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Hi-Res Audio Streaming [Audiophile Music Online 2024]

Audiophile Music Streaming
Read where to find high-resolution online music on websites for audiophiles; other audio-streaming services; where to listen to FLAC online and others. Keep reading.

Author: Yuri Korzunov,
Audiophile Inventory's developer with 25+ year experience in digital signal processing,
author of the articles that make audio easy for beginners



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How to listen to online music streaming

These hi-res audio online streaming services are intended for audiophiles, that look for high-quality music.

With these resources, you can listen to musical tracks on the Internet via computer, mobile phone and other devices.

Dedicated programs or listening on a web-browser page may be provided.

Audio hardware may be integrated with the streaming sites through the equipment vendor applications.

Some services provide offline access when the Internet isn't available.

See details about the availability of aforementioned listening options at the sites from the tables below.

DISCLAIMER: File formats and other details in the tables were at the sites when this article was published. It can be non-correct, incomplete, changed, disappear with time. The sites are looking legal in our opinion. But we can't guarantee it. Classification of resources is based on our opinion and may not be a reference for everybody.
It is not advertising or an offer. We are not affiliated with the sites at this page. We are not responsible for the listed resources, their sound quality and others.


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Audiophile high-resolution music online streaming

Hi-res online audio sites stream high-resolution music in PCM or DSD format. Free trial may allow you to check sound quality and compatibility with your devices.

Name Description Free trial
Apple Music Music online streaming service that offers lossless up to 192 kHz  
Idagio Audio streaming providing hi-qality audio, lossless classical music Free with quality limitations
High Res Audio High-resolution audio streamig for music lovers and hi-fi enthusiasts with quality up to 24-bit Yes CD-quality music Yes
Primephonic up to 24 bit Yes
PrimeSeat PCM, DSD up to 11.2 MHz Yes
Qobuz up to 192/24, streaming and downloads according purchased plan Yes
Tidal FLAC streaming 44.1/16, MQA on PC/Mac, web-player, iOS, Android, supported with musical players (details) Yes


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Online music streaming (others)

Name Description Free trial
Amazon Prime Music Allows listening online and offline Yes
Audio Check Various online audio tests.  
Datpiff Platform for musicians and music discovering  
Deezer Online streaming service. Deezer Premium allow offline listening an FLAC quality. Yes
Google Play Music Music platform with store. Offline listening is available Yes
Jamendo Music Platform for musicians and music discovering. Free and paid stuff Yes
Neil Young Archives Streaming service  
Noisetrade Platform for musicians and music discovering Stream live songs and shows Yes
PlayClassics Free classical music streaming  
Pristine Classical Classical music 320kbps mp3 and FLAC Yes
ReverbNation Platform for musicians and music discovering  
SoundCloud Platform for musicians and music discovering  
Spotify Music platform  
Youtube Music Music video Yes
Яндекс Музыка Multiplatform music service "Yandex Music". Offline listening is available. Paid and free stuff  
Сбер Звук (Sber Zvuk) Multiplatform music service "Sber Zvuk" CD quality (FLAC) is available  


Hi-Res Audio Online Sites [Audiophile Music Streaming]


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Frequently Asked Question

Where can I listen to hi-res music for free and get high resolution audio files?

See big list of websites where you can listen to hi-res music for free...


How do I stream high resolution audio?

There are online services, that provides high resolution streaming. It requires installing special software at your device or purchasing of a service-compatible hifi device. Read more...


Does CD sound better than streaming?

If a streaming supports lossless (coded and decoded binary content is identical) transfer 16 bit / 44.1 kHz, it provides sound quality identical to CD. However, stable and fast internet connection is need with proper data packed delay.


Is CD quality better than streaming?

There are hi-res streaming services that has resolution higher than CD.

Other services provides lossy streaming, that is technically worse than CD quality.

However, audio system and listening conditions are matter.



Where can I download hi-res songs?

You can download hi-res audio files here:


How do I stream FLAC music?

You can check audiophile music streaming services...


Is 192kHz better than 96kHz?

Indeed, 192 kHz give more capabilities than 96 kHz to improve sound quality. However, how the audio unit is done make a matter.




Is 320kbps hi-res?

320 kbps is bitrate of audio data. "Hi-res" is the audio data's resolution (bit depth and sampling rate).

We don't know what the resolution inside the audio data with given bitrate.



Does Apple music have hi-res audio?

Yes. Apple music have hi-res audio coded to lossy AAC and lossless ALAC (up to 24-bit / 192 kHz)[*].

Tech details.


What Kbps is Apple Music?

Target bitrate of apple music is 256 kilobits/second. It uses variable bitrate (VBR) to more effective compression.

Tech details.


Can Apple Music FLAC?

No. Apple Music don't use FLAC format. They use ALAC instead[*].


Does Apple Music LDAC?

No. LDAC is Bluetooth codec. Apple uses AAC and ALAC[*].



Does YouTube support hi-res audio?

Yes. YouTube supports hi-res audio[*].

Look at list of hi-res streaming...


Does YouTube support 32-bit audio?

No. On momemt of the answer writing, YouTube doesn't support 32-bit audio[*].


Can YouTube play lossless?

No. YouTube stream lossy audio on moment of the answer to the question[*].


Is YouTube music a FLAC?

You can upload music to YouTube in FLAC ond other format. But downloading is possible in AAC (up to 256 kbps) on moment of the answer writing.

Read more about audio formats...



Does Spotify have HiFi?

Yes. Spotify provides hi-fi sound abilities. Check out more about Spotify's audio quality...



Will Spotify get FLAC?

On moment of the answer writing, Spotify doesn't support FLAC. To check actual state see current sound quality...


Does Spotify accept 24bit?

On the moment of the answer to the question, Spotify doesn't support 24-bit audio [latest state].


Does Spotify have LDAC?

LDAC is Bluetooth codec. Spotify uses AAC.



Is Spotify lossless?

When the answer to the question, Spotify doesn't support a lossless formats. To check actual state see current sound quality...

Also, look for lossless streaming...


Is Spotify hi-res audio?

On moment of the answer question, Spotify supports AAC codec up to 320 kbit/s. It looks like 16 bit resolution / 44.1 kHz sample rate. To check actual state see current sound quality...

Look at hi-res streaming websites...


How many kbps is Spotify?

On moment of the answer to the question, Spotify supports bitrate from 24 to 320 kbps [latest information].


How many kHz is Spotify?

On moment of the answer question, it looks like Spotify provides 16 bit / 44.1 kHz resolution [current state].


Is CD quality better than Spotify?

On the moment of the answer to the question, Spotify supports AAC codec up to 256 kbps [latest state]. It provides quality close to CD's one.

CD quality audio is lossless sound format. And it's better AAC technically. But, you can don't get audible difference between these formats.




Is Tidal better than Spotify?

When answer the question, Tidal provides FLAC [lossless] streaming and Spotify broadcast via AAC [lossy] codec. Technically, FLAC is better than AAC. But, AAC may work at high bitrates. So, actual result depends on certain recording and playback equipment.


Is Deezer better than Spotify?

In the moment of the answer the question, Deezer streams lossless CD quality[*]. Spotify streams in lossy format [*]. CD audio better ;ossy quality technically, but actual result depends on streqmed recording and your sound equipment.


Is Tidal free?

On moment of this answer writing, Tidel provides free trial ability.


Is Tidal Hi Fi worth it?

Tidal provides high sound quality. To estimate its quality, you can try free trial.


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