I listen to spotify for about 50% of the time on my hi fi system, and probably nearer 80% when I include portable devices (phone) and laptop away from home. Most of the time I can't hear any difference between Spotify tracks and CD, certainly not when using a Galaxy S3 and the IE80s playing "Extreme" quality synced files and 24 bit tracks via Poweramp app. The original track production and mastering has a much much bigger influence on the SQ, though a goofd system can make rubbish productions at least listenable.
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Regardless of whether it s worth the money, Spotify and it's ilk will be the death of the music industry.
I'm not so sure about that statement. If you buy a CD, the artist gets a one off royalty payment from that sale. If you listen to a track or a whole album on Spotify the artist gets a much smaller royalty payment. Then you listen to that track or album again the next day and the artist gets paid again. Then you listen to that track or album again the next day and the artist gets paid again. Then you listen to that track or album again the next day and the artist gets paid again. Then you listen to that track or album again the next day and the artist gets paid again. And so on and so on.
You get my point, the Spotify royalty payment is small, but keeps on giving time and again.
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I'm not sure either, I just think all those 1,000s of tracks I have played for a few seconds, the artists is getting some payment but I would never buy them, so they are better off? Also if I buy a used cd how much money will the artist get? Also half the artist I buy have died anyway so whats the difference. I see Radiohead gave away one album and got more money in donations than usual. I think Spotify canbe good for new artist to get exposure when otherwise many people would not even have heard them, I certainly have discovered many new artists.
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