I thought some of you might be interested - one thing I use streaming services for is to listen to extracts of Gramophone magazine's monthly Editor's Choice. I've just checked availability of tracks from the December issue. Much to my surprise, the result out of 11(ten new issues and one reissue) was Qobuz 9, Spotify 7. A few caveats:- 1) I think this was an untypical month, which for instance included nothing from what we used to call the majors - the Universal labels, such as Decca and DG, Warner (ex-EMI) or Sony; 2) I no longer have Tidal available to see where they'd have finished; 3) both services have pretty lousy search facilities and I might just have missed something, though I don't think so.
So where will this leave me in subscription terms? On the one hand, I really like Naim's new integration of Spotify into my SuperUniti. On the other, Qobuz offers higher SQ AND usually access to booklets - important to me. I think what I'm going to do is pull back my Qobuz subscription from the £20 all-inclusive to the £15 classical only; and probably stick with Spotify Premium at a tenner (I can probably live with my occasional non-classical listening being at lower SQ). £25 is more than I really want to spend, but it's just about bearable. I do resent Qobuz charging me in pounds what others pay in Euros - but I do like their service.