Onkyo Corporation, a world leading hi-fi manufacturer and pioneer in the hi-res audio market, is today expanding e-onkyo music Japan’s leading hi-res music download service. Now, users in the United States, the Un ited Kingdom and Germany will be able to access hundreds of thousands of 24-bit/44.1kHz up to 192kHz hi-res tracks and millions of CD-quality 16-bit FLAC, in the popular music download store. With a rapidly growing catalogue, e-onkyo music, rebranded as onkyomusic in US, UK andDE, aims to be the largest hi-resolution music download store.
Launched in Japan in 2005 e-onkyo music has since grown to becomethe country’s favorite source for downloadable hi-res audio. In partnership with 7digital, a leading digital music platform, Onkyo Corporationis 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, Onky o wants them to be able to choose from the widest range of music, delive red 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 viaonkyomusic
, as well as through custom built native apps for Android and iOS, which are in develop ment.
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 pr eviously not widely available in hi-res audio format such as rock, metal and, the increasingly popular and steadily growing global catalogue of ANIME music. Featuring global headliners as well as locally relevant in dependent artists, onkyomusic will have wide across-the-board appeal to music lovers and audiophiles alike.
The comprehensive selection of content on the site, sourced from 7digitals catalogue of the worlds 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. The rapidly growing catalogue w ill ensure the service offers users a best in class experience.
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.
Content will besourced from industry giants such as Universal Music, as well as a host of specialist labels including Lantis, a big name ANIME song label in Japan looking to be added.
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 musi c and deliver an elevated music discovery experience.
CEO of 7digital, Simon Cole comments: Onkyo has a history of being the first to market in Japan and a legacy of great innovation around superior audio systems. They are a fantastic partner to work with, and we are pleased to be a part of this new compelling offer for their customers. The marriage of such high-fidelity sound systems and this very easy to use hi-res down load store has the chance to attract new digital listeners and satisfy e ven the most serious audiophiles.
Dickon Stainer, President andCEO of Global Classics for Universal Music Group, says: Hi-resolution audio is a perfect medium for listeners to explore the all-important nuan ces, detail and vibrancy of great classical recordings. Our Decca and De utsche Grammophon labels are famous around the world for their incredibl e catalogues of music and were thrilled that e-onkyo is now expanding internationally and making this amazing music available to even more fans in such high quality.
Miyagi concludes, Onkyo are striving tobe the best in class for hi-res audio experiences. Positive collaboratio ns with major artists, various industry partners, including 7digital and our position as early innovators on this superior sound initiative make us confident that we will deliver.
About e-onkyo music
Established in 2005, e-onkyo music is one of the leading hi-res music download services in the world. It is owned by Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation, which is a subsidiary company of Japanese audio manufacturer, ONKYO Corporation. e-onkyo music carries PCM files that range from 44.1kHz to 192kHz / 24bit in WAV and flac format. It als o carries DSD files at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz / 1bit in DSF format (JP only).
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