onkyomusic - hi res music download service launches

Japan's most popular service opens for business elsewhere

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 9, 2015 at 11:39 AM


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    onkyomusic - hi res music download service launches
    Onkyo is expanding e-onkyo music to the UK, USA and Germany from today.
    Currently it’s Japan's leading hi-res music download service, offering access to hundreds of thousands of 24-bit/44.1kHz up to 192kHz hi-res tracks and millions of CD-quality 16-bit FLAC, in the download store. With a rapidly growing catalogue, e-onkyo music (rebranded as store name “onkyo music” in US, UK and DE) aims to be the largest hi-resolution music download store.

    Launched in Japan in 2005 e-onkyo music has since grown to become the country's favourite source for downloadable hi-res audio. In partnership with 7digital, a leading digital music platform, Onkyo Corporation is expanding the service to three key overseas territories, with more planned for the near future.

    "As one of the world's leading hi-fi/home theatre manufacturers we can now provide music lovers with a full end-to-end hi-res audio experience." says, Kevin Miyagi, President of Onkyo Entertainment Technology and responsible for running the e-onkyo music service in Japan.

    Whether customers choose to listen on the move via headphones or at home via their stereo system or AV receiver, Onkyo wants them to be able to choose from the widest range of music, delivered – with the highest fidelity - to the devices they want to use… that's our mission.”

    The service is currently in beta and can be accessed via http://www.onkyomusic.com, as well as through custom built native apps for Android and iOS, which are in development.

    onkyomusic will cover all musical genres from pop and soul to jazz and folk, with classical music a major focus. The service also plans to make content available from Japanese labels, as well as genres previously not commonly widely available in hi-res audio format such as rock, metal and, the increasingly popular catalogue of ANIME music.

    The content on the site, sourced from 7digital’s catalogue of the world’s leading record companies, currently includes over hundreds of thousands of 24-bit/44.1kHz up to 192kHz hi-res tracks (available in FLAC) and millions of 16-bit/44.1kHz CD quality files. Tracks and albums will be sold a la carte at competitive prices and in local currency – a hi-res album will cost the equivalent of $15- $20 while individual tracks will be around $3-$4 per song.

    Music purchased on the onkyomusic platform will be stored in a cloud locker ready for download to multiple devices. Onkyo and 7digital will work together to create unique music promotions - with high profile partnerships already in the pipeline – as well as special features and unique editorial to engage customers with new music.

    Has anyone tried it out yet?

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