Spotify launching 'HiFi' lossless streaming later this year

JohnVF

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Spotify's GUI and music selected for you algorithm are worth the extra coin. I'll definitely give the lossless service a go.
Their algorithm might not even be that different but there are just so many more people on Spotify that, if you have somewhat obscure tastes, its going to have more data to scrounge from to figure you out. They probably have ten? twenty? times the number of listeners as Tidal? Tidal always offers up the most expected, basic, tracks for me. "Do you want to hear Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison?" "NO!!! I love Van Morrison as you've noticed, but NO! I never want to hear that song again!" Whereas Spotify will dig up some hidden gem off of Veedon Fleece that I haven't heard in 15 years, and I'll smile and go about my day.
 
Their algorithm might not even be that different but there are just so many more people on Spotify that, if you have somewhat obscure tastes, its going to have more data to scrounge from to figure you out. They probably have ten? twenty? times the number of listeners as Tidal? Tidal always offers up the most expected, basic, tracks for me. "Do you want to hear Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison?" "NO!!! I love Van Morrison as you've noticed, but NO! I never want to hear that song again!" Whereas Spotify will dig up some hidden gem off of Veedon Fleece that I haven't heard in 15 years, and I'll smile and go about my day.

I started streaming with Spotify in 2012 using an iPod and Pure Audio dock. I hope the algorithm won't change will lossless. Amazon appears to be attempting to mimic Spotify but, IMHO, it's not as good.

I've gotten two emails offering Tidal for $2 a month for two months. I wonder why? I'll pass though.
 

MikeyFresh

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I've gotten two emails offering Tidal for $2 a month for two months. I wonder why?
You know why, they sense they are about to get crushed by the big boys and are making every last desperate attempt to gain paid subscribers, knowing many people resist change.

So all they have to do is get you in the door and a certain % will just stay after that, instead of make a change. It won't work, they are already getting crushed, once lossless is fully rolled out by Apple and Spotify, that combined with Amazon HD at $7.99/mo. for Prime members and $9.99/mo. for everyone else likely means game over for TIDAL, and sadly perhaps Qobuz too.

Roon seems to sense this too, said to now be in a rush to integrate Deezer, lest they be left with no streaming partner.
 

JohnVF

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You know why, they sense they are about to get crushed by the big boys and are making every last desperate attempt to gain paid subscribers, knowing many people resist change.

So all they have to do is get you in the door and a certain % will just stay after that, instead of make a change. It won't work, they are already getting crushed, once lossless is fully rolled out by Apple and Spotify, that combined with Amazon HD at $7.99/mo. for Prime members and $9.99/mo. for everyone else likely means game over for TIDAL, and sadly perhaps Qobuz too.

Roon seems to sense this too, said to now be in a rush to integrate Deezer, lest they be left with no streaming partner.
Qobuz seems to at least have some good will behind it- less of us happily stabbing it in the back and running away like we are with Tidal (which I don't miss in even the slightest way). If Spotify goes beyond CD quality I might leave Qobuz but if not, Qobuz is cheap enough to stay a part of my life. I just cut Sling at $30 out of my video streaming life... no more live TV for me... so I have some wiggle room for streaming cost :)
 
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