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henriquebs12

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This review just seems to be a paid one. What a shame from What HiFi. How can AM be 5 stars if iTunes only works well on iMacs and it is a joke playing outside Apple ecosystem, comparing to Spotify Connect feature and the huge compatibility with virtual assistants. In AM if you are playing in any device and open iTunes the song will pause. It doesn't exist a synced session when you are using with carplay. The overall bad experience with AP can't result in 5 stars.

Apple Music’s enjoyable and dynamic delivery is a more engaging listen than Spotify, so it’s worth considering if you want a step up in sound quality for a similar price.
Did you even blind tested to affirm that? I think this is just a random statement to justify the fact that who reviewed it doesn't understand anything about a "dynamic" sound. The way you wrote this review just seems that AP is has a better sound then Tidal and better features then Spotify. HAHA.
 
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ChefJeff

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If you'd ask me I'd say Apple Music is more vibrant and open. And of course didn't test this blind... but some songs seem so flat in Spotify. Don't get me wrong, not all of them just some. But also e.g. The Prodigy - where did the energy go? My gf noticed this w/o knowing what I was playing.... so that was blind in a way... and I started switching after getting annoyed with Spotify...
 
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I remember reading a blog some years ago where the writer compared the recommendations from various streaming services. If I remember correctly Spotify was uncannily good at predicting which songs the writer would like, even though they had quite obscure taste in music. It would be interesting to see that kind of info in reviews here as the "your mix" type playlists from some streaming services can be so wrong they're unlistenable (hello Deezer!).
 
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The only problem i have with it is you want to listen to it through the computer it's not a bit-perfect stream as the sample rates don't change automatically. But I guess most people will be playing through the ipads and such and works well that way.
 

Sliced Bread

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I’ve never understood why people hate a service based upon its brand. Always pays to be open minded in these things.

I’ve had Spotify in the past and I currently have Tidal and Apple Music (I pay monthly for Tidal and got Apple Music for free with a promotion).

Before the lossless/ Dolby atmos update I would have ranked the sound quality as

1) Tidal
2) Spotify and Apple tied

Since the update I would rank them
1) Tidal and Apple tied
2) Spotify

Now add:
* Apple Music does not require MQA tech to unfold which means you can use a wider range of DACs
* The Apple Music suggestions are way better than Tidals and possibly on par with Spotify’s.
* Bigger library in general than Tidal
* Bigger high-res library than Tidal
*It is cheaper than Tidal.
I’ve made my decision and as soon as I get round to moving my playlist I am cancelling my £20 a month Tidal subscription.
if a better one comes along I will change again, but for now it’s Apple Music for me.
 

bristollinnet

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I’ve tried Apple Music, and it works for me. However, to cement their prime position they need to sort out integration into audiophile hardware which is far too clunky.
 
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Humoosa

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Does anyone believe this review? I reckon if you lined up 100 people and asked them about the quality of streaming services, none would be able to notice any difference beyond audio volume.
 
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jdubzisbaked

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If you'd ask me I'd say Apple Music is more vibrant and open. And of course didn't test this blind... but some songs seem so flat in Spotify. Don't get me wrong, not all of them just some. But also e.g. The Prodigy - where did the energy go? My gf noticed this w/o knowing what I was playing.... so that was blind in a way... and I started switching after getting annoyed with Spotify...
yeah because Spotify isn't lossless

Does anyone believe this review? I reckon if you lined up 100 people and asked them about the quality of streaming services, none would be able to notice any difference beyond audio volume.
I noticed my Amazon Music subscription is only $0.99 for streaming that sounded better than my Tidal subscription for $19.99. High quality file catalog and price are what matter, because all the services really max out at 24/192. Tidal says they can provide 24/384.... Never saw one song support it.
 
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Sliced Bread

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I wonder if it is worth a section discussing Apple Music integration into Dolby Atmos enabled Hifi via Apple TV.

I’ve been playing around with this (albeit 5.1) and the tracks recorded in Dolby Atmos / Spacial Audio are given a real boost. The mix quality varies as expected, but some of the recordings blow the same track streamed from Tidal out of the water.
 
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