Originally Posted by Brian Hampton
Just giving my solution ....
I use Apple Music family plan to give music to my wife and kids. I really don't use it much myself.
My music is sourced from CDs and Blu Rays and kept on a JRiver server and directly connected to my HT system.
I see streaming music like the radio and for me there's no point for it to be the ultimate quality because it's still streaming music not something I have for the quality. It's my on the go stuff.
Agreed for the most part and +1. I use Google Play Music the same way you use Apple Music; a family plan, giving easy access to music to my entire family via their phones, tablets, google smart speakers, etc... no one else in my house *really* cares about sound quality the way I do other than me. They're all perfectly happy with a giant library of 320 kbps MP3's. And it's what I listen to myself when I'm "on-the-go"; in the car, using bluetooth headphones out-n-about, etc.
But, when done correctly (IE: Qobuz or Tidal via some sort of software/streaming configuration that is both lossless and bit-perfect), some streaming solutions available in 2019 sound essentially indistinguishable to my own 16/44.1 FLAC rips. TIFWIW.
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