Try following this thread from the beginning and you’ll see how much it evolved into a totally different debate.
But it is interesting to think about how streaming services have affected how someone interacts with music and how that feeds back into the reproduction technology.
If I could summarize what I think people are saying here:
(1) Streaming services make almost all music available to their subscribers without incremental investment, versus the 1950s-2000s model of ownership, which required someone to part with incremental funds to acquire and listen to a given piece of music.
(2) Thus, the new age user is not invested in their collection or in any given piece of music. They don’t have to listen to it over and over because they can just as easily move to something else without incremental cost. This may also cause the new age user not to know content or become attached to a given work.
(3) Not being attached to a given work, the new age user is not going to pursue upgraded quality copies of that work. Similarly, there will be less tendency to upgrade equipment for better audio quality, because similar endorphins can be released by moving onto the next work rather than seeking a deeper understanding (better quality reproduction) of a work one is emotionally invested in.
Seems like a reasonable set of conclusions, albeit I also think that there are many, many people who do not fit this profile. They may stream, but they are also more attached to artists and works than the above implies. They just reflect that in new and different ways, like following their favorite artists on Twitter.
But I do see the concern that the trends are not leading towards gear intended for higher quality reproduction. But also, it is possible that as streaming services upgrade the available quality, user desire for gear to reproduce that higher quality will also increase.
The cynical among us, and I include myself, might see MQA as fitting in not as the pursuit of higher quality, but in the pursuit of the long-term goal of putting the ripped copy genie back in the bottle - i.e. DRM…