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RE: Spotify choice.

the record spot wrote:

chebby wrote:

TrevC wrote:

... (unlike Radio 2 FM's optimod type dynamics crusher) ...

I'm not a big fan of R2 (Trevor Nelson sometimes but that's about it).

I know the 'crusher' used to get switched off after 'drive time' and before the evening 'speciality' programming started. (Presumably R1 have it racked up to the max permanently.)

I seem to remember a Barry Fox article about this subject years ago. (What's he up to nowadays? Always enjoyed his articles.)

You'll find Barry is a contributor on Hifi News these days Chebby.  

Thanks. Good to know he's still writing.

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RE: Spotify choice.

chebby wrote:

Typical innit?

http://www.whathifi.com/news/spotify-introduces-new-look-interface-with-improved-features

.... I cancel it and the next day they improve it!   

No mention of anything more than layout / looks / user features though. 

I'll give it some more time and re-visit the idea another day maybe. It's just possible I got unlucky with - or wasn't careful enough to research - the different versions of the tracks I compared.

Maybe I am just being too 'picky'. Maybe my ears are too attuned to AAC (although I didn't think it should make so much diiference at 320k).

Anyway, I got something out of the experiment. I have re-acquainted myself with a whole raft of Phil Manzenera music (accidently) that resulted in orders for two of his CDs. It was music I was listening to well over 25 years ago and had totally forgotten about.

 

 

Something you may or may not have seen.  http://www.stereophile.com/features/308mp3cd

 

 

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I joined the 'free' Spotify just to see what it was like. I like classical/opera/choral mainly though some jazz and pop too. The selection available was far more impressive than I expected. Nearly every work I looked at - including some quite obscure ones - had a selection of recordings, including highly recommended versions in most cases. Unfortunately the free service is almost unlistinable if you like classical music. An ad for rap music may be tolerable if you are actually listening to rap music, but between arias in an opera aaaaaargh. If I didn't already own a large collection of music, and given the reputed sound quality at 320kb, I would unhesitatingly subscribe to the premium service. 

 

The only other downs for me is the compulsory facebook link and the endless promotional emails. Although to be fair the emails, unlike the ads are well targetted. 

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RE: Spotify choice.

Kamikaze Bitter wrote:

 

 

The only other downs for me is the compulsory facebook link and the endless promotional emails. Although to be fair the emails, unlike the ads are well targetted. 

It isn't compulsory. What promotional emails?  Never had a single one in the 4.5 years I used it.

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RE: Spotify choice.

daveh75 wrote:

Kamikaze Bitter wrote:

The only other downs for me is the compulsory facebook link and the endless promotional emails. Although to be fair the emails, unlike the ads are well targetted. 

It isn't compulsory. What promotional emails?  Never had a single one in the 4.5 years I used it.

Indeed, I use a Spotify-specific account and you can still create one right now (just under the link to recover a forgotten password).

Haven't noticed promotional e-mails either (I use "masked" e-mail addresses so I know which website "sold" my address).

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RE: Spotify choice.

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The only other downs for me is the compulsory facebook link and the endless promotional emails. Although to be fair the emails, unlike the ads are well targetted. 

In your Spotify account settings you can opt not to receive promotional e-mails. As usual, you have to opt out rather than in.

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