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for a boomer who wants high res but will settle for whatever res is available on all those oldies of his youth, as well as jazz, classical, and pop? Some of these services seem very awkward to use -- possibly because I'm not willing to take time to learn the nuances.
I want to make playlists, be able to keep album contents together, and search quickly for particular versions or performances of favorite songs or performances from yesteryear. I'm the sort of person who will not settle for a mid-life re-recording of My Boyfriend's Back or a version of She's Not There where the flams have mysteriously disappeared from the drum track, not to mention a version of Rite of Spring that is not the one he owned in 1973.
Thank you for any suggestions or experiences you are willing to share!
It's never too late to turn back the clock.
Hope this does not impact on their FLAC downolads
7digital to power hi-res streaming service
5 June 2017 | 09:17am
StockMarketWire.com - 7digital will power a forthcoming high resolution streaming service from the founders of HDtracks.
The HDmusicStream service will use MQA technology to deliver studio quality music, while 7digital will handle app development, host the music catalogue on its platform and deliver tracks to consumers.
A statement issued by 7digital said: "Recent announcements by Sony Music Group and Merlin confirm that MQA has secured major and independent label support for its technology.
"Along with Warner Music Group and Universal, who previously revealed partnerships with MQA, those labels will make their music catalogues and new releases available in the hi-res MQA format.
"The HDmusicStream service is expected to launch in H2 2017."
7digital's deputy chief executive Pete Downton, will be appearing at music industry conference Midem in Cannes tomorrow to discuss the next wave in subscription music with representatives from DEG (Digital Entertainment Group), Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, MQA and Qobuz.
7digital previously announced this contract on an un-named basis within its interim results statement for the six months to 30 June 2016, published on 19 September.
Downton said: "We are excited today to be able to confirm our relationship with HDtracks. The Grammy Award-winning label Chesky Records - from HDtracks founders David and Norman Chesky - has, for many years, set the highest standards in high resolution audio.
"Their pursuit of excellence will soon be available to audiophile music fans in a streaming service for the first time."
When you say internet service do you mean a music streaming service and not an internet provider?If so:
Unfortunately you live in the USA and, as yet, won't have access ( or easy access) to probably the best, Qobuz. However all streaming services can only offer what is licensed to them by the record ompanies. The result is that none have anything like full coverage of the whole recorded music catalogue. It is somewhat piecemeal and unstable as the companies can ( and do) withdraw repertoire, license it only for given periods etc.
If you are happy to put up with good but lossy sound then Spotify Premium may be the nearest to what you want. It seems to have the most comprehensive repertoire of all as far as I can judge. Yes you can make playlists get full albums etc. They all provide that. Searching is, however, like most such systems only as good as the search terms that you type in. Unfortunately one does not necessarily know which terms the search engine uses as the key identifiers for a given piece of music. I don't think that e.g. release date or, say, 1982 version, is necessarily amongst them.
Choice also depends upon how much you want to spend a month.
As this is the hi-rez forum however then, if that is an important criterion, then Tidal is your service.
Thank you for your helpful reply! It looks like I will have to download from various sources to my own computer or server and then have software that can list and play files from different vendors in a variety of formats. Do the players provided with Apple or Amazon or Windows handle most of the file formats out there or are there big limitations? I'm sorry these are dumb questions but I started out in the analog era and I'm having trouble keeping up with all these compatibility issues. Thanks for any additional info you can add!
It's never too late to turn back the clock.
If you are limited to downloading then, again, you will find the repertoire available to you limited particularly if you specifically want a particular recording of, say, historic interest or provenance.
There seem to be two types of service for purchasing a download . There is the quick and easy type like Apple and i-tunes or Amazon Music but which are limited to lossy formats like the now outdated MP3 or the more up to date AAC etc. Big pop music catalogues is my impression.
The other type work more like online record shops with a degree of specialist interest e.g HDTracks. Not so straightforward as i-tunes as you may need to install a special download manager or at least be competent in dealing with zipped files and file management on your computer.
Given what I think you are wanting then you sound like a serious record ( or "recording" as I guess we need to say these days) collector. I really think that the only way you will meet your desires is to go for all the options; downloading, ripping from CDs and subscribing to at least one streaming service. I do this as a reasonably serious classical music collector.
If you accept that is a reasonable strategy to find the repertoire that you want then you need a way of storing and playing it.
The players that come as part of your Windows or IOS system have lots of limitations including the formats that they will deal with. Most people on these forums will use proprietory file management/storage/playing software and, often, specialised ripping software as well, some of which will also automatically handle the cover art/metadata side of things. Storage is usually outside of the computer itself using either directly attached storage e.g. USB HDDs or by using network storage (NAS).Whichever is chosen will depend upon your broader requirements, for example could there be more than one user at a time, would you want to access the music files and player in different rooms ( perhaps also at the same time?
Without writing a lengthy response I will just say that as a Windows user I am very happy using JRiver MC file handling/playing software ( you can also rip with it) and dbpoweramp with its Perfect Tunes extension to handle all of the tagging. There are free trial periods available for both so I would suggest downloading them and playing away until you feel comfortable using them. Thereon they are a one off purchase ( not an annual subscription). JRiver handles just about every format, audio and video, known to mankind ( for now :-)).
If you are an Apple person then you will need to rely upon other inmates to help you choose what to do as I know even less about Apple than I do about Windows.
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