Qobuz outlines future plans following takeover

The updates include introducing a new Qobuz Player and a new desktop app, both of which will support hi-res audio and come with a new search engine and interface to make finding new music easier than before.

A Family subscription plan has been announced, but details on this are sparse. The discovery tools have been improved too and the service will now come with community and social functions.

Despite the financial difficulties the service has faced, Qobuz has said it ended 2015 with sales up 55 per cent.

Qobuz was the first streaming service to offer CD-quality lossless audio, alongside hi-res streaming on Android and a Sublime download/streaming subscription plan. The service went into receivership towards the end of 2015, but was eventually bought by French entertainment company Xandrie at the beginning of 2016.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.