If your ears can notice a difference between free Pandora and regular $9.99 Spotify, then i think you will also notice a difference listening to lossless audio, weather on iPod or through Spotify. But again, it's all subjective. To me it matters, as I can tell the difference in quality of Pandora to Spotify even when listening in my car, Spotify just sound clearer with more high and mids that do not sound mudded so to speak, and the difference only becomes more evident when listened on home speakers through a DAC.
Can't wait for Spotify Hi-Fi, but again, is the price is double ($20 a month) I need to hear for myself if the difference to my ears between Spotify $9.99 vs $19.99 is worth $10 more.
If lossless will be limited to only certain songs/CDs and not 100% all available Spotify content, I will not be even considering paying any premium. It sounds good enough for me for $10 right now.
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