Qobuz is my third streaming service. I started with Spotify, then Tidal, now Qobuz. tl;dr - Qobuz is the best.
I cannot express how happy I am that I no longer get the Tidal recommendations. I fucking hated them. They were probably just all Jay-Z’s mates. Tidal was entirely useless as a music discovery system for me.
Qobuz has a recommendation section that is way more diverse. So in their library section there’s Kendrick Lamar, Terry Riley, Weber, Handel, Wilco, Mary J Blige, Aretha, Joe South, Flamin Grooves, Sonic Youth, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Adams, Ali Farka Toure… Lots of things that I fancy trying. I actually want to explore this. I don’t know if it’s better than Spotify, but I know it will be better for me.
They also have Panoramas, where they explore something in some detail. It’s mostly but not all classical. May be a composer, but may the Coen brothers films or Nils Frahm. They are fairly long articles with a playlist. Cool.
I transferred my playlists and favourites from Spotify and Tidal using Soundiiz, which cost $4.50 (you pay for a month and make sure you cancel the repeat). It worked OK, some cleaning necessary but nothing too bad. Almost everything I have was on Qobuz; the only thing I’ll miss is Red Priest - Baroque Bohemians, which I’ll buy.
The interface is clean but somewhat buggy. I had thought that the playlists hadn’t transferred, but it was just the program not updating. Sometimes bits don’t update correctly, but playback is fine.
The mobile app (Android) seems fine. You can simply click import on a playlist album, and it asks you whether you want it CD quality or 320mb/s. It has crashed a couple of times, but I think that’s my phone, which has been fucked today.
Audio output is working perfectly via ASIO. Compared with Tidal, which had been quite a pain (it had specific issues with the J River WDM), it’s pleasing. The single worst thing about Tidal for me was the way it worked badly with J River; I would usually miss the first few seconds after pressing play, while Tidal turned the stream back on and J River started up. Qobuz keeps the stream live. I think it sounds better than Tidal, but I’m sure that’s just me getting over the hate I have for Tidal.
I don’t know what the terms say on multiple users, but I’ve had it streaming on computer, Squeezebox and mobile simultaneously (different tracks on each), so it’s nice not to have to buy a family subscription.
Overall I’m delighted with this change. I’ll add some more later when I’ve explored the catalogue more.