New Software Released today as of 18:00 hrs
Redcloud, our free DAC upgrade, launches today at noon for DirectStream (DSJ shortly after). Details available here at 18:00 hrs.
Included in the launch is an all-new Bridge II build with a number of new features and services, one of which is called Spotify Connect.
A few months ago I was speaking to the San Francisco Audio Society at a lovely home and overheard a conversation during a break. The person speaking shuffled his feet and lowered his eyes as if embarrassed by his words. “To tell the truth most of my listening is casual and I love Spotify”. That was an aha! moment for me. Most of us are focused listeners at times but truth be told, much of our listening is more casual than critical. And this is where the beauty of a streaming service like Spotify comes in.
Spotify isn’t Tidal. Understanding the difference is helpful. Tidal is a premium streaming service with CD quality (and beyond). They have a decent sized library that suits most needs and if you want to critically listen, theirs is a good service (not as good as the actual disc itself, but close). Spotify, on the other hand, isn’t CD quality. If you get the premium service you get really good sounding music that’s more than adequate for anything but critical listening. But here’s the thing. Spotify’s library and interface blows Tidal out of the water—and not just by a little bit. Their selections, curation, and ease of use are unparalleled in my opinion. For half the price of Tidal (or free if you’re not too interested in higher rate streaming), you can find playlists from others, build your own, and access millions and millions of titles. It’s a music lover’s paradise.
And here’s something else. Using our new Spotify Connect feature on Bridge II (available free with today’s upgrade), all you need to access this wealth of music is a mobile phone, tablet, or webpage. Load the Spotify app on your phone, then select the PS Audio Bridge from the available devices to play to, and you’re good to go. Your phone or tablet aren’t involved in the actual streaming. Instead, your handheld device simply acts as a controller, connecting Spotify’s server directly with the PS DAC.
To update your Bridge II to the latest and enjoy Spotify Connect, VTuner, Tidal, Qobuz, MQA, and ROON, go here and follow the instructions. Have fun.