Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

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Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

EvilCoincoin
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The first time I noticed the problem was several years ago while listening to The King's Speech sound track spotify:album:6VKvELAackQ5QfVscXz7It 

 

 

You can clearly hear the flutter. No, those strings are not supposed to have that aggressive vibrato or tremolo. There should be a tiny bit of bounce in the bass but that's it.

 

They still haven't fixed the problem. I finally managed to contact Spotify support with a long list of albums and tracks with the problem, from Mozart to Hans Zimmer. They escalated and basically told me they knew about the problem for several years (Montag was one of their employee after all) and didn't give me any information about whether they would fix the problem or not and closed the ticket. 

 

My totally speculative conclusions: Either 1) Spotify don't care, despite people paying premium for high quality streams, or 2) UMG hate Spotify (they actually do) and refuse to reupload the library on purpose.

Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

EvilCoincoin
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@russellh1

I don't remember where I read that. It might have been on a forum with people complaining about their lossless downloads being affected by it. I do remember they had a link to the 3rd party company responsible for that.

 

As for the timeline, 2013 is a total guess of mine simply because music released after 2013 doesn't seem to be affected.

 

Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

Rock Star 16
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Hey guys!

Alright, the folks at Spotify aren't able to replicate your issue. Could you guys try to turn off Local Files? That might be the issue here. Let me know how it goes! :)

 

Have a nice day!

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Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

HenrikStevn
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I have never had Local Files enabled, and I'm still hearing the problem, especially on the Three Doors Down track Montag originally used as an example: https://www.mattmontag.com/music/universals-audible-watermark

 

The song on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/track/6uMPJ3NmW8FfqqNwqjUHrB

 

Compare to the original sample on Montag's site, the version currently on Spotify definitely has the audible watermark.

Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

Rock Star 16
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Hey @HenrikStevn!


Thanks for your answer! At what time do you hear the watermark exactly? Let me know!

Thanks for your patience! :)

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Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

HenrikStevn
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Pretty much right from the start, it's rather obvious on the guitar, if you compare to the original sample posted on Montag's site.

Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

Rock Star 16
Rock Star 16

Hi all!

Spotify would like to get to the bottom of this. Could you guys send over the track URIs of the tracks you're having issues with? With those, Spotify can take a closer look.

 

Thanks, have a nice day! :)

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Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

EvilCoincoin
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@Huib

 

Here is the list I already sent to support:

spotify:album:4snlejzrAzKlcCdo13Ik3q
spotify:album:5TMOqpo8tmDcsBuvFMCZWJ
spotify:album:4PXtt0OB7BMdOBfaGuifgh
spotify:track:4X81yiZ5wbVFPC1yU0mDsk
spotify:album:6BI0aiY3IasHkTBwNWkNMh
spotify:album:0wyImoR5ykWjk9ySaavr1P
spotify:album:3ahfYNoPhb5aaJ8rtpElSr
spotify:album:6VKvELAackQ5QfVscXz7It
spotify:album:4vMOcaz4NfFfZ3plhpAEgx
spotify:album:4IzBbPCbp4Ina3B2GlZNFS
spotify:album:6MinQE3GG7Xb9GWrOoAWEz
spotify:album:4FVbMmMiHfYAisDhdLqV03
spotify:album:3lgT2CiZOJCoLRJx2BZwDZ
 
 

Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

EvilCoincoin
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So... did Spotify get to the bottom of this?

Re: Audible watermarks degrading sound on Spotify premium

HenrikStevn
Gig Goer

As far as I can tell, the watermarks are still there.

 

Come on Spotify! The quality of your library is alpha and omega!

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