Hello classical fans- Thought this might be interesting to the Classical contingent here. There is a new (to me) streaming service called Primephonic whose 'hook' is that their content is exclusively classical/orchestral and search functions are more in line with how you would search for particular Classical music. They also have great curated playlists (by genre, instrumentation, composer, era, etc) and suggestions like their 'Hidden Gems' list, where I already discovered an amazing viola/organ duet album by Benedicte Royer. I'd never heard of the artist or the music. You can also compare different releases of the same piece easily which seems pretty useful.
One thing you can't
do- yet- (and that I already wrote Primephonic about) is search by conductor, so if you like to listen to music conducted by, say, Bernstein, you need some other info. Primephonic says they're working on this. Overall, however, their search and discovery are already both better for classical than, say, Tidal. Background information is available for many works too.
They claim to have 'virtually' every classical recording ever made which is stretching it. But they're very new. They stream in FLAC 'up to hi-res 24 bit' and (apparently) DSD (not sure what max sample rate or DSD spec). Also haven't looked into 3rd party app support (they have a pretty good mobile app also.)
Rates are $7.99/mo. for 320k MP3 and $14.95 for lossless. They have a 14 day trial.
Check out the details at www.primephonic.com
. One thing not as obvious as it could be IMO: If you do the trial and want to play through a computer and/or DAC, you do that from play
I'd be interested to hear what others think if they give the trial a go.I'd give them at worst a solid 'B' so far.