I stopped my subscription to Spotify and I erased Spotify from all the devices in the House. I no longer support them with their lack of know-how to live who never listen to paying users and their obsession with the podcast.
I don't even know if I'll come back when they have a better sound. Their interface is completely outdated, limited. They'd do well to take lessons with Apple music. In any case if you want to have a hope that it moves, it does as soon unsubscriptions en masse explaining why.
Tidal Hi-Fi is 18.99 via Plex partnership. You can still use the Tidal app as well. I have that and Spotify. I'm starting to see tracks listed that say 'Master'. I am going to presume these are 24-bit, doe anybody know?
The "M" next to tracks on Tidal denotes a MQA file which is a proprietary hi-res compressed (lossy) format licensed by Meridian. MQA or Master Quality Authentication is supposed to deliver the music the way it was recorded and mastered in the studio, at least that is the marketing buzz.
You need an MQA certified DAC to get the full 24-bit/192kHz signal. But some softwares such as Audirvana and the Tidal desktop or Tidal Chrome web player will do the first "unfold" of the MQA file to 24-bit and 88.2 or 96 kHz. I use Audirvana on my Macbook Pro. There is a lot of controversy regarding MQA quality and the principle of proprietary formats and holding hardware companies hostage. I am neutral and just want the best sound I can get and afford.
Many who departed already just wanted true lossless from Spotify. That’s all.
Oh well, we tried with Spotify. They could care less.
Meanwhile Tidal continues to evolve. Tidal gets it and they are in it for the long game. Spotify does not get it. They don’t want to. Cheap-cheap. Never pays to cut corners. Quality and Value always prevails in the end.