The Qobuz vocabulary


Streaming: the playback of a continuous flow of music, on demand. A streaming subscription allows you to enjoy unlimited playback on the Qobuz catalogue on our applications. 

Paid download: this corresponds to the purchase of an album or a track. You then acquire the definitive rights on it. You can save it on your hard drive and listen to it from a music playback application of your choice (one of the Qobuz applications, for example).

Web Player: a Web version of the Qobuz application for Mac and PC, accessible from a Web browser at the following address:

My Qobuz: the section in our application in which a Qobuz user finds their music library (Playlists, Favorites, Purchases). 

Local Music: the streaming subscriptions allow the user to import their music (tracks, albums and playlists) to listen to it offline. This is Local Music. It’s composed of the music imported by the user, but also of the music stored in cache.

Imports: this is the music imported by the user, and thus available for offline playback (this functionality is available in all the Qobuz applications).

(Music in) Cache: this is the music that has already been listened to by the user. It is automatically stored on your device, and therefore available for offline playback. It also allows you to continue the playback of a track in case you lose your Internet connection.

You can disable the Cache functionality from the settings of your Qobuz application.

Third-party applications: in addition to our applications, you can enjoy your Qobuz subscriptions from several partner systems. Their applications that integrate Qobuz are called third-party applications. 

Hi-Res audio: Hi-Res audio (for High-Resolution, sometimes called Studio Master) is a standard developed by the Japan Audio Society.

Every music file whose sampling is superior to 16-Bit/44.1 kHz is considered Hi-Res, i.e. starting from 24-Bit. Qobuz is the only music streaming service to be certified as “Hi-Res Audio” by the J.A.S. For more information, read our explanations regarding sound quality.  

Hi-Res with Qobuz Sublime+: Sublime+ subscription allows you to enjoy permanent discounts on almost the entire Hi-Res catalogue. The discounted price is indicated by the designation “Hi-Res with Qobuz Sublime”. 



Pre-order: some albums are put online before their official release date. It is possible for you to purchase an album in advance, but you will not be able to download it. On the day of its release, you will receive an email notifying you of the availability of the music in your Qobuz account. 

Buying Credit: it is possible to offer gift codes of a defined amount. The beneficiary can use this balance to buy downloadable music.



Multichannel: this is a technical process allowing the addition of channels to the sound. You can buy 5.1 multichannel files on Qobuz. 

Format: a file format. It is common in the world of digital audio to assimilate audio quality to its format (for example, MP3). 

Sampling: when a number is mentioned in kHz, it is to do with sampling. The sampling of an audio signal consists of measuring the amplitude of a signal at regular intervals fixed by the sampling frequency. The latter is expressed in kHz (kilohertz). The higher the frequency, the most faithful and precise the temporal retranscription of the sound will be.

For more information, read our explanations regarding sound quality.

Resolution: this is expressed in Bit (for example 16-Bit or 24-Bit). It determines the precision of the sound dynamics — i.e. the number of values that a sound can take. The more precise the dynamics are, the more the sonic variations can be perceived, and the more the sound seems to have layers. For more information, read our explanations regarding sound quality.

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