Apple Music, Spotify or Tidal, which sounds better?

When we think about choosing one of the streaming music services currently available, we look at: the number of songs it has in its catalogue, whether we can listen to music offline… and also at the sound quality. In the latter, Spotify has a maximum of 320 kbps, in the case of Apple Music, where we reviewed and its details, offers a quality of 256 kbps (that if, uses ACC format, so the quality is almost equal) and Tidal 1.4 Mbps , ie the only one that reaches the highest quality and without loss. If we look at the numbers, Tidal is the one that offers the best quality, although with a price that not everyone wants to pay. But, in the real world, which is better, is there a noticeable difference between Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal?

The people at The Verge have conducted a small test study among the members of the Vox Media team. They used a Sony’s MDR-7506 headset and an iPhone 6 Plus. Each individual listened to three songs, of different musical types, on each of the services at random and of course “blindly”. Before listening to the music, they had to think of options to rate the quality: notably better, notably worse, or if they all sounded the same.

Apple Music, Spotify or Tidal, which sounds better?
Apple Music, Spotify or Tidal, which sounds better?

The results are very curious. Spotify during the test, in general, is the option that was worst behind Apple Music and Tidal , according to the answers of the participants. In 29% of the tests none of them could highlight any notable differences. Tidal, which offers the best quality, was on several occasions rated as the worst of the three services .

In short, in the real world, if you listen to streaming music on your smartphone you won’t notice any noticeable difference between Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal . Perhaps if you use a high quality headset, a good sound system…etc, it might make sense to choose a service like Tidal, which wants us to pay 10 euros more for better sound.

What do you think? Do you think there’s a big difference in sound quality between Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal? Is it worth paying more? Tell us in the comments!

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