MQA and Universal Music Group have entered into a multi-year agreement that will encode UMG’s extensive catalogue of master recordings in MQA Hi-Res Audio format.
Mike Jbara, CEO of MQA, commented, “We’re very pleased to be working with Universal Music to achieve our goal of moving studio-quality sound into the mainstream. Universal’s timeless catalogue and impressive artist roster will fuel music streaming services worldwide and enable the premium listening experience for all music fans.”
Michael Nash, Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy at UMG, said, “The promise of Hi-Res Audio streaming is becoming a reality, with one service already in the market and several more committed to launching this year. With MQA, we are working with a partner whose technology is among the best solutions for streaming Hi-Res Audio, and one that doesn’t ask music fans to compromise on sound quality for convenience. We’re looking forward to working with Mike and his team at MQA to make our industry-leading roster of artists and recordings available to music fans in the highest quality possible.”
MQA delivers master quality audio in a file small enough to stream, debuted on global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, at the beginning of this year, and is now available internationally on several music download services.
MQA is rapidly gaining traction in the music insustry as a practical format for Hi-Res Audio encoding and distribution. Pictured above is Spencer Chrislu, recording in MQA at Metropolis Studio.