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Tidal vs. Deezer vs. Qobuz vs. Spotify vs. Apple Music

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Thank you @Music1969, but what about the lossy default setting vs. the AAC 256 from the Lossless menu? It's clear from the above graph that they're not bitperfect. I can redo this test with another song if you thing I should, but for me these two settings aren't the same. Let me know if you think I'm wrong and I'll dive deep into this.
 

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Thank you @Music1969, but what about the lossy default setting vs. the AAC 256 from the Lossless menu? It's clear from the above graph that they're not bitperfect. I can redo this test with another song if you thing I should, but for me these two settings aren't the same. Let me know if you think I'm wrong and I'll dive deep into this.

Hmmm yes there should be zero difference between "Lossless DISABLED" and "Lossless ENABLED + High Quality AAC 256 option"

So that is indeed strange
 

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It's strange indeed, but I understand the menu as two options you would not changed later :
- unchecked = force AAC/lossy (if you always want lossy and less data used) and always use it.
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- checked = let you choose, in which you can pick AAC/lossy, ALAC up to 48kHz and ALAC up to 192kHz

But in this case, it would have been easier to just let choose between both ALAC only, and pick between lossy and lossless by checking/unchecking the first option

There is no reason for them to stream two different AAC, unless that if you uncheck "lossless" it gives you something like Tidal (AAC 96), and checked gives you AAC 256 and both ALAC, but it would be an error to put this AAC 256 in the lossless menu.

If you pick a track you really know, it should be easy to find a difference between AAC 96 and 256 if it's the case, and you can also test with "lossless" checked between AAC 256 and ALAC.
On Tidal, there are some tracks where it's "easy" to find AAC 320 and FLAC (real FLAC) differences
 
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I used the Qobuz trial for a month, but won't be keeping my sub. Using the Windows app and WASAPI shared, I get a sound hiccup every time a song ends. This doesn't happen when playing music from foobar using WASAPI shared. That's a deal breaker.
 

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