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FLAC / Re: Spotify's FLAC is not lossless?
Last post by kode54 -
Then they should do like Apple: Only offer Lossless or better versions on tracks/albums where they actually have Lossless or better masters. Don't unconditionally upconvert lossy tracks to FLAC on the server side.
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General Audio / Re: Popularity Of Players According To Google Trends - All Down
Last post by Chibisteven -
Yeah, nowadays people in general use PCs less and less. PCs are difficult to work with, they need maintenance, lengthy updates, etc. etc. etc. Your smartphone or tablet on the other hand is instantly available and works uninterruptedly.

Secondly, most people don't actually care what they listen to, they just enable whatever crap youtube or spotify throws at them. Keeping your music organized on your PC is tedious while online you can just click "like" and that's it.

I'd migrated to some streaming service a long time ago but none of them have all the music I like (some 5500 tracks at the moment).

I've seen lengthy updates on smartphones that feel like an eternity and smartphones do require some degree of maintenance even if all you worry about is the battery in it.  What's difficult about the PC usage?  Day to day it's pretty straight forward and easy to use.  It's never been hard for me to keep any of my files organized either.
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FLAC / Re: Spotify's FLAC is not lossless?
Last post by j7n -
On a second look it indeed looks like a Vorbis encoding with its lossless channel coupling because the difference channel (third on the spectrograms) was clean. It's possible that Spotify doesn't have lossless copies of all of its catalogue.
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FLAC / Re: Spotify's FLAC is not lossless?
Last post by birdie -
Brand new Lossless Audio Checker 2.0.7 reports: Upscaled.
Perhaps that is because the spotify.flac file is a 16-bit file packed in a 24-bit file with 8 wasted bits (like Porcus mentioned as possible). It is thus 'upscaled' in the sense that 8 bits of padding were added.

I can't say much about whether the source of this file has been lossy at some point. My usual test is inverting the right channel and mixing it with the left channel. If I do that with both files, I can hear something that sounds like compression artifacts in the opus file but not in the spotify file (ABX'ing isn't possible here, as I can't prove I do not hear something with it). Perhaps you should try yourself?

How did you cut the FLAC file? I'm curious which encoder is used by Spotify.

AFAIK Lossless Audio Checker doesn't care about the bitness, "upscaled" means something was compressed (e.g. mp3 codecs tend to cut off around 16KHz) and then "upscaled" to fill the missing spectrum.

As for cutting I used ffmpeg -i source.flac -ss 02:00 -to 2:29.5 -c:a copy -output.flac
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General Audio / Re: Popularity Of Players According To Google Trends - All Down
Last post by birdie -
Yeah, nowadays people in general use PCs less and less. PCs are difficult to work with, they need maintenance, lengthy updates, etc. etc. etc. Your smartphone or tablet on the other hand is instantly available and works uninterruptedly.

Secondly, most people don't actually care what they listen to, they just enable whatever crap youtube or spotify throws at them. Keeping your music organized on your PC is tedious while online you can just click "like" and that's it.

I'd migrated to some streaming service a long time ago but none of them have all the music I like (some 5500 tracks at the moment).