I have read pro and con about MQA but your post pretty much sums up and confirms what I have been thinking. MQA may just be a way to “encrypt” music so that we would have to pay extra for it.
I have also read that it allows FLAC files as well as other lossless files to be “compressed” (“folded”) without losing anything but when the MQA files are played back, they are “unfolded” so that what you hear is essentially the lossless file (but you CAN’T copy it lossless).
Maybe that’s fine for PAY streaming services. But I refuse to pay for ANY streaming services. (And that’s for the same reason that I refuse to pay for cable TV, something I have NEVER had in my house.)
There is plenty of free music on the web (and most of it is “legal”).
By the way, while I use FLAC, my son, who uses only Mac, uses ALAC. Of course with Linux we can play any format we want.
In addition to the VLC Media Player (which I use exclusively for video), for music, I found that Audacious is the best in terms of sound quality and the fact that it is “gapless.”. But for DSD files I believe that DeaDBeeF is the best player out there for those.
I’m going to keep my eye on MQA and I appreciate all of the replies and information I have received here.
But I’m still going to hope that MQA goes by the wayside.