Music Streaming Services

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  1. dark_energy

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    I read Tidal app is BP. Like where...!?

    320kbps CBR should be fine on everything but the uber highend. Flac is more for the peace of mind in many cases. I can detect differences on acoustic and other high fidelity recordings only...
     
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    Just started my Qobuz trial today, and I'm really perplexed by a few things:
    1) Responding directly to your "stuff I want" comment, I can't figure out the rhyme or reason behind which albums they've got and don't. They had the 2 most recent Dirty Projectors albums, but not the rest of the catalog. It felt analogous to video streaming services that only have the current, in-progress season. Strange.

    2) Qobuz's lumping of everything into a "release" is silly from a design perspective. To get to an early album that doesn't rank highly on "relevance" you've got a lot of scrolling through promo singles to do...

    3) Comparing to both Spotify and Apple Music through iTunes, Qobuz's tracks just play louder by default. Feels like that thing where Best Buy jacks up the saturation and brightness on floor model TVs.

    My experience today makes me wanna go back and check out Tidal to scratch the quality itch without the weirdness mentioned above...
     
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    Tidal is more for on the go for me. Somehow Tidal have hired a very good music curator because they sometimes have music in the library that was once quite rare. The Nujabes albums for starters.

    I remember the days you had to find thus import those albums in physical form because almost no one had them. That was 10-15 years ago before streaming was a big thing. There are some music nerds at Tidal making sure the library stays interesting, not just Top 40 or Hot 100 fodder.

    Once I have some more cash, I will simply get the FLAC-albums I want and walk off.
     
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    I agree. Services like Tidal are great, even when they are 320Kbps only.

    Based on my experience, having BitP playback is important to sound quality, high priority on my list. I already have a solution to running Daphile with Tidal in BP. It shouldn't be much hustle to achieve that on Android smartphone with the right app (BP should work with internal audio chipset as well). Some DAP might do the trick as well with better DAC/AMP components do begin with.
     
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    Has anybody made purchases yet through the Qobuz download store?

    - Are purchases available for download multiple times (similar to 7Digital; not like HDTracks)?

    - Do purchases made at Hi Rez stream through Qobuz at Hi-Rez, regardless of streaming subscription tier (for example: If I opt for the 16/44.1 "CD" stream tier, will a HiRez purchase made from the download store play back at HiRez through the Qobuz app)?
     
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    I can answer the first question you have, and it is yes. You can redownload it with out DRM.
     
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    I have worked on streaming apps, and I expect the answer to be no. The streaming service must operate under its licensing agreements and operates independently of download purchases.
     
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    Discovered that Spotify has official Linux snap app. Cool.
     
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    Any way to play all albums by an artist in Qobuz rather then needing to add them all to the que? What about Tidal in this regard? Really missing this ability from Spotify. Don't want to invest in Roon. Don't know how to get foobar2000 to interface with Qobuz..
     
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    Are there any Canadian subscribers to Qobuz? I am now on the Qobuz trial in the US subscribing to the hi-res service. I kept the Tidal subscription to do some testing, and because I was not sure if I could continue with my US Qobuz subscription when I m back to Canada. I did a simple test using VPN to change my address to Toronto and sign in from there and it worked. So I hope that as long as my billing address remains in the US, I can use Qobuz. in Canada. In this case I will drop Tidal, and here are some of the reasons:
    • I use Roon and Roon relationship with MQA has become somewhat unhealthy. If you have Tidal and Qobuz account and add an album to your library on Qobuz, if this album has an MQA equivalent on Tidal,Roon will "prioritize" your versions, so MQ is played if you do not pay attention. The only way to avoid it is to sign off Tidal.
      Other than that, Roon Qobuz integration works very well.
    • Qobuz hi-res streaming quality is noticeable,and very useful on Android players. 48, 92, 192 kHz files do no go through Android resampling.
    • Qobuz classical music library has everything I need, and it is much easier to find than on Tidal.
    • Last but not least Qobuz download prices, at least for classical music, are very competitive, better even than Presto Classical.
     
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