Is High-Fidelity Sound the Future of Streaming Music?

TIDAL and Deezer, the French music-subscription service that recently launched in the U.S., are the first to stream “lossless” files — with a CD-quality bit rate of 1,411 kilobits per second, as opposed to the 256 to 320 rates common on other services. Audiophiles, including Young, have been complaining for years that music files compressed into MP3 and AAC download formats have eroded sound quality to the point of painful listening.[…] The question for Tidal, Deezer and Young’s high-fidelity download service Pono, is whether enough audiophiles exist to justify the costs of streaming much larger files. For the moment, they represent a small niche of music buyers — although they do tend to spend a lot of money on sound equipment, CDs and vinyl records. “It all comes down to, ‘Can people hear the difference?’ — in many cases they will and in many cases they won’t,” says Bobby Owsinski, a veteran mixer and producer who has worked on surround-sound projects for Young, the Who and others. “If I were CEO of one of those companies, I would have limited expectations.” – Steve Knopper,Rolling Stone
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  • It depends on the price too, I’ve heard Deezer is pretty expensive in the US. As for the sound quality,I think it is a new challenge for indie artists to focus on sound quality of their recordings. Shouldn’t be a problem for digital or electronic made music.