Streaming services

For decades we have been collecting recordings.
Then internet came along.
You don’t buy physical media anymore but download and store your audio on a hard disk.
Save a tremendous amount of space compared with a rack full of CDs or vinyl.
But you still have your own collection.
The ultimate consequence of the internet is not having a collection of your own at all.
Subscribe to a streaming audio service and take your pick from a couple of million tracks.

 

Most streaming services use lossy compression.
Spotify uses Ogg Vorbis with 3 levels of compression:

Some service offer lossless streaming
Tidal streams FLAC (16 bit / 44 kHz) and ALAC.
Qobuz Premium does the same.

Expect to pay 20,- a month for lossless streaming.