The deal means 7digital will use MQA for downloads and streaming, with high-resolution streaming services promised in 2015.

Meridan announced its new Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) format at the start of the month, a more efficient coding method which claims to allow for studio-quality files that require much less space.

The announcement promises to enable not only high-quality downloads that take-up less space but also allow for the possibility of high-resolution streaming services.

7digital, which powers a number of streaming and download services, has now confirmed it will adopt Meridian MQA. 

This news follows recent announcements that 7digital will be powering "high definition" music services from Panasonic and Onkyo, Technics Tracks and e-Onkyo respectively.

Simon Cole, CEO of 7digital, said: "MQA is a revolutionary new development in the journey towards serving consumers the purest high resolution digital files.

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"MQA, which will be available in early 2015, delivers the quality of original studio recordings so cleverly and efficiently that it can be conveniently streamed or downloaded. I truly believe MQA will become the standard for high quality streaming in the years to come."

Tidal and Qobuz have both upped the streaming standard to CD-quality lossless audio, while Spotify's CEO hinted the company might follow suit, but it seems high-res streaming could soon raise the quality bar once more.  

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jacking's picture

Has anyone heard if there's

Has anyone heard if there's likely to be a converter to downsize from FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV etc. to MQA? Or indeed if it's possible?

Graham Luke's picture

Mmmmkay...

I swear you can hear the string section having a fag as they wait for their bus outside the concert hall, mmmkay?