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Squeezemenicely
2015-04-06, 02:29
I have had Wimp/Tidal Hifi for a while now, lossless streaming is a good thing. But content - to me - is even more important.
With Tidal the selection of classical music is rather limited. Actually so limited, that it is more like a service for someone who once in a while wants to listen to mainstream classical recordings.

I also use Spotify and it is amazing what they offer, especially also in the classical sector. Really obscure stuff, it is great fun even exploring loads of live recordings etc.

Since I usually use Spotify for listening to "non-classical" music, where the compressed signal does not really make a difference to my ears, it is great to find new and interesting classical recordings, that I will later buy and rip to flac.

With the new owners of Tidal, it does not look as if they have any great interest in classical music, so content will probably not get any better.

Qobuz also has lossless streaming and is much better than Tidal with classical content. But the best of all is still Spotify, maybe there will be a lossless option in the future - that would be the one streaming service to rule them all.

hsmeets
2015-04-06, 04:14
I guess that at some point in a not too distant future loss-less will be normal and for some time stuff like high bitrate/DSD streaming will be premium until it becomes normal as nowadays lossy versus loss-less.

Of course while transitioning through parties involved will try to milk out as much money as possible :-)

With qobuz and tidal already into loss-less and them getting more momentum it will be just a matter of time that others like Spotify will follow. And likely some one will up the ante and starts offering DSD streams.

I just read elsewhere that next month a test is done to stream a concert of the Berliner symphonic orchestra from Japan in DSD.

Lossy compression comes from an era where storage and bandwidth was more limited, But when I look at where a live, a small rural town, we can choose from various DSL, cable and glass fiber, the latter two offering speeds up to 500Mbps and soon beyond.

matka
2015-04-06, 08:20
I have had Wimp/Tidal Hifi for a while now, lossless streaming is a good thing. But content - to me - is even more important.
With Tidal the selection of classical music is rather limited. Actually so limited, that it is more like a service for someone who once in a while wants to listen to mainstream classical recordings.

I've disconinued TIDAL not only because it's classical catalog is not that great, but becasue it is a Spotify clone where the SONG rules and composer is an ARTIST. Given the new ownership, I firmly believe this model will get even worse. I use qobuz where the concept of album is nicelly used.

Somebody on another group brought to my attention a streaming service from ArkivMusic, it is avaliable in US only and mp3 at 320kbps. I love their website organization and categorization into Conductors, Composers, Artist, Ensembles etc., the drill down funcitonality works very well. Since I don't live in US I'm not using the streaming service, but perhaps this is the future of classical music streaming. Worth supporting.

CommanderROR
2015-04-06, 11:05
I'm also one of those classical music users. Qobuz is probably the service to choose in our case, but they do have their shortcomings. Google Music works great for all types of music, but is not lossless, so we'll have to wait and see who best serves the classical crowd in the future. Wimp/Tidal was always disappointing for me, their focus is clearly not on classical content, you can see that best when you look at their classical Playlist selection...

Daverz
2015-04-21, 18:05
I've found enough classical music on Tidal to make it worthwhile if it were easier to find. A search on Mahler will not bring up anywhere near the number of Mahler recordings they have available. You have to search on composer and artist, and even then I'm not sure it's finding everything. And you can't browse around; you have to know what you are looking for.