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In Reply to: RE: Playlist of Hi-Rez NOT posted by Loan Arranger on July 05, 2017 at 10:54:16
I think that your basic problem is an unrealistic expectation.
Sublime + is only 51 days old today. To expect all or most of the albums on offer to be available with 24 bit depth is frankly naive given the fact that Qobuz is not offering only brand new recordings but those available over the whole history of recording which have been digitised and commercially released. Very few, if any, recordings made using digital methods between approx 1973 and , say, 2000 or even later will ever be available in true 24 bit resolution as the technology was then not in use. Other analogue recordings that were digitised during that period may never be digitised again using hi-rez technology as they are of comparatively minority interest.
Furthermore there is the question of record company compliance in making hi-rez recordings available which I have covered in my earlier posts.
Right now you and I are early adopters of a hi-rez streaming service that already offers a greater magnitude of hi-rez recordings than any competitor. The number of hi-rez recordings available will increase substantially over the period of your subscription. By way of example when I joined Qobuz around 8 months ago the works of some of my favourite British composers were noticeable by their complete absence. Now, however, they may be represented by a great proportion of all the recordings made post the 78 era. Of course 100% is unlikely ever to be achieved.
Just accept, as an early adopter, that the repertoire available to you in hi-rez will grow and that, irrespective of hi-rez, the 16/44.1 files still sound great subject to the original recording (which, after all, trumps all).
I would add that when you say that recordings are not avialable in the format advertised this is incorrect. Nowhere does Qobuz state that any given recording is available for streaming in a particular format. They just say "available". Which they are as Qobuz is both a streaming and a download purchase ( BTW at a big discount) service.
From the Qobus Sublime+ web site introduction: "Sublime+ offers access to more than 90% of the Qobuz Hi-Res catalogue of over 70 000 albums, but also to the rest of the Qobuz catalogue, i.e. 40 million tracks in 16-Bit FLAC quality (CD quality, lossless)."
I guess my real gripe is with the statement that 90% of the total Hi-Rez catalog is accessible. That means, to me, for streaming. That is what their selling, a streaming service not a download sales catalog. In classical, for me, they do not come close to 90%. Maybe there is a chance of hitting 90% if you count all those albums mislabeled as 24 bit but really are not available for streaming at the advertised resolution.
"With Sublime+ you can choose the quality that's right for you at any time: with streaming and offline importing alike." Another quote form their pitch.
" I guess my real gripe is with the statement that 90% of the total Hi-Rez catalog is accessible. That means, to me, for streaming. That is what their selling, a streaming service not a download sales catalog. "
That is your personal interpretation of what they are selling. This has led to your expectation but does not reflect their actual offer. The offer for Sublime + reads (copied and pasted from the UK home page):
" The best music subscription in the world: unlimited Hi-Res streaming, Hi-Res downloads at a special price".
Sublime+ and Sublime plain vanilla are not, and never have been, streaming only services. Incidentally newcomer Primephonic has a similar pitch.
BTW those special prices really are with albums costing, say, 12-14 gbp at other download sites being available from Qobuz to Sublime members at 8-9 gbp. Of course as the service is only currently available in the EU those prices include VAT at circa 20%.
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