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    Tidal vs Qobuz? Your feedback on 16/44 FLAC listening experience on LMS

    Spotify is fine in my car and in the kitchen, and Spotty is fantastic, but 320mp3 Spotify is not cutting it on my nicer listening system. I'd like to try some 16/44 FLAC streaming.

    Which of Tidal and Qobuz is the better overall experience through LMS? I know a few folks have tried both, and many have one or the other. I am more concerned about solid and reliable playback than I am about extras like seeing album art, but the ability to effectively search and browse the respective catalogs is important.

    Does one service (plugin) or the other generally work better with LMS, or are they essentially equal from LMS usage and function perspective?

    - plugin Stability? (plugin crashes / disconnects / buffering dropouts, etc)
    - plugin Usability? (access to service, search / browse functionality via LMS web UI, etc)
    - Can either of the services be driven from their own app through LMS, or does one use the LMS UI to find and queue songs?
    - both plugins still actively maintained? Are the respective APIs stable or "moving targets" like Spotify is?

    Context: I am typically listening via a Transporter, driving via the Material Skin UI on a phone in the western US.

    Thanks for any feedback here, I'm trying to decide between the two services. Wondering which I should test out first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwc View Post
    Spotify is fine in my car and in the kitchen, and Spotty is fantastic, but 320mp3 Spotify is not cutting it on my nicer listening system. I'd like to try some 16/44 FLAC streaming.

    Which of Tidal and Qobuz is the better overall experience through LMS? I know a few folks have tried both, and many have one or the other. I am more concerned about solid and reliable playback than I am about extras like seeing album art, but the ability to effectively search and browse the respective catalogs is important.

    Does one service (plugin) or the other generally work better with LMS, or are they essentially equal from LMS usage and function perspective?

    - plugin Stability? (plugin crashes / disconnects / buffering dropouts, etc)
    - plugin Usability? (access to service, search / browse functionality via LMS web UI, etc)
    - Can either of the services be driven from their own app through LMS, or does one use the LMS UI to find and queue songs?
    - both plugins still actively maintained? Are the respective APIs stable or "moving targets" like Spotify is?

    Context: I am typically listening via a Transporter, driving via the Material Skin UI on a phone in the western US.

    Thanks for any feedback here, I'm trying to decide between the two services. Wondering which I should test out first.
    I have both but I'm going to drop Tidal when the 5 months for ú5 offer ends.
    The reason I am dropping Tidal over Qobuz is that the plugin for the latter is under active development whereas Tidal requires MySB and I feel isn't likely to get as much development.
    I'm on Qobuz Studio so I have access to 16/44.1 but also HD.


    EDIT
    Glad you reminded me. Tidal needed cancelling this month

    Qobuz is also cheaper at ú14.99 vs ú19.99 for Tidal
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    Hey thanks for the response!

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