Tidal and Amazon to get ‘first time on digital’ Kraftwerk releases in Dolby Atmos

Tidal and Amazon get ‘first time on digital’ Kraftwerk releases in Dolby Atmos
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A handful of Kraftwerk releases will hit music streaming services for the first time from 3rd July – and it's good news for Kraftwerk fans who subscribe to Tidal Hi-Fi or Amazon Music HD,as some will be available as Dolby Atmos Music mixes.

The ‘first time on digital’ releases include a Dolby Atmos/HD Surround mix of the electronic group's Grammy Award-winning documentary 3-D The Catalogue (2017), which will be available on Amazon Music HD and Tidal from that July date.

The original German-language versions of five Kraftwerk studio albums - Trans Europa Express, Die Mensch-Maschine, Computerwelt, Techno Pop and The Mix. Autobahn, Radio-Activity/Radio-Activität and Tour De France - will also be available to stream and download worldwide for the first time, marking the first time they've been released outside of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. 

The new Kraftwerk Atmos mixes, meanwhile, will expand the two hi-res streaming service's modest but increasing catalogue of Dolby Atmos Music, which launched last year and features tracks from the likes of Bastille, The Beatles, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Gaye, The Weeknd, Coldplay and DeadMau5.

Atmos Music mixes utilise Dolby's object-based surround sound technology, which started life in the cinema, to create a precise and immersive audio experience that makes use of height channels, for a more immersive experience. So if you're a Kraftwerk fan who subscribes to Tidal Hi-Fi or Amazon Music HD, and owns a Dolby Atmos music system, we'd say you're in for a pretty big treat.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.

  • Hifiman2007
    Massive fan. Have the boxset that's surround headphone and blu ray and it works so well. An act that really gets quality matters. No doubt this will be brilliant.