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Qobuz flac streaming

Has anyone else tried Qobuz streaming? You can stream high quality flac . I use their iphone app and use airplay ( which again is lossless) and the sound quality is terrific, way better than spotify 320kbps or itunes. I'm currently on their one month trial.
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Hey masilver1,

I have been using Qobuz for about 3 months now. Yes, it is expensive, but well worth the difference IMHO. In A/Bing the same song(s)
with Spotify/MOG/Qobuz the difference in fidelity was easy to hear. Qobuz at 16/44.1 is approximately 4.5 times the resolution of 320kbps (MOG, Spotify). Those that say they do not hear a difference is because: 1) They have a hearing problem, or 2) They do not have the gear that can reproduce that audible difference.

Also, Qobuz is saving me money in the long run. When I got to figuring how much I actually spent on time, gas, and CD purchases in a month's period of time I saw that is was much more than the monthly Qobuz fee. Also, even though I have about 10,000+ songs recorded to my laptop via FLAC, with Qobuz I have access to about 17 million songs (and growing) all in CD quality.

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In the email this weekend:

"Dear Qobuz Client,

Today, we are both proud and excited to announce the official opening of the Qobuz music download service in your country.

Born in 2009 and open originally in France alone, Qobuz is the online music service that sets the bar for sound quality and editorial content, boasting the largest catalogue of HD downloads in the world.

You won't find MP3 files here! The entire catalogue, including major and independent labels across all musical genres, is available for you in at least True CD Quality (Lossless). Qobuz goes even further to offer you the world's largest catalogue of releases in 24-bit Studio Master quality. This format is superior even to that of a CD, and allows you to listen to your music exactly how it leaves the studio, approved by both the engineer and the artist themselves!

The Qobuz experience is also based in musical expertise: our specialists are actual human beings and will update you every week on what's happening in the music world as well as hand-picking the finest recordings, from both past and present.

Qobuz Client Services is at your disposition for any and all questions, especially during this initial opening period. We are more than happy to receive your comments and opinions in order to improve our unique music service for you everyday."

So now at least the purchase service is officially available in the US. (There were workarounds before, I understand.) Probably the streaming service is available, too. I haven't had time to look.

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Qobuz

I have been using Qobuz for about 4 months now. Fidelity is superb. No turning back for me!
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In the email this weekend:

"Dear Qobuz Client,

Today, we are both proud and excited to announce the official opening of the Qobuz music download service in your country.

Born in 2009 and open originally in France alone, Qobuz is the online music service that sets the bar for sound quality and editorial content, boasting the largest catalogue of HD downloads in the world.

You won't find MP3 files here! The entire catalogue, including major and independent labels across all musical genres, is available for you in at least True CD Quality (Lossless). Qobuz goes even further to offer you the world's largest catalogue of releases in 24-bit Studio Master quality. This format is superior even to that of a CD, and allows you to listen to your music exactly how it leaves the studio, approved by both the engineer and the artist themselves!

The Qobuz experience is also based in musical expertise: our specialists are actual human beings and will update you every week on what's happening in the music world as well as hand-picking the finest recordings, from both past and present.

Qobuz Client Services is at your disposition for any and all questions, especially during this initial opening period. We are more than happy to receive your comments and opinions in order to improve our unique music service for you everyday."

So now at least the purchase service is officially available in the US. (There were workarounds before, I understand.) Probably the streaming service is available, too. I haven't had time to look.
I enjoyed the service when I tried the US workaround but couldn't justify the 20€ (nearly $30) Any word on US pricing?
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I enjoyed the service when I tried the US workaround but couldn't justify the 20€ (nearly $30) Any word on US pricing?
That's the question. So far, no word.

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That's the question. So far, no word.
I pay about 27.00 p/month for Qobuz, but here is how I justify it:

When I sat down and figured how many CD's I bought in a year, how many used CD's had glitches on them and had to be returned, the gas expense to look for, and return defective CD's, how many used CDs I paid to get the scratches taken out at a local video store because I couldn't find another used CD like it and didn't want to buy a new one, getting a bite to eat while I was out looking for music, how that I needed to buy more TB's of storage to hold all of my music, the fear of a drive failure and loosing music, etc., etc, etc. .... versus the access to millions of lossless format songs....and the exposure to new artists and music from around the world.....the price of Qobuz began to be justified in my thinking.

I first tried it on a one month free trial. During that time I listened to CDs that I had recorded to my laptop via FLAC vs listening to the same material on Quboz. Amazingly, I heard no difference, but in some cases I thought the Qobuz version sounded better, but I don't see how. I also would open Spotify (320kbps) and Qobuz (16/44.1) on the same song and the fidelity difference was easy to hear side by side. I was sold. I actually feel like Qobuz actually saves me $ in the long run, but it's relative to how much music you buy in a year, how much you like looking for music, and if 320kbps is good enough for you!
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I pay about 27.00 p/month for Qobuz, but here is how I justify it:

When I sat down and figured how many CD's I bought in a year, how many used CD's had glitches on them and had to be returned, the gas expense to look for, and return defective CD's, how many used CDs I paid to get the scratches taken out at a local video store because I couldn't find another used CD like it and didn't want to buy a new one, getting a bite to eat while I was out looking for music, how that I needed to buy more TB's of storage to hold all of my music, the fear of a drive failure and loosing music, etc., etc, etc. .... versus the access to millions of lossless format songs....and the exposure to new artists and music from around the world.....the price of Qobuz began to be justified in my thinking.

I first tried it on a one month free trial. During that time I listened to CDs that I had recorded to my laptop via FLAC vs listening to the same material on Quboz. Amazingly, I heard no difference, but in some cases I thought the Qobuz version sounded better, but I don't see how. I also would open Spotify (320kbps) and Qobuz (16/44.1) on the same song and the fidelity difference was easy to hear side by side. I was sold. I actually feel like Qobuz actually saves me $ in the long run, but it's relative to how much music you buy in a year, how much you like looking for music, and if 320kbps is good enough for you!
That whole first paragraph sort of lost me. I don't know that I have bought a CD in a store in years. So food and gas to shop online is pretty cheap for me.

BUT I am tempted by the idea of the quality increase! I still don't see how, on their web site, I can easily subscribe, and SONOS hasn't yet enabled it in the US, but soon. I hope!

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That whole first paragraph sort of lost me. I don't know that I have bought a CD in a store in years. So food and gas to shop online is pretty cheap for me.

BUT I am tempted by the idea of the quality increase! I still don't see how, on their web site, I can easily subscribe, and SONOS hasn't yet enabled it in the US, but soon. I hope!
email them at support@qobuz.com
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