Which of the current music streaming services do you use/prefer and why?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Stereosound, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

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    San Jose, CA
    My crystal ball is no better than anyone else's, but if I had to guess, I would think that someone would buy them and your subscription would be applied to the new owner's service.
     
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  2. Neil S. Bulk

    Neil S. Bulk Forum Resident

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    Boo!
     
  3. Ignominious

    Ignominious Knock and Know All!

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    North of England
    I paid £89.94 for an annual subscription of Deezer Hifi last October. This was after I'd cancelled my previous membership just before the deadline day for automatic renewal. I gave Amazon Music, Tidal and Qobuz a trial for a month but in the end nothing came close to matching the Deezer offer for price, value and quality . I will most likely look to do the same thing next month. If I can't get any where near this price again then I will probably look again at Amazon and Qobuz for my streaming services.

    Routing Deezer subscription plans via my Sonos account tends to bring up the best deals in my experience.
     
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  4. AndyCC72

    AndyCC72 Active Member

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    I think you’re right, I’ll definitely be cancelling my Tidal subscription once Spotify go high res. I love the Spotify functionality and I have a lot of playlists I’ve created over 6 years.
     
  5. displayname

    displayname Forum Resident

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    I am trying to remain patient for this. I was on the annual renewal plan for Tidal via Best Buy. I went ahead and canceled, placing my best on Spotify hopefully rolling out soon-ish.
     
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  6. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Hifi Spotify won't impact my Qobuz sub. I'm keeping that. I don't really expect Spotify to have the audiophile features of Qobuz -- like bit perfect transfer to DAC -- or the the support for the third party software I use like Audirvana and USB Audio Player Pro. I only keep my Spotify sub because its library is different from Qobuz' so there's material on Spotify I don't otherwise have access to, and because my wife uses it. I just also keep a Deezer sub because it has a Spotify-like library and 16/44 lossless files. But it also doesn't have all those other audiophile and other sound features so for me that one will go. I realize that the playlists seem to be the big barriers to exit for a lot of end users. Personally I almost neve make or listen to playlists so I don't care about that.
     
  7. MrEWhite

    MrEWhite Forum Resident

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    No harm in asking their support for refund.
     
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  8. B. Scarpia

    B. Scarpia WatchingYouWatchingMe

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    Ditto, Ditto, Ditto

    At my age, I don't love getting up to turn the record over either, but having given Tidal and Spotify a try from my laptop through a Schiit Modi, the sound quality just isn't worth another major front end investment and learning a whole new set of jargon. I really hate jargon.

    Prime Music is okay for auditioning new music I come across before heading to Discogs or Ebay for the 12 incher. I wonder how many of us who listen primarily to unamplified music and grew up when digital referred to appendages, do all their listening with streaming or downloads.
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  9. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Interesting. I find streaming Qobuz lossless 16/44 and higher res files as good or sometime better sound quality than I get from any other source in my system and with not real new investment in a front end -- I stream to my DAC via USB from my laptop, all already sunk equipment costs. I'm primarily a jazz and classical listener. Grew up in the vinyl era. Really love streaming and enormously happy not to have to buy and hold hard copy with every new recording I'm interested in hearing. Streaming is my first choice for new and new to me music listening. I'll only buy a CD if the material is not streaming in at least 16/44.1 lossless or if the material has been released on a tiny label where I'm concerned about future availability and I'm very interested in the work or performer and I know I'll want to listen to it over and over and over again. Vinyl I haven't bought in 20 years unless there's something I want to hear that's still only available on vinyl.
     
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  10. Apple Music up another tenth of a percent.
     
  11. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  12. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  13. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

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    San Jose, CA
    Just sent a note to customer support asking if they could change my annual rate for Sublime to the new $180 price given that my renewal at the old price was less than a week before that date. I'll update here when/if they respond.

    I'll keep the subscription either way because I like the service and think it's worth the money, but obviously I'll feel better about it if they'll give me the cheaper price. :p
     
  14. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

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    Update: I received the following response this morning:

    "Thanks for contacting Qobuz’s support. I hope you’re doing well in these exasperating times. I’m happy to help. Qobuz will offer some customers who have current plans a chance to subscribe to a new plan at the new pricing with a prorated refund. If you are eligible, the Qobuz team will notify you by email, and the prorated amount will be in your shopping basket."

    So far so good, and impressive to receive a response within 24 hours. Not that I have a reason to expect bad customer service from Qobuz in particular, I just expect it from everyone these days.

    I'll update again if they come through with a prorated refund.
     
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  15. OC Zed

    OC Zed Bludgeon Riffola

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    Costa Mesa, CA
    Great customer service there.
     
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  16. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck Well-Known Member

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    La Quinta, CA
    Wow. I decided not to request a partial refund on my recent subscription, and I feel good about it now. I like good companies to thrive. :thumbsup:
     
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  17. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

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    I probably would have shrugged and let it slide if it had been a bit longer since my annual renewal, but it was only six days before the price change. I'm not going to be too unhappy if they won't adjust my price, but since it was such a close call, I don't feel unreasonable making the request, and I'm happy that they're at least considering it.
     
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  18. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck Well-Known Member

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    Oh, absolutely. I didn't intend my post to be critical of anyone else. I'm fortunate to be in the financial position I'm in.
     
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  19. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  20. Riktator

    Riktator Surfer of the Audio Waves

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    One feature that I would love to see disappear in Spotify is continually asking me if I want to use Waze when I am in the car. I've looked at settings to disable it but am I overlooking something? As far as Qobuz, I wish it integrated with BluOs. Still, they are both keepers regardless.
     
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  21. brownie61

    brownie61 Forum Resident

    I use Spotify in my car all the time via Android Auto or bluetooth, and I have never been asked if I want to use Waze (which I do not use). I operate my phone in offline mode only in my car, only listening to albums and playlists I have downloaded to my phone, so I’m not sure if that makes a difference.
     
  22. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

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    Chicago metro, USA
    While not a service I have been listening to a lot of Radio Paradise main mix. The guy can make some timely selections!
    He must be an audio fan too because much of the music seems like borderline audiophile recordings and the sound quality of the stream is also excellent.
     
  23. Riktator

    Riktator Surfer of the Audio Waves

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    Pugetropolis
    Likely the difference...the car is pre-Android Auto so bluetooth is how it rolls and not in offline mode. But...I looked again and found Connect to Apps in the settings and under Navigation & Other Apps I found how to toggle it off. Not quite sure how I missed that before. I'm sure they dropped that in as a default during the Spotify app upgrade.
     
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  24. Bevok

    Bevok Forum Resident

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  25. csgreene

    csgreene Forum Resident

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    Idaho, USA
    I haven't bought any new music in ages (records or CDs) so if I don't own it, I stream it. I find Spotify and Pandora quite pleasing as well as Jazz24 and KJAZZ. I mostly play records in the evening on my main system (sometimes CDs as well). While I play records and CDs on occasion upstairs in the LR system, it's mostly streaming these days. Same with my bedroom and library system although I've got a turntable in the library as well. Bottom line, for just listening to music, streaming is great, even if it's slightly lower resolution. I don't notice that when I'm doing other things.
     
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