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    Default What Is Your Favorite Streaming Service For Classical Music?

    I have always bought all my music on CD's. I haven't changed my mind on that. I was just wondering what streaming service were people's favorites in case I change my mind. I like to know what's out there.

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    Naxos Music Library - expensive, doesn't have everything, well organized, much less commercialized than Spotify.

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    Naxos Music Library is fantastic and I enjoy using it, but I do like Spotify just for having more stuff.

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    Spotify covers me for classical and non-classical music. Any gaps can generally be made up from YouTube.

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    If you have good sound system Tidal has best sound quality using premium service with growing selection of masters series (MQA 24/96) but even the standard selections are CD quality vs 320 mp3 best for Spotify.......both have weak classical music search functions, but you learn how to use eventually.

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    I have Amazon Music, the 'free' version of which comes included with an Amazon Prime subscription and I find it has a pretty broad selection of classical music if not quite a comprehensive one. I find it a good way to explore a lot of composers or pieces or performances that I'm not necessarily sure I want to invest in actually purchasing. You can also pay a little extra to subscribe to the 'Music Unlimited' which gives you access to the full library.

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    I'd also mention that the Berlin Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera offer video streaming services (recordings of live performances), both of which are excellent, in my opinion.

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    Qobuz
    219.99 Euros a year in CD quality

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    If you have good sound system Tidal has best sound quality using premium service with growing selection of masters series (MQA 24/96) but even the standard selections are CD quality vs 320 mp3 best for Spotify.......both have weak classical music search functions, but you learn how to use eventually.
    Ditto on all points.

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    All streaming services are trash. On Tidal a great amount of albums have the tracks out of order, rendering them unusable. Spotify has awful MP3 audio quality. On Qobuz you can't search for albums. If you search for 'Bruckner Karajan' you get nothing. You must first select an artist and then spend two hours sifting through its listings to find what you want.

    The best medium we will ever have for listening to music is the audio CD. We should all tend to its survival by buying more of them.
    Last edited by ClassicalListener; Jul-13-2018 at 21:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicalListener View Post
    The best medium we will ever have for listening to music is the audio CD. We should all tend to its survival by buying more of them.
    the CD is a poor thing when compared to hi-res audio, it is a pity that the SACD or DVD-A never got much support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madiel View Post
    the CD is a poor thing when compared to hi-res audio, it is a pity that the SACD or DVD-A never got much support.
    Maybe they never got much support because nobody could hear the difference? Just asking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Maybe they never got much support because nobody could hear the difference? Just asking.
    no doubt about it, according to blind tests that I have conducted myself with friends (audiophiles some of them) and family, only a 10% can tell the difference (and the result with MP3 versus CD is quite similar), but in the end imho it is only a marketing failure - helped by the fact that the SACD came around when free illegal downloading of MP3 files was already a success - as a fact there is a lot of merchandise/products enjoying success/sales despite the fact that no one can tell the difference.

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    Naxos Music Library by far the best, imho. It's a perk that's part of my paid subscription status for IMSLP.

    At other times I use Pandora, for which I also have a paid subscription.

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    The Naxos Music Library looks good to me. Thanks for everyone's responses.

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