Though some dismiss Spotify for not having High Rez output, I find the search and 'Discover' titles to be a great source of new music/composers.
Hopefully, with their IPO, they will consider offering a high resolution output to compete with Tidal and Quobuz-which is supposed to come to the US this year. I just got an email stating it won't be until Fall.
I also appreciate the “Discover weekly” feature in Spotify, especially with Classical it seems very adept at honing in on things you might like. I basically use Spotify to save a list of titles to then purchase on CD or in hi res at some future date.
For popular music creating a ”radio station” from a track you like also works well, not tried it with classical
I stream Spotify through my Gungy DAC, which, I believe doesn’t support hi-res files anyway..
I enjoy yourclassical for streaming. Curated shows with background and interesting special features. And free.
I'm a Tidal subscriber, not Spotify (yet) and while Tidal has a nice selection of classical music, their search function is nearly worthless for it. Classical has very different metadata requirements than pop, rock, etc, that search functions designed for 'album name' 'artist name' 'song name' don't really work well.
There's also the issue of multiple recordings of the same pieces, which is a good thing, but as most Tidal albums lack professional reviews attached it's hard to tell the good recordings from the bad (and the date of recording is often woefully incorrect, sometimes listing when the recording became available on CD, not when it was recorded, or when it was last remastered).
I use Qobus to stream and find it has a large and varied Classical section. It only gives wav or mp3 streams though , so no DSD or MQA but 24 / 192 downloads from it are superb and quite up to par with the sound quality on my CD player.
rvpiano, I've been paying ~$11 per month for Spotify Premium for years now. What Spotify service only charges half of that? Always on the lookout for a bargain :-)
I have both Tidal and Spotify and if an album isn't MQA, it seems that the output is the same as Spotify-44K, at least according to my Ayre Codex.
I tried Quobuz, but it kept having problems with playback. It would play for a while, stop, and then start again at the beginning. It drove me nuts, and Quobuz customer service is practically nonexistant- 1 email per day telling me to close and reopen my account-which did nothing to rectify the problem. So, I dropped them.
I subscribed to Primephonic but then unsubscribed because it didn’t allow me to use Chromecast Audio to play over my system. Also, it’s more expensive than Spotify and I can’t imagine it having as many titles available.
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I use Bluesound Nodes. Primephonic is supposed to be offered in the near future. When it is, I will subscribe, and drop Tidal.
Also, Quobuz is supposed to be coming to the US before years' end.
I thought spotify maxed out at 320 kbps.
I use Spotify to find classic music. But I don't updrage to premium music to get them for offline listening but using Spotify Converter
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I actually used to have Spotify as well, but very often got frustrated with the search function, that very often did not yield the results I wanted. I then came across a service called Primephonic that was promoting it's search functionality and lossless audio, so I decided to give it a try and now I am hooked, to the point that I even cancelled my Spotify account and chose a lossless subscription with them instead and have really been enjoying it for the last few months. I can truly recommend it!
I am a Tidal subscriber and primarily a classical listener. I am listening to Primephonic Platinum with a 14 day trial and must say the audio quality is noticeably better than listening to the same recordings on Tidal (hifi). I am signing up for Primephonic at the end of the trial (14.94 per month) . Keeping Tidal too as Primephonic is classical only. I recommend trying it.
I ended up going to Quobuz. Higher rez and a pretty complete catalog.
Spotify seems to have the edge, but Quobuz is pretty close to having everything.
I had Qobuz for a few months. The problem I had with it was it didn’t have nearly the search engines that IDAGIO has for classical music.
I have given up Qobuz because on my computer it had numerous faults the most annoying was that when listening to say a symphony that had four or more movements it would jump from say the first to the third then go back to the second and then maybe to the fifth . It would also stop or no reason at all and if you left it where it was it could start again in 2 minutes or 10. No I couldn't put up with it and when you complained about it they only referred me to the members forum . No for the money they charged it just wasn't good enough, I still haven't made up my mind who I will go to.
I use Primephonic. The sound is better than CD(24 bit actually) streaming from my iPhone into the tape inputs on my amp. I can also use Audacity to record what I am listening to on my MBP and then put it on CD’s. Its rare that they don’t have something I want, and their 20th century stuff has increased dramatically.
I have Tidal and Qobuz integrated under Roon. Qobuz seems to have more high resolution recordings than Tidal. I pay for the highest resolution on both.
My dream is to have the Naxos Music Library integrated with Roon as a third streaming option, lossless, of course.