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    I know we've had this chat before, that vinyl is poised to surpass CD sales in very near future

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    audiobill

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    Post by audiobill on Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:51 am

    For me, I highly value Tidal's streaming service -30-50 million tracks at lossless (cd quality) resolution for $11.99 per month (including veteran's discount).

    Convenient, no end to choice, great sonics and low price - you couldn't buy one new cd a month for that price.

    Also, I think some confuse streaming with downloading - different things.

    Amazon just announced a lossless streaming service for $12.99 / month, and it's rumored that Apple and Spotify will soon follow.

    I just don't get clinging to physical digital media in this age. Vinyl for some, maybe, but that's about it.

    Bill

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    Post by chad1376 on Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:43 pm

    I might need to give Tidal a try. Qobuz is good to a point, but I keep looking for more obscure artists, and coming back with a blank.

    Spotify kind of has the opposite problem. The depth is pretty good, but for more popular artists, you have to sort through multiple-multiple versions of "best-of" and compilation albums - all with more-or-less the same stuff. I like to listen to songs from the original albums, in the order they were originally presented. All that tends to be on the bottom of the list.

    Amazon - I might have to take a look. Problem is, I already spend too much of my expendable income on Amazon, buying crap I don't really need Wink
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    Post by chad1376 on Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:52 pm

    Follow up - on Amazon.  I went ahead and signed up for the 90-day trial.
    1)  Can't stream high-res via a browser - you have to have the desktop app.
    2)  My main listening computer is running Linux
    3)  They don't have a desktop app for Linux.

    So, that's no Bueno!  Too bad, I'll need to unsubscribe before they start billing me.
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    Post by deepee99 on Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:48 pm

    chad1376 wrote:Follow up - on Amazon.  I went ahead and signed up for the 90-day trial.
    1)  Can't stream high-res via a browser - you have to have the desktop app.
    2)  My main listening computer is running Linux
    3)  They don't have a desktop app for Linux.

    So, that's no Bueno!  Too bad, I'll need to unsubscribe before they start billing me.

    I think if you can run Squeebox on your iPhone you might be in luck, though I've tried it and the only option is iPeng, which doesn't see the Amazon thing.
    So I did same as you. Signed on for the free Amazon trial, then get off before the bills come. Tidal suits my "big system" needs just fine, and for the den for background music, free Spotify.
    Go Tidal, and thanks for the tip on that many years ago, Bill.
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    Post by alexaudio on Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:39 am

    Ernstmach wrote:"chad1376 wrote:
    With high-res streaming services available, why purchase physical digital media?"

    That's great if that works for you.
    With the poor internet service I have I would never rely on that to provide music.
    Owning physical media is a thing of the past, which is where I exist..
    I use the internet to purchase my physical media.
    Absolutely, that's what I thought. But some people like to stick with the physical media rather than streaming. I often seen turntables are still used by people in homes, as they know there are much more advancements in music industry.
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    Post by MechEngVic on Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:38 am

    I have over 500 LP's and about 1500 CD's. All stuffed into the corners of my garage. I was the biggest streaming skeptic until I got my little Chromecast Audio. I figured, why not try it. At 30 bucks, I won't mind too much when it gets relegated to the garage. But no, it's the CD's and LP's in the garage.

    You can say what you want about a post-internet apocalypse, or ownership issues. NOTHING beats being able to press a few times on my tablet and listen to any song I could ever, in my twisted, never-ending effort to find that song from way back, think of; or listen to unlimited music I've never heard before.... Instantly; not after a search-intensive trip the the record store. More time in front of the speakers. And all in 16/44 or higher.

    If the internet ever goes out, I can always listen to the 30,000 songs I have on my computer.

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