I have extensive collections of music in three main locations.
- Physical media, which is mainly composed of vinyl and cd collections. These collections still afford the most emersive experience in that I can read the cover art, and the liner notes while listening to the music.
- Digital media, which is essentially an iTunes collection which has built up over the years on my hard drives. This takes a bit of effort to keep organized. There is always the bitrate and compression to think about. I find the “mastered for iTunes” series to be more than adequate sound quality though. I am growing less and less bothered by the bitrate, given that my playback equipment is at best midrange hifi which means most of the time I can’t hear any difference.
- Streaming collections, which I have collated and organized on Google music. This is essentially my iTunes music uploaded and complemented with a lot of albums from the cloud subscription service offered by Google. It is the most convenient and widely used collection that I have. I play it in the car, on the computer, in bed and most places in between.
What comes next? Alexa by Amazon? Something similar from Google?
I think most audiophiles enjoy having options in collecting and accessing music. And hardware options for the playback of music. As streaming quality improves, the options only will widen.