Pandora Premium Music Service Review

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“Is Pandora’s Premium service a formidable competitor to major players like Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL? Maybe the best answer is: not just yet. On paper, it doesn’t yet compete with those services in terms of overall functionality: access is limited primarily to phones, and it can’t serve as your all-in-one music player, since it can’t integrate your personal files. Still, there’s a lot to like about it, especially if (like me) you’ve used Pandora’s free service for years and created/fine-tuned a large collection of stations that you like. Premium builds more functionality and flexibility into those stations while giving you more direct access to specific songs, artists, and albums–all through a nice, streamlined interface.”


Samsung Galaxy S8 Streaming Service

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“Owners of either new Samsung phone will also get access to special Samsung-only features, including the ability to upload and stream up to 100,000 of your own tunes to Google Play Music free of charge. That’s twice as much as regular Google Play Music customers get.”

Audirvana Plus announces MQA integration on Mac OS

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“MQA continues to muscle through the audio world with yet another coup in the digital-audio player market. Audirvana Plus, the well-loved desktop music application for Mac OS has just announced that their latest Plus 3 player includes MQA software unfolding of the MQA origami codec. This type of MQA integration seems to be the same level of authentication as Tidal is offering in their desktop application. Audirvana Plus 3 player also implements a blue or green light for confirmation that the file is delivering an authorized sound recognized as identical to the source recording.”

Spotify is preparing to launch a Hi-Fi music tier

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“Word. The The Verge reports that Spotify subscribers are receiving teaser offers for Spotify’s not-yet-available lossless streaming tier ranging in price from $5 to $10 on top of the $10/month Premium Service fee. This puts Spotify’s lossless service within or on the same plane as Tidal HiFi’s $19.99/mo.

HIGHRES AUDIO TO STOP OFFERING MQA

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“HIGHRESAUDIO has stopped offering MQA. MQA is NOT lossless, the original signal is never recovered, estimate to recover at most 17bits (reduces the sampling rate), reduces the frequency range, SNR reduced by 3bit, aliasing with artifacts at 18kHz. MQA encoding filters manipulates drastically the original source. No analysis tools are available to verify the encoded MQA content. Therefore no quality control is possible. highresaudio.com stands for offering purity, original mastering source, none manipulated, tweaked or up-sampled content and codecs that are widely supported and offer use of freedom. ”

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