I have no problem with Spotify. In fact, I think it is the best offering out there-A great catalog and decent sound reproduction. I also use Tidal, but their cataloging system is abysmal, and I really don't hear much of a difference between Spotify. MQA sounds nice, but isn't a deal breaker. This is running Bluesound through my Ayre Codex to my Vandy Treo's. I am waiting for Quobuz to come to the US so I can ditch Tidal. Bob
@uberwaltz, I'm glad you find Tidal to your liking, but for me, trying to find classical or older recordings is like pulling teeth-healthy ones. I literally have to enter the exact title of the recording in order to find it. I often find it on Spotify and see if I can locate it on Tidal. B
Isn't Spotify's best streaming rate still 320kbps? ….compared to Tidal's 1,411kbps, let alone the MQA capability of Tidal. I realize the monthly fee is double for Tidal Hi-Fi but the sound difference is quite apparent to me. Perhaps Spotify has upgraded since I last checked? I've been with Tidal-only for about 2 years now.
I have both a Spotify Premium and Tidal HiFi subscription. For serious listening I prefer Tidal, but Spotify seems to do a better job of putting together mixes and playlists based on what I listen to, giving me a chance to discover new music (or old that wasn't aware of).
The Spotify catalog is the best out there. I used it for quite a while and when I upgraded more than one of my components the S Q suffered. I'll have to give it another go since they've made changes. For me, the Tidal library is terribly lacking. Hopefully Gobuz won't disappoint.
I resisted for a while but now I love Spotify - all genres of music new and old, super obscure to what you missed right in front of your face, and its more affordable than tidal. I still buy the albums i really end up liking and see the artists when I can. I believe having an Amazon Prime acct gets you Amazon Music, which is a good option people here might not realize they have access to.