I couldn’t believe how bad the Apple Music ui was when I tried it. Like having a ticket to a museum full of masterpieces but only being allowed to view them through a keyhole.Almost always Spotify due to its search facilities, suggested tracks & playlists. If I’m listening jazz or classical albums then Apple Music lossless.
As soon as Spotify offers lossless I will cancel the Apple Music subscription. It has awful UI. Unlike the accepted belief Apple doesn’t care about UX.
Headphone tuner sounds like eq. Yay.Then you might have to think about whether it's worth paying $19.99 a month, which it is rumored that Spotify lossless will cost. If it ever comes, Spotify lossless that is. Why should you now pay double for Spotify lossless compared to what, I think, Apple lossless costs? In addition, Apple lossless now exists.
.."awful UI".., maybe worth paying extra to avoid?
This is just a survey Spotify did recently, for someone, or some people/users :
This happens when you allow Apple to replace your tracks in your library with higher quality versions where exists, which is almost always. It seems in your case not all of the replaced tracks were downloaded. When you cancel your subscription you can no longer download them and they are greyed out. However, if you download all your library before cancelling the tracks will stay playable.
This is what I have observed on a few friends libraries. Please correct me if my explanation is wrong.
Apple is like the Mob: once in you can’t get out without consequences.
I’d be curious about your impressions of the Plex? I don’t know many who use it as a solution.About 90% on a basement Plex server which handles both video and audio. I work from home and will put on something fairly benign like Ambient at a very low level.
I have 2.1 system on my screened veranda which is used only during May - October. Mostly Plex, but been digging a few TuneIn channels.
Yeah feels like being crippled, search doesn't know what i want, it takes ages, ux is weird, but it sounds sooooo much better than spotifyI couldn’t believe how bad the Apple Music ui was when I tried it. Like having a ticket to a museum full of masterpieces but only being allowed to view them through a keyhole.
Possibly worthy of another thread, but true in my case also. I guess you play your “money” speaker when it matters. But lifestyle speakers have a place in a music lovers home. I suppose if you have no concerns about money just buy SOTA everything so you can jam to Mozart while taking a poop.Irony is the least-used system has the most expensive single pair of speakers!
I use Plex for my local digital audio/video hosting. I've been using it for probably a decade. I highly recommend it if you have that as a need. They have a desktop audio player called plexamp that is wonderfully minimalist and small in the UI, yet very well featured. Controls show up on hover. Here is a pic:I’d be curious about your impressions of the Plex? I don’t know many who use it as a solution.
Got a Sonos in 2006, and my whole family has been 95% streaming ever since. My wife and kids are streaming on the Sonos and phone (of course), I stream high-res and CD quality downloads and streaming on both my 2-ch audio setup and a multi channel HT/audio set up.Regarding music, not home cinema.
I see this in front of me. A system consisting of a vintage amp, maybe vintage speakers and turntables VS modern with well performing class D amp, modern speakers and lossless streaming. If you have these two solutions, what do you listen to the most?
Of course, it doesn't have to be exactly that combination, the question applies generally. It may even be that you mostly listen to the car stereo (you may be out on the road a lot in connection with your job therefore car stereo), or with headphones paired with your mobile phone, or...and so on.
I have a friend who listens mostly to his crappy "HiFi" solution he has in the basement because it's his free time when he's tinkering with his projects. Otherwise, he spends most of his time with his family and then there is not much listening to music. So there are of course different variations on how to listen to music.
Here for example.
I see a tape recorder in the picture, but I'm almost 100% sure that that person also uses some lossless streaming provider (Qobuz if I remember correctly).
Clue about whose HiFi solution it is: That person usually tests and measures a lot of HiFi related stuff :
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Possibly worthy of another thread, but true in my case also. I guess you play your “money” speaker when it matters. But lifestyle speakers have a place in a music lovers home. I suppose if you have no concerns about money just buy SOTA everything so you can jam to Mozart while taking a poop.