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Preferred Streaming Service for Jazz

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I think I may enter the 21st Century and subscribe to a streaming service.  Any opinions out there as to which service (Amazon, Apple, Spotify or any other) is the best for jazz?

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I've been pleasantly surprised by how much there is on Apple.  There are only a very albums (that I happened to be looking for) that appear to be on Spotify but not Apple.  I haven't done a comprehensive search, however.

Is it true that quite a few of the Fantasy (Concord) titles (including Prestige and Riverside) are not on Apple, but then they don't seem to be on Spotify either.  Almost all of these are still on Naxos Jazz, but that may not be available to you in the US.

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Does anyone remember the name of the website with about 12 jazz channels?  I wonder if it is still up.

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I like Amazon HD Music and my free trial is almost up, but will be subscribing.  The fact virtually the entire ECM catalog is there is a huge plus and allows to explore back catalog and new obsessions like Meredith Monk.  I still do try to buy albums I really enjoy on CD though.

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Everything I listen to nowadays is on Spotify. Vast and ever-changing jazz selection.

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I use Amazon and Tidal. Both work well for me. I think Amazon has a bigger selection overall, but Tidal specializes in HD audio. I think Amazon is launching an HD version, but I have no idea how they compare.

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7 hours ago, BFrank said:

I use Amazon and Tidal. Both work well for me. I think Amazon has a bigger selection overall, but Tidal specializes in HD audio. I think Amazon is launching an HD version, but I have no idea how they compare.

It works pretty well.  Listening to the new Beck album through it right now.

 

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I use Napster (formerly known as Rhapsody) to audition recordings before purchase.

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I have Spotify. What I like about them is that I seem to find alot of OOP hard to find recordings. 

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Amazon, Apple and Spotify probably have the same selection. Once the rights owners decide to go streaming there is no incentive for them to limit themselves to just one service. I use Spotify because I have this cheap Gramofon (https://gramofon.com) thingy (I don't even know what it's called - router? DAC?) that allows me to play Spotify on my old audio system, and I think it does not work with amazon yet. But I might switch to amazon because it's slightly cheaper (for Prime members) and because of the impending HD streaming, although I am honestly just fine with whatever the top resolution on Spotify is. 

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I did use Tidal but have switched to Amazon HD. I think the user interface of Tidal is slightly better but as a Prime user, amazon is cheaper and I fell the sound quality is very good.

The only real problem I have with these services (and especially Amazon) is the number of public domain issues. Search for any jazz album recorded before 1962 and you will find dozens of PD versions and it can be difficult to pick out a genuine release.

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