Onkyo To Offer Music-Download Service In the US (and hopefully Canada too)
Twice magazine reported a few days ago that Onkyo will launch its lossless music download service in the US this November.
"The e-onkyo music service, launched in August 2005 in Japan, delivers lossless audio to consumers in resolutions up to 192kHz/24 bits and in such formats as SuperAudio CD's DSD. As of April, the service's catalog stood at about 60,000 songs, with 1,500 of them featuring more than 96kHz/24-bit quality, the company said.
On May 30, Onkyo plans to add music in Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel surround sound in Japan and will expand TrueHD-encoded music to countries outside Japan at the time service is launched in overseas markets. Multichannel music will also be available in the multichannel FLAC and WAV formats.
In what it called a cooperative effort between Onkyo group companies, the company said the new Onkyo TX-NR717 and TX-NR818 A/V receivers will be capable of playing e-onkyo music files encoded in Dolby TrueHD. In Japan, they are slated for release at the end of May.
To play back the downloaded music on the AVRs, consumers have multiple options. One is to copy the audio data from PC to USB memory device to access the tracks via the A/V receiver's USB port. Another is to play back the content from a PC or NAS drive via a home network.
The service's audio content consists of about 1,000 tracks across 100 albums from a variety of labels based in Japan and abroad, the company said.
The multichannel songs will be available in 5.1-channel Dolby TrueHD (192 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit), 5.1-Channel WAV (192 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit), and 5.1-Channel FLAC at a tentative price of 3,000 yen ($37.56) per album and 500 yen ($6.26) per song. "
How do you guys feel about this?
Personally, I think the pricing is rather steep but it would be cool to be able to have access to such a large selection of 5.1 lossless collection of albums.