The expansion includes widening its footprint in the global arena, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz’ United States (US) arm, expects that by year-end the platform has all the records that other rivals could offer.
I honestly think that by the end of the year we shouldn’t be missing anything that the other guys have.
Responding to a question from a member of Reddit’s “r/audiophile” community, in which the company official did an AMA (Ask Me Anything), Mackta said:
In a different thread, Mackta revealed that the French streaming firm is “actively pursuing every notable label and rights holder,” but the challenge arises from some artists’ and music producers’ reservations in releasing their original records for streaming. This makes for a big obstacle as Qobuz is known as the worldwide leader in curating only 24-Bit Hi-Res downloads.
Improving the Qobuz Experience
Alongside beefing up its content offerings, Qobuz is improving the system in for a more accurate and customizable search. Qobuz is revamping the platform by incorporating an algorithm that allows for a music-discovery functionality, the creation of playlists, and a radio function, among others.
“Look for the first fruits of this project by this summer,” Mackta said.
To continue ensuring the quality streamed in the platform, Qobuz is also putting in place a quality control mechanism where users can report any content material suspected to be deceiving in terms of quality.
Stretching its Geographical Coverage
Asked on plans of setting foot in Canada, Mackta responded in the positive but admitted a timeline cannot yet be promised, adding there are “still lots of hoops to jump through to launch a new market.”
He added Qobuz is pushing to be present in Australia and New Zealand “as soon as we can.”
Founded in 2007, Qobuz is popular worldwide for a very competitive subscription fee that comes with lossless streaming of high-resolution, audiophile quality music. The audio streaming platform is currently available in 12 countries namely Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the US.