Ive been using Apple since June on Apple devices and they have won me over . The big sticking point is how they handle airplay which at this point is half -baked. I would love to see an Airplay Connect option like Spotify has.
So it appears i will be keeping Apple and probably Qobuz but Qobuz really needs to improve their library collection. Its weak compared to Apple and Spotify.
Spotify works at the pace of the U.S federal government. Slow as molasses. They are also not very communicative to their customers
Not sure when Spotify Hifi will get released but just a day ago someone posted a video of the Hifi intro that’s displayed on your phone. Think it was some hack but looks legit. Just do a Redit search for it.
I’ve been happily using Apple Music on my iPad 4 at my desktop for a while now.
It feeds HQPlayer for me and auto sample rate switching works great.
I’m less concerned about the failed bit perfect playback - some people way smarter than me have explained it is likely deliberate , maybe watermarking. Something affecting the bit depth but not sample rate (my beginners level understanding).
I don’t think I listen to any music with more than 10bits of actual dynamic range ( sadface ) so that’s not a problem for me
Like you I’d love sample rates to match correctly on macOS though. So I don’t need to use iPad at my desk.