Originally Posted by sonitus mirus
I can't tell the difference between a CD and MOG or Spotify. I just can't.
I play music on my PC via TOSLINK to a NuForce Icon HDP (DAC only, with NuForce Linear Power Supply) connected to a Schitt Asgard with a pair of Denon D5000 headphones with J$ earpads. As a music lover, I am in bliss. I have currently subscribe to MOG, Spotify, and Rhapsody. My Rhapsody service, which I have had since 2004, will be dropped next month.
Both MOG and Spotify sound fantastic, and I'm confident that most people are not capable of identifying a lossless version of a tack versus a subscription track in a blind test. It would certainly not be obvious to most of us, seriously. I listen mostly through my Logitech Squeezebox, and both MOG and Spotify are gapless with this player; however, with the PC/MAC client, only Spotify will play back in a gapless format. I'm confident that MOG will remedy this issue soon. The MOG Windows client just came out a few days ago, and Spotify just recently updated their client to have gapless playback. The competition between the two is quite fierce.
Spotify is missing Pink Floyd's library, while MOG has the complete remastered collection. Spotify has a bunch of dubstep from the UK and the Netherlands that are not available on MOG. Other than that, they basically contain the same library. They don't have everything, but it does seem like I have a record store at my fingertips. (for those of us old enough to remember record stores)
The Spotify computer client is quite a bit more seasoned, but the new MOG player is not too bad, if a bit raw. (the Windows version was just released a week ago)
Honestly, both services are perfectly fine to use with even the best audiophile setups. If you have a couple grand or more invested in your music hobby, what is 33 cents a day? At least give it a try, as you can drop the service if it doesn't work for you.
Hey sonitus, You sound like me. I presently have Rhapsody, Spotify, and MOG. Just Dropped Rhapsody this moning. I'm getting to like both Spotify and MOG ver much. I must however disagree with you about your comments about losses/CD's and MOG, especially Spotify.
While both are outstanding, and are equivalent to most of my CD's that I ripped to AAC 192, I feel pure CD's'FLAC get the upper hand here. Of course, I am eternally grateful, coming from a time where I had to buy 3 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here" albums because of developed "surface noise" So I hear you!
Spotify is really cool with the gui. large album covers, all albums/songs, from albums, neatly lined up
MOG is very nice, as I'm getting used to it, but Spotify has the upper hand here, along with the blistering speed songs that start up. But...even with both running at 320, MOG still sounds better, and more natural to me. I don/t know if Spotify is doing something with compression (ala Sony) but yet even still spotify sounds great. I just like MOG a little better,
Speaking of Sony (and I might be considered a bit of a Sony fan boy) their service Qriocity, is interesting, with tons of music on it. But they stream at a ridiculous low rate, but boast about this "new" compression technology. Well it does sound better than what they stream at, but it flat out sucks. Doesn't sound heavily compressed, but there is no "air" in the music. Quite strange. A Sony exec was quoted as saying "most people won't even know the difference" Oh yeah? How about if they took that attitude with their TV's. They'd be out of business by now.
Anyways, Spotify sounds real good, but MOG gets the upper hand in sound, (and selection) selction not by much though