« on: March 09, 2017, 09:22:16 PM »
streaming services, generally dumb people down and make people lazy, many people live in the illusion that spotify is all you need to listen to all worlds music, it might be true to certain extent in certain music genres for NEW music, but not for music that was released before spottily got well known
Before you had to hunt music down like an detective, now things are expected to be served to you, many people are even aware that not all music is available on spotify but they do still consciously not care to listen to music outside the spotify app because they are to comfortable and lazy..
Streaming services are perfect for mobile devices, where memory space is a big limitation, but also in general it is a big pain to transfer files locally, even if you buy album locally and you only use smartphone to listen to music (like most people these days) it is still a pain, it usually comes as a zip file, you need to download an app to unpack it, and unlike computers to navigate to find the files etc in a file manger can also be hard, it can take time to find the folder etc, then you must add it to your music player and playlist, it is far away from the "one click" with spotify.
People who only rely on streaming services and legal services they really get a very limited and "formed " and selective library of the humanity's media library.
The list is probably endless of albums that never will be available on streaming services because of many reason, but legal reasons is one reason, lawyers will never come to agreements on everything, labels is not active anymore but still have the rights to the music etc, also the fact that not all artists agree on spotifys terms for instance, the contract they have sign this or fuck off more or less unless you are a really big artist then you get special deals.
Streaming services is a good compliment but you can rely to it 100% you still need to find a lot of the stuff outside of these sites.
If I would only rely on spotify like many people who have grown up with it since 2006 it is very safe to say that spotify have formed these people, they have formed the music taste of a whole generation...
Music Quality is another chapter.. the sound quality has gone better they also have a premium service, for better sound quality.
But spotify have gotten caught re-encoded 192kpbs files to 320kpbs files before. They also use OGG format wihch pretty much they use, OGG does not exist pretty much on file sharing sites or like that, I have know no one who have his collection in OGG, the reason is MP3 with the right codec (LAME) is a lot better sounding. Spotify have made people indifferent to sound quality, the "coolness" factor and convenience to be able to stream everything for (almost no money) do overlap and make people indifferent to sound quality, and that apples Iphones and their included headphones is the most standard way to experience music is also a very big difference.
But if they do not play with the included Iphones headphones, they will stream it to Bluetooth speakers, and as we know Bluetooth sound is anything but hifi sounding, it impact the sound quality once again.
But on the other hand for those people who really care about audio there is even better possibilities then before , it is possible to buy 24 bit releases etc.
I have not tried TIDAL but it is said to have Lossless audio.
We are in a technological time where we have to compromise a lot, the limitation of internet speed, storage, and mediocre DACs and headphone amps in portable media devices where sound quality have to be compromised, I think a lot of things will solve with time, 5G is only a few years from release it will solve the internet speed problem which make lossless streaming no problem, storage also gets cheaper for companies like spotify, and also local sdcards get bigger (sandisk have a 1TB sdcard now), new audio DAC and headphone technology will improve a lot since smartphones and portable devices is the future when it comes to listen to music, some companies like LG with their quad dac from ESS, and Audeze with their Cipher cable DAC.
Time will solve a lot of these technology developments need to be done, but for right now we need to compromise quality for convenience.
HiFI nerds will always exist but what I am saying is the CD generation was in general exposed to better quality speakers, it was the way you did listen to music, with a home system, today generation they listen to music on the go with portable music players and in most cases IEMs...