For a few years I haven't paid close attention to audio quality other than setting Spotify to "very high" quality. Recently had opportunity to upgrade both my desktop and lounge systems, towards the "serious end of HiFi" rather than pushing audiophile. But even with this level of equipment the gap between lossless CD and Spotify is becoming too much of a stretch. Everyone I "informally blind test" prefers the CD quality input. (yes, imperfect scientific methodology noted)
I don't want to switch to a different service but basically feel I have to in order to enjoy the music as much as I should.
Yeah, super annoying Spotify doesn't get with the times and has been ignoring their customers for years. I have been a Premium subscriber for a long time and recently decided to try some lossless options. I am on a free trial with Tidal HiFi for now and it definitely sounds much better even on regular HiFi(not to mention Masters). I am a Prime member too so, I will be trying Amazon Music HD soon as well. Once my free trials are up I am going to decide which to keep. I was going to upgrade to a Premium family plan as my spouse wants Premium now too but, I'm sick of Spotify ignoring this issue and am going to cancel my Premium membership out of principle. Shame on you for not listening to your customers Spotify, my money is going elsewhere and I know I am not the only one...
I JUST DON'T GET WHY SPOTIFY IS SO SILENCE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT!! If you want to lose a part of your customer base that's exactly one good way to do it.
You are on an edge right now, like Nokia who did not adapt to their business environment. I don't want to cancel my subscription because I love Spotify. I have my premium account since the begging.
I have tried other services, and yet, the discography on Spotify is largely the best on the market. I can find all the music I look for and was never disappointed compared to Yahoo Music or Tidal for example.
Also the interface is largely better than the other services.
So you have the best product, but when it comes to Music, having the best sound quality is actually the MOST important part. People won't hesitate to switch because of that.
So be smart and COMMUNICATE ABOUT IT!!!!
WE WANT HI-FI NOW! WE WOULD LITERALLY ACCEPT TO PAY MORE FOR IT NOW!
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I canceled Spotify premium, Tidal Hifi is truly eye opening as to how big the difference in the audio quality is.
Tidal is right there with Spotify now with machine learning and recommendations, sorry Spotify but that's the harsh reality. Don't let your past success get to your head and listen to your valuable customers who've been screaming at the top of their voices past a few years.
You've lost a customer just a moment ago (me). Just like everyone else, if you add a "premium lossless" tier for a few $ more a month more, i'll consider coming back.