Astell & Kern players get NAS streaming and Qobuz downloads

The free update to allow music streaming from a network-attached storage device (NAS) is available now for the Astell & Kern AK240, and is said to be on the way for the more affordable AK100 II and AK120 II music players.

The high-end A&K players of course major on high-res music playback and these files are also supported when streaming from your NAS.

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Also new is direct downloading from the Qobuz music download store. The A&K by Qobuz app was trailed back in May and is now available on all three current Astell & Kern portable music players with Wi-Fi access.

The Qobuz download store launched last month, following on from the launch of the CD-quality streaming service, and offers a solid selection of CD-quality or better albums to download. The albums are available in a variety of formats from ALAC to FLAC to WAV.

The new app allows you to browse and preview music on the Qobuz store on your player - and then download tracks straight to your player, removing the need for a computer in the chain

MORE: Qobuz review

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).