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Tidal has a clear advantage over Itunes but will I hear it?

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Posted on January 9, 2017 at 08:45:28
kitch29
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While I believe my all analog system is second to none (I built it ;-}), I stream (is that the term?) I tunes from an old Ipad2 through a $50 Miccus Bluetooth receiver. Result? Background music.

I heard the substantial difference Tidal makes on another system with high end computers, DACs, Bluetoothers, etc. No chance I'll buy more capable equipment, I'm currently financing several doctors and hospitals improved equipment :).

 

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RE: Tidal has a clear advantage over Itunes but will I hear it?, posted on January 9, 2017 at 14:19:38
ahendler
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You can try tidal for free so you can decide for yourself. Go to the Tidal site and sign up for there free trial program
Alan

 

RE: Tidal has a clear advantage over Itunes but will I hear it?, posted on January 9, 2017 at 20:39:23
AbeCollins
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If you're talking about streaming the Apple Music service via iTunes then YES, Tidal -should- sound noticeably better because Tidal streams at a higher bit rate ("CD quality"). Like many other popular music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, Apple Music also uses lossy compression and a lower bit rate.

However, if you are talking about playing your OWN music files from your computer using iTunes, then the quality will depend a lot on whether you used no compression, lossless compression, or lossy MP3 or AAC compression when you 'ripped' your CD's to create your music files.



 

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