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In Reply to: RE: Tidal or Qobuz or . . . posted by Pat D on October 03, 2023 at 19:16:09
The basic Tidal HiFi tier for CD Quality music (no hi-res, no MQA) + hi-def music videos is costing me less than $6.00/mo (Veteran's discounted rate). At that price I'll just keep it around, and I do enjoy their music videos now and then too.
But I also subscribe to Qobuz Studio for CD Quality + Hi-Res music streaming (no discounts on their downloads as I no longer download my music anyway).
The service I feel sorry for is HD Tracks. Are they still around? Did they change their business model to include streaming?
Edits: 10/05/23Follow Ups:
I love HDTracks and still buy music from them. I put my music library on an SSD and play it in my car.
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WRT HD Tracks, yes they are still around though I have no insight regarding their profitability (or losses). I will say that, for those who want to own their own media (digital or physical), the streaming services will never satisfy.
I don't mind not owning the movies I stream, but music is different. YMMV, but I think there will always be options like HR Tracks for those who want to purchase their music.
One other thing that is surprising to me in a way: So-called audiophiles who must have the megabuck power, interconnect and USB cables, and even network cables because they "enhance the sound quality" of their system are some of the same ones who will crow about the sound quality of Quboz, Tidal, etc. It doesn't seem to bother them that the music stream travels for miles through network cables that were installed by manufacturers and service providers that won the bid by in most cases charging the lowest cost to the network providers for their services.
While I've never seen the equipment used by Tidal or Quboz, I did work for a cable company for a while. At least in that case, their networking facility and hubs didn't employ boutique cables or power cords to transmit content to subscribers. Many of those same facilities are those that are delivering internet services to those same cable-conscious audiophiles.
Just makes me scratch my head sometimes.
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