Spotify does have more jazz content but I'm unwilling to give up the obvious SQ delivered by Tidal. Perhaps QOBUZ is an option, depending on where you live. Anyone know the when US service may become available for QOBUZ?
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I am looking for straight ahead jazz pretty much only, from the late 50's onward. Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Burrells, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Errol Garner, Blue Mitchell, Bill Watrous... you get the idea. I formerly had Spotify and, insofar as my taste in music goes, their catalogue is deeper by a factor of 3 or 4. I am a heretic in saying that I thought the stream from Spotify was quite acceptable to my ears (I have McCormack and Pass Labs amps, a Don Sachs tube preamp, and Spatial Audio M4 Triode Master speakers) and I might just return to their services until some service with a deeper catalogue of jazz comes along.
I'm a jazz guy as well that uses Spotify. I tried Tidal for a while but compared to Spotify's library it was truly lacking. For me the music is more important. I listen in the car, I listen thru my HT system, and thru my main rig in my listening room. My main system is head and shoulders above the other two, but I don't poo poo the sound as poor quality. It's the music that matters to me.
I don't get it. I listen to those guys, too, though mostly on vinyl, and don't really see the lack. A quick search for Coltrane resulted in all the Atlantic recordings, and what looks to be all the Impulse records, too. Even the newish releases of Live at Temple and the complete Sunship sessions are there. But to each their own.
Fair enough, but I personally find a significant lacuna in their jazz catalogue compared to Spotify. On an associated note, I am presently listening to the Jazz 24 feed from KNKX in Seattle, which I reckon it is no better than a 320 kps, but it sounds outstanding. Very listenable. For 65 year old ears like mine, Spotify premium might well suffice.
gdnrbob2,064 posts10-23-2018 2:24pmSome of the problem is that Tidal's catalog requires assiduous effort to find the albums one is looking for.
You practically have to type the whole title, and then hope it is available.
As Gbnrbob notes, I now find the most of the desired jazz recordings are available on Tidal Hifi, but not on the obvious album art that shows up when you select an artist. You do often have to type in the whole Artist/Recording and then it most often shows up. My industry insider suggests that Tidal's business model is not doing well, so I patiently await the roll out of Qubuz. Streaming Redbook quality for $20 a month is wonderful.