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HD Music sites (for downloads)

 
Find HD Music
HD Tracks
HD Tracks UK
Technics Tracks
Onkyo Music
Pono Music
Qobuz downloads
7Digital
 
"Avoid rip-off and illegal download sites"
 

Streaming music

 
Tidal HiFi
Spotify UK
Qobuz Streaming subscription
(note Tidal and Qobuz are "hi-fi" not hi-res, i.e. CD quality at 16/44.1)
Qobuz also has lossy MP3 like Spotify option
 
 

Creating playlists

 
Playlists are in .m3u format.
Useful article on creating playlists for asset UPnP by Travis Illig [ link ]
There are a number of Playlist generators [ link ]
 
Playlist Creater by OddGravity [ here ]
Works well.
 
Creating playlist directory in Asset
avoid M3U Playlist Creator - just a batch file routine
[ link ]
 

Info on Formats

 
from HD Tracks
 
[ click here ]
 
 

The list of file types include lossy formats like MP3, WMA and AAC,

but also lossless formats including ALAC, AIFF, WAV and FLAC HD (up to 24 bit, 192 kHz). Moreover, the DNP-730AE can even playback DSD files (in 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz resolution) over DLNA streaming. DSD is becoming popular among audiophiles around the world. Gapless playback is also available for DSD, WAV, FLAC, AIFF and ALAC files.

 
you want the very best pressing of the album; pressings vary like the vintages of a wine. Aficionados will pay $1,000 for a “white-hot stamper”. In the case of Led Zeppelin II that means the very first 1969 pressing mastered by Bob Ludwig, which had “such energy and dynamic range” that the record players of the day couldn’t cope, and Atlantic Records ordered the sound to be dulled down on later editions
 

JRiver MediaCenter audio player

[ here ]

 
Media Monkey
 
Another option [ here ]
 
MinimServer
 
Useful info [ here ]
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