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Music Streaming Platforms—Quality and Technical Comparison

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Music streaming platforms dominate the contemporary music industry. Through such platforms for a fixed monthly fee, or even for free, listeners get access to a huge online music database. In recent years many platforms have been created and they currently compete with each other. They offer different subscription prices, sound quality, and service ranges. This paper presents a comparison of the technical parameters and an auditory assessment of the differences between selected streaming platforms. A listening test containing diversified sound material was carried out using the ABX method (3IFC - 3 interval stimulus with forced choice and hidden reference). Over 50 subjects participated in the listening test. After basic statistical analysis, the results were presented in graphical form.

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