An Update on UMG Watermarks

Today, 8 years after first complaining about Spotify sound quality issues, I'm happy to report there may finally be some relief coming for audiophiles.

It appears that watermarks are gradually disappearing from the Universal catalog. The following tracks have undergone a marked improvement, first noticed in mid-June 2019:

They used to have a distinct watermark, and now they don't. Importantly, these tracks come from the back catalog. They're not merely new tracks that were delivered under the latest watermarking policy.

The following tracks, for example, have not improved:

(The Elton John track is one of my favorite specimens — absolutely disgusting.)

Hopefully this continues and watermarks will disappear from more of the back catalog.  I've got a lot of Stevie Wonder and DMX to catch up on.

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