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Originally Posted by csludwig2
OP, here's my experience: I subscribe to Apple Music. I stream and download music from them for about $9.99 monthly. Some of the Apple Music downloads I have compared and contrasted to stereo SACDs and 24/192 downloads from HDtracks and others of the same music and, for the most part, playing from iTunes Library to OPPO-205 usb B DAC up sampling to 24/192, I cannot distinguish the Hi-Res downloads from the AAC presentations. It all sounds great; and thus, I no longer have any interest in downloading expensive Hi-Res, and I no longer have any compulsion to subscribe to a streaming service which delivers Hi-Res. I am totally satisfied with Apple Music/iTunes for a multitude of reasons: Deluxe Library Functions, Browsing, CD Burning/Ripping, Playlists, Music Recommendations, iPhone synchronization, Airplay, Remote Control and so much more, which permits me to enjoy pretty much any music ever recorded in the history of recorded music from anywhere I might be on the Planet. At any rate, you might want to try out Apple Music and hear for yourself.
It is almost a guarantee that the music that you are playing was never recorded in Hi-Res. This means that the "hi-res" versions that you are hearing are nothing more than the standard versions padded with lots of zeros. You cannot hear any difference because there really is none!
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