Digiital source material: what do people do/makes the most sense...

QUESTION 1: I have a few hundred CDs (plan on ripping to server), and am wondering how to get rest of music I want:

  • A. add one streaming service (which do you recommend?) or
  • B. add one streaming service + buy occasional CDs
  • C. add two streaming services
QUESTION 2: is it is possible to set up hardware to use two services (if needed?):

My musical taste:

  • Classical mainly orchestral but I want to be able to choose a better conductor
  • Common popular music artists  but I'll want to be able to access most of CDs/albums from e.g. cat stevens, Heart, Rod Stewart, Traffic, Bill Joel, etc
  • Some jazz: mainstream (Brubeck, Miles, Coletrane...)

Thanks for your time.

My pick would be B. add one streaming service + buy occasional CDs.

I did Tidal for about 5 years before more recently switching over to Qobuz    I still buy the occasional CD which I then rip as an uncompressed Flac.  As you can guess from my handle I listen mostly to jazz.
Cds are selling cheap right now.I get lots 300 for $100 ,150 for $100 etc good stuff ,in good condition....most of the time but  friday I bought 200 for $60  and they were worth  nothing ...buyer beware ,lol.
I use Roon and subscribe to Tidal. 

I rip some CD's, have a collection of around 7k tracks.
I use Spotify which suits my kids more than me. I still buy vinyl and CDs.Buying CDs now for me comes down to price(and content). As mentioned above CDs are getting cheaper, I look at it the same as when vinyl started to disappear, It was a good time to buy, people were ditching their collections and replacing them with CDs.I see now as a similar opportunity.
Qobuz has a pretty good classical selection and the streaming fidelity is music to my ears. But if you really want to own the classical record store of your dreams, try Primephonic. Sound quality may be a hair less than from the Q, but it is never less than very good. I have to say, too, that the sound quality competes favorably with my LP’s.

I’ve mentioned this before a couple times on this website, but my dad started moving classical records my way when I was about three (yes, they were 78’s). I’m well into my 60’s and have never stopped purchasing the stuff. I have classical vinyl (bought new) stretching back to pre-stereo days. I have loads of classical and non-classical CD’s. I worked for a while at Tower Classical Records on the Sunset Strip in L.A. and took home my share of promos.

Anyway, bottom line -- give Primephonic a try. A trip to the candy store.
The biggest problem with Classical is finding a a software program that works.  I have yet to do so.  I stopped discarding CDs after burning them because I have a really large collection and it’s easier for me to find a disc on the shelves then locate it in the files after it has been burned to a hard drive.  If you start burning CDs you will quickly find that all of the file management has been optimized for non Classical.
  My advice?  Stay with CDs and add Qobuz, which has a bigger catalog than Primephonic and sounds better.