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Spotify, is the quality good enough?

post #1 of 78
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I've been using Spotify for a while now and it's definitely one of my favourite programs as of late, the ease of use, massive library's of music available in seconds is very convenient and it's a great way to explore music rather than listen to the same genres/artists religiously.

So far the quality (High quality via preferences menu, apparently it's 320kbps Mp3 however it's rumoured that less than a third of collective music on the program is available in high quality) has been ok for me, I've been using the integrated sound on my computer and a pair of XB500s EQ'd to hell and back but recently I've upgraded to a pair of HiFiMAN HE-300s and a FiiO E10 and while they sit in limbo between inner Europe and the UK I've been pondering if spotify will bring out the beauty of my new hardware or will leave me feeling disappointed and have me buying FLACs again.

 

Without rambling on my main question is to those who have experience with spotify and listen/have listened regularly in the past using decent equipment, should I switch to higher quality sources or will spotify be enough? Thankyou.

post #2 of 78

Can't you just listen to a lossless file on your computer and listen to that same song on Spotify to see if you see a difference? 

 

If you do that a few times, since only a third is 320kbps, you will stumble upon some that aren't 320kbps. 

post #3 of 78

And remember that you'll need a premium membership to get a taste of the 320kbps! 

 

I've compared some albums that i know are 320, with a FLAC album and my ears can't hear any difference. I'm using beyer dt 990 pro's with the NuForce udac-2.

post #4 of 78

Spotify only streams about 1/6 of their library in 320 kbps.  MOG on the other hand, despite its horrendous interface, streams their whole library in 320 kbps.  I'm a happy user, and payer.

post #5 of 78

Spotify quality is pretty good, despite the fact that 1/6 of the library is in 160kbps all the music i listen to (80's pop and late 70's groove) is hard to find in good quality, but spotify definetely deliveres that =D

post #6 of 78
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Originally Posted by eltocliousus View Post

I've been using Spotify for a while now and it's definitely one of my favourite programs as of late, the ease of use, massive library's of music available in seconds is very convenient and it's a great way to explore music rather than listen to the same genres/artists religiously.

So far the quality (High quality via preferences menu, apparently it's 320kbps Mp3 however it's rumoured that less than a third of collective music on the program is available in high quality) has been ok for me, I've been using the integrated sound on my computer and a pair of XB500s EQ'd to hell and back but recently I've upgraded to a pair of HiFiMAN HE-300s and a FiiO E10 and while they sit in limbo between inner Europe and the UK I've been pondering if spotify will bring out the beauty of my new hardware or will leave me feeling disappointed and have me buying FLACs again.

 

Without rambling on my main question is to those who have experience with spotify and listen/have listened regularly in the past using decent equipment, should I switch to higher quality sources or will spotify be enough? Thankyou.

Great Questions. I got the premium a few weeks ago, and just about everything I listen to is most definitely not 320k. I too Love the Program, and now that Spotify also is Gapless I like it even more. But at this time, Rhapsody kills Spotify in sound quality
 

 

post #7 of 78

On the Other hand I will check out MOG.... Canceled the Spotify Premium

post #8 of 78

Yeah Just tried out MOG also, and it's ok, but still Rhapsody Beats this also. At least for the music I like

 


Edited by Freefallr4545 - 3/19/12 at 2:50pm
post #9 of 78

Subscribed

post #10 of 78

Stop being cheap and purchase the CD's. The artist will get far more money that way, and you'll have the best possible recording quality to listen to.

post #11 of 78

deadhorse.gif    No Doubt!!!!  You are so right
 

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Originally Posted by mcmurray View Post

Stop being cheap and purchase the CD's. The artist will get far more money that way, and you'll have the best possible recording quality to listen to.



 

post #12 of 78
It's not bad, always liked ogg vorbis.
However, after trying mog, I haven't used spotify since. Free accounts get 320 mp3, I think. Even with premium, there are rumors that spotify's 320 is just up converted from their 160. Even in his review, tyll noticed something fishy. Out of all of the streaming services, his preference was mog, I think.

It's a good read.
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparing-audio-quality-streaming-music-services-home-and-portably

For awhile, I was planning on a spotify premium account, but after using mog, I plan to get MOG primo. The fact that I can download music is nice too. Hopefully I can keep it on my mp3 player.

Oh, and if anyone wants mog free without connecting with Facebook, go to this link:

https://mog.com/user/register
Edited by Taowolf51 - 3/21/12 at 7:35pm
post #13 of 78

Actually I too am getting into Mog. Their Creative artist radio is second to none. I really wish Mog was gapless. Spotify's Gapless is seamless

post #14 of 78
Spotify's gapless is absolutely perfect, and its true, MOG does take some time to play. Does anyone happen to know if spotify's gapless is just as good with a 320 song?
post #15 of 78

Another MOG user and subscriber here. I read one of those super detailed comparisons between the two services (MOG v. Spotify) on Computer Audiophile site I believe and the author sided with MOG based mostly on better quality bit rate and a more comprehensive catalog. That could have changed, however, since I'm sure they are constantly updating their respective catalogues. I've been happy with MOG but I agree, their UI could be improved. I'll see if I can find the link to the article.

 

Edit: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/MOG-v-Spotify-Part-II

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