MQA signs licensing deal with Warner

Music technology brand MQA has signed a long-term licensing deal with Warner Music Group (WMG).

The agreement – the first between MQA and any major music company – will significantly increase music listeners’ access to high-resolution music globally.

It also paves the way for recordings from WMG’s diverse line-up of acclaimed artists and its catalogue to be made available in studio master quality through MQA distributors.

MQA is said to be a revolutionary technology, which delivers master quality audio in a file small enough to stream or download.

By delivering the sound of the studio masters from WMG’s labels, MQA will enable the listener to experience the sound of the artists’ original performances.

MQA music is currently available via High Res Audio, Onkyo Music, e-Onkyo, 7digital, 2L and Technics Tracks. Over the coming months, MQA will expand to more streaming platforms and into download stores worldwide.

Said Bob Stuart, creator of MQA (pictured): “This collaboration is a giant step forward for MQA and music fans everywhere. We have been working tirelessly to ensure labels, studios, artists, services and playback partners understand the potential of our technology and the responses have been overwhelming.

“MQA is about bringing the most authentic sound to music lovers all over the world and WMG is our first major partner to help drive this mission forward.”

Craig Kallman, chairman and chief executive of WMG’s Atlantic Records division, said: “The digital music era has been all about convenience. It is fantastic that we can listen to virtually any song, anywhere, any time.

“In that process, however, convenience has trumped sound quality, and we have gotten further away from the sound that artists work so hard to create.

“MQA makes high-resolution music easy to stream or download to any device. Music fans will love it when they hear it, and WMG is thrilled to be partnering with MQA to take the next step in bringing high-resolution music to consumers across the globe.”