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In Reply to: RE: Qobuz Sublime posted by email@example.com on May 12, 2017 at 01:58:04
I have the usual 20 Euro a month subscription that I signed up for while in France but the only OS-X player I can get is French so I really do not understand well the way 'Sublime' would work if I also paid the extra money for it.
Compared to the normal CD quality option Sublime's main offer is the ability to buy downloads from Qobuz at a discount. A very good discount BTW as hi-rez offerings from other suppliers costing , say, 14 gbp are on sale to Sublime members for around 9 gbp.
Having bought the download Sublime then also allows that purchase to be streamed in hi-rez although the value of this escapes me as one then already has that recording in one's library.
It does not allow hi-rez streaming of repertoire that has not been purchased.
There is a further advantage as a year's subscription to Sublime is cheaper than a year's subscription to the CD standard option, the downside being that one has to pay for the whole year upfront rather than in monthly installments. Clearly the purpose for Qobuz is to improve cashflow. Therefore you need to be confident that Qobuz will be around in a year. Remember that 18 months ago they were bankrupt and on the edge of closing. They then found a new owner and there seems to have been quite a lot of money injected since if the new desktop player is an example. However I cannot find out who the current owner is and thus be in a position to take an informed guess as to Qobuz' likely future stability.
You did mention to me a few weeks ago that you thought that purchases from Qobuz may only be played via the Qobuz app. I don't think that this is the case so long as the purchase is downloaded to your hard drive. Yes Qobuz does have the option to download into the app as well. The file downloaded to the hard drive is also not a straightforward zip file and needs to be unlocked with a freeware widget. I can't remember what it is called offhand. Incidentally an album downloaded to you hard disc will also appear in the app in the "Purchases" section ( see the menu at the top of the app).
Wish me luck as in 2 hours ticket sales open for this year's Proms season. It will inevitably result in my spending much of the day online in the Royal Albert Hall's virtual waiting room while all of the good tickets are vacuumed up by the ticket scalper's bots. OT, sorry.
Too bad. :-(
Did make a Hi-Rez purchase on QOBUZ recently(pictured above). Spent as much time on-line trying to get the QOBUZ down-loader to work with my Macbook Air as you will likely spend getting PROMS tickets!
And good luck with that!
Was cheap (6 Eros) and worth the effort. I have the 'hm' France CD of the same piece and like the version better and I THINK but do not know, that many of the BnF releases on QOBUZ are in fact LP transfers as I swear I hear a bit of grove noise in the background on really soft passages.
Very reassuring for an old Vinylphile!
" grove noise " ? Presumably olive as it's from France?
Thanks, I did well on my Proms tickets this year and actually got allocated seats for the John Wilson Orchestra night. Very spectacular and which sells out virtually immediately. This year it is a semi-staged performance of "Oklahoma". Not the stage musical score but they recreate the full movie score using a huge convential orchestra which effectively has a swing dance band section dropped into it. The Orchestra features a hand picked line up including players from many of the top European orchestras. I remember the BBC continuity announcer amazed one year that she could recognise some front desk players from the Royal Concertgebouw in the violin section.
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