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  1. Yes I would echo those thoughts. I see many problems from people using various specialist audio players with a Miriad of Android versions, sd cards etc. Qobuz don’t have the development resources of the big boys so sticking to a common hardware and O/S platform will allow you to have a greater probability to just enjoy the music rather than spending all your time faffing around trying to install stable versions of Qobuz that work on your combo, losing downloads etc. I use it on iPhone iPad and Galaxy and have no issues with those platforms (only problems I’ve had are with Chromecast). You’ll easily get up to 24/48 resolution with off the shelf products and it sounds like you’ve got the dac to potentially go beyond that. A DAP or newer won’t change the bits you’re sending the DAC on Qobuz. That’s assuming the phone is reliable, has enough internal storage etc of course!
  2. Ah, I've always just called it Ogg but you're correct, to be accurate they are using Ogg Vorbis. Interesting comment here: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Spotify-use-the-relatively-obscure-Ogg-Vorbis-file-format Googling around just now I think I'm wrong that they've replaced it - it sounds like they use 256 aac for the web player but still use Ogg Vorbis for desktop, mobile and tablet. Time to repeat that testing if I can get an hour or two, perhaps with Tidal in the mix too!
  3. Its interesting actually, I did quite a few subjective comparisons between the services about three years ago, and consistently found Spotify inferior to Apple Music and Google Play Music as it was then. Fast forward a couple of months ago and Spotify lured me to give them another shot with a cheap three month deal, and I found the quality had improved and was in fact indistinguishable. I later found out they have changed from using 320 ogg to 256 aac. If you read up on it aac is superior in terms of the mathematics of how it works but I am surprised I noticed a difference - could still be other factors of course, I definitely don't have Golden ears! Now Tidal ... I've had a couple of people comment on how they were so so subjectively with Tidal then switched to Qobuz and noticed an improvement. They have a definite volume bump which artificially makes them sound better in comparisons if you're not careful too. I had a Tidal Hifi membership for a year or so until the infamous "Goldensound" video earlier this year (and Qobuz came on the market in New Zealand around the same time) and was just never blown away by the sound. Not saying it was worse than lossy or anything like that, just that it seemed ordinary. I didn't have any beef against it, MQA or anything else (still on the fence on that really but I can get FLAC/ALAC elsewhere and don't have to buy special hardware so why bother with it). Qobuz over Chromecast though - certain pieces really seem to sing! Tidal emailed today offering a month of Hifi for free, then a year at the same price as Apple Music (interesting they haven't yet made the price drop permanent or available on the website). I'm almost tempted to do some more testing. I will say Tidal did have very good recommendations for me anyway. Love the Bertrand Russell quote, spot on and thinking critically and taking everything with a grain of salt is one of the most important skills of the Internet age. "Strong opinions held weakly".
  4. I find 256k AAC sounds really good in virtually every application, apart from perhaps the most critical listening, and even then you really need training to spot the tells. IMHO. Youtube Music sometimes gets a bit of a bad rap but I've found the recommendation engine to be spot on and unbeaten among the other services I've used. I did use GPM for a number of years which probably helps. Probably the only issue is that you can only get gapless playback directly off your device or via Airplay - hopefully one day Chromecast will be able to manage it. You're right about the catalogue, unparalleled.
  5. I can’t paste the link but search for a BluOS support article entitled “WHAT MUSIC SERVICES DOES BLUOS SUPPORT?”. Deezer is worth considering also, with CD quality across the board on the Hifi tier, big library, a mature recommendation engine and big range of playlists, original content and one of the widest ranges of hardware support.
  6. Yes, the per stream rates are a construct used by a lot of commentators and activists but they just aren’t commercially relevant. It’s a bit like saying Uncle Ben’s Cola is so much better for caffeine producers than Coca Cola because they pay 14c per litre and Coke only pay 8. You can verify this by looking at the number of artists who only have their music on Qobuz.
  7. Which streaming companies do they own a good portion of, and what is the share? I know of Spotify where they own a combined 8%. You've given some information on the absolute amount of income from physical sales which is really interesting (would like to read some more on that). Sorry if I wasn't clear but I was referring to the share of income to creators vs other stakeholders like record companies (e.g. the pie chart on page 6 of http://www.promus.dk/files/midia_consulting_-_the_death_of_the_long_tail.pdf) rather than absolute income. There doesn't seem to be a lot of evidence that that has changed significantly. "But the advent of non phsical media enabled them to cut the share going to the artists" This is the bit I'm interested in - most of the articles I read (independent research) don't seem to back this up. I'm happy to be corrected though.
  8. The Perehia wasn’t appearing yesterday in iOS when I tested it after reading this post but is now (third in the list)
  9. You've hit the nail on the head there and my point is that they are a bigger part of where the problem lies, and I don't think streaming changed things much from before. Certainly there isn't a lot of decent evidence of this. The article discusses this. The whole industry is really problematic although this isn't unusual in our capitalist system - its very common for those doing the actual creating or producing to receive a tiny share and those in the middle to take a big share. It looks like we are entering another era where other platforms like Facebook Tik Tok etc will lessen the revenue importance of MSPs which might provide more leverage for "rights holders" to extract more from MSPs. I doubt musicians will receive more as a result though. Be interesting to see how that goes - there will probably be some consolidation etc. Unfortunately if they have to increase their subscription rates significantly we'll probably be back to rampant piracy again.
  10. These arguments are often made by musicians. I have always felt they are dubious, and suspect they are put up to it by record companies and rights holders who I think are the real problem (and always have been). Most streaming services pay between 50 - 70% of gross revenue to rights holders and make a loss, so its hard to imagine a lot more being wrung from them. A dose of reality is useful too - have a look at music revenue trends less streaming and contemplate how that would look. I actually think the recent 'vinyl revival' which isn't really that significant revenue-wise (in overall terms) would have been much SMALLER without streaming - most buyers wouldn't have even heard of the artists without YouTube, Spotify etc. This article is one of the few that looks a the whole issue in a non-partisan way and with some historic context: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1461444820953541
  11. Can "My Weekly Q" please be exposed in interfaces such as Sonos?
  12. I’ve mainly been using my Arylic recently but use Chromecast on my main system. I’m disappointed to see the issue still remains of album playback ending after each track and having to press play to begin the next piece. Playing from an iPad. @David Craff Thank you
  13. I've even seen some people saying Spotify is so much better going for CD quality and with their more robust and functional Spotify Connect product - this for a product that hasn't even made it to market!
  14. I use it on Sonos and an Arylic streamer through their apps flawlessly, I believe Musicast and Blueos also have support for it although I haven't used those personally.
  15. The Media Player framework allows the app to keep playing media in the background even when locked. Downloading is not seen as interactively using the app so it gets freezed when you change focus or lock. This affects all streaming apps (Youtube Music, Deezer, Tidal) in my testing, although not Apple Music :-) So its an Operating System thing not a Qobuz app thing.
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