August 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

Audiophile Alert: HD Dance Music Arrives on the Cloud

dance HDDo you like dance music? Are you convinced that compressed digital music sounds like garbage?

Well then, whip out your iTunes account, because we have found just the app for you. Dance HD, from high-quality digital audio pioneer MP4SLS, packages oodles of CD-quality dance music into its iOS app, which streams to you at the best audio quality your connection will allow.

Featuring the “hottest dance anthems in dubstep, hip-hop, breaks, drum & bass, trance, electro house, tech house, deep house, minimal, chill-out and more,” Dance HD, free for 30-second samples or $2 per month as an in-app iTunes subscription, promises to add 500 new dance tracks per week, and it already has a fairly decent selection of clubby-sounding music. You can sort all of it by mood (light, happy, vigorous, dreamy, soaring, tranquil, restless, sacred, or dark); explore the latest additions; search for artists; or just browse the catalog looking for great-sounding audio, if not music.

hd dance musicNot being a huge dance music fan, I can’t speak for the quality of the selection. As for the audio quality, it’s as good as an iPhone owner could ask for, because 16-bit 44.1 kHz, the same audio quality as a CD, is the best the iPhone can do, at least until someone invents something like this.

Not only that, but Dance HD gives you full control of the streaming quality when you’re only connected by a cellular connection instead of WiFi, so you don’t eat up that limited data plan that’s always trying to spoil the fun — and in addition, it lets you store whatever songs you want on your phone, so you don’t need to worry about streaming at all.

Some people say they want better sound quality than they can get from MP3s or streaming services, which is one reason everybody’s buying vinyl, talking about buying vinyl, or talking about how other people are buying vinyl.

If people really value sound quality that much, they’ll put their money where their mouths are, because $2/month is cheaper than the vinyl equivalent will ever be.  Assuming Dance HD‘s music selection is good enough to please ardent dance fans, and that people’s thirst for better sound is real, Dance HD should be a big hit.