I don't think you understand how streaming services like Spotify, Tidal, etc. work. They're nothing like what you describe above. They allow you to pick a song or pick and album and play it, exactly like you would if you had a CD or and LP, at your choosing, at your direction, whenever you want, how many times you want. It's just a library of music available to you to play as you choose at your leisure. It has nothing to do with picking a channel and listening to music the service selects (though the platforms also make available curated playlists, playlists of new music every Friday when new releases come out, exclusive podcasts, and of course user created playlists are also available for you to make and to be shared). It's not like radio. It's like a library. Also, the sound can be as good or better in quality that CD, depending on the service, from 16/44.1 FLAC up to even 24/192 FLAC with some titles and a service like Qobuz. And, of course, you can listen to these services, via a DAC, on your home stereo just the same way you might listen to a CD or a downloaded file. It need not be of any lower sound quality than CD. Of course you can also listent to it portably -- and again in sound quality that need not be lower than, say, the sound quality of listening to a portable CD player or a DAP. The kind of streaming that now comprises 80% of music industry revenue in the US consists of subscription or ad-supported services that provide users a library of albums to listen to at the consumers' own direction. They provide software that helps them guide and manage and search the library and which interfaces with whatever device or environment they want to play the music to. They have audio quality which, depending on the service, may be of CD quality or higher. And they also have radio-like services in the form or curated playlists based on genres or themes. Each of these libraries have, literally, millions of titles that are available to subscribers. New titles are also added by the hundreds every week when new albums are released. That's why I love it -- listening to new music and new-to-me music at no incremental costs. A couple of weeks ago, when the new Taylor Swift album came out, I spend a lot of release weekend listening to it. When I caught then end of John Adams' Grand Pianola Music on the radio driving home from work yesterday, a work I hadn't previous heard, I wanted to hear the whole thing, so I booted up Tidal, searched for the piece, found that the service had four recordings of it including Adams' own with the London Sinfonietta, a fairly recent one with Adams' sort of "home orchestra, the SF Symphony, and a Ransom Wilson recording. I put them all in my collection so I could get around to listening to each of them this week. When someone in another thread here mentioned a Sam Rivers trio album from the '70s, Paragon, which I had never heard, I popped it up on Tidal and played it. It's just a library.