).

Download pricing for specific music offerings may vary.

Panoramas

In-depth articles designed to boost your musical experience and knowledge of an artist, label, period, genre, album, or discography.

The Taste of Qobuz

Check out music via Qobuzissime, which includes Qobuz suggested new releases, discographies, and more.

News and More

Music and Artist News, Hi-Fi (equipment news and reviews about Qobuz compatible equipment), Qobuz and You (how to use Qobuz features), and Videos (video of the day, music performances, and artist interviews and profiles).

How to Create a Qobuz Account

To create an account, open the Qobuz home page on a PC or mobile device and then select Try for Free or My Account. You are taken to a sign-in or sign-up page. Choose Sign-up, enter the required information, and follow any additional prompts.

Qobuz WebPlayer

Qobuz can be accessed directly using its WebPlayer option in a compatible web browser. You don't need to install an app on your PC or mobile device, as long as you have an account.

The Qobuz WebPlayer is optimized for Chrome but may be playable on other browsers.

Qobuz Connect

Qobuz is compatible with many devices that support Chromecast (also called GoogleCast), Airplay, and Bluetooth.

Not all Bluetooth versions and devices support hi-res audio streaming. AAC and MP3 support are most common. AptX supports CD-quality, while AptX HD is required for hi-res audio streaming up to 24 bits/48 kHz.

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Qobuz with Sonos 

If you have a Sonos system, add Qobuz to your music listening options. Here's how to do this from the Sonos mobile app:

Open the Sonos app. Tap More, then tap Add Music Services.

Select Qobuz from the list of available music services, then select I already have an account.

When prompted, enter your Qobuz username and password, follow any additional steps, and confirm the Qobuz addition.

You can also add Qobuz to Sonos using the Sonos PC or Mac app by following similar steps.

How to Renew or Cancel Qobuz

Your subscription renews automatically at the end of the month or year of a selected plan.

You can stop a subscription any time, even during the trial period. You can continue the service until the end of the current period.

After stopping your subscription, you won't have access to streaming or downloading, but your account will always be available along with previously purchased downloaded content.

To Unsubscribe From Qobuz

Sign in to your Qobuz account via their website.

After logging in, select My Profile.

In your account profile, go to My Account Settings.

Scroll down the account settings page, then select Unsubscribe or Delete my Qobuz account permanently. Note the conditions of each choice and make sure your action is validated.

If you subscribed to Qobuz from a third-party app (such as Apple or Last.fm), you must cancel your account through that service.

The Bottom Line

Qobuz is targeted at serious music listeners. It has an extensive content library that is continually updated with popular and niche music and artists. Music content can be streamed directly or downloaded after purchasing it.

The inclusion of editorial content complements music offerings by providing comprehensive use tips, news, and information on the music, artists, and equipment that you can use to listen to Qobuz.

The 30-day free trial option aids in the decision to commit to one of its pricing plans.