Spotify vs. Google Play Music vs Apple vs Tidal and the rest....

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Feb 2, 2018.


What's your streaming player of choice?

  1. Spotify

    22 vote(s)
  2. Google Play

    10 vote(s)
  3. Apple Music

    2 vote(s)
  4. Spotify but am thinking of changing

    3 vote(s)
  5. Google Play but am thinking of changing

    0 vote(s)
  6. Apple Music but am thinking of changing

    1 vote(s)
  7. Summat else

    7 vote(s)
  8. I am a wild-eyed meth-infused badger that lives in an octopus's garden

    3 vote(s)
  1. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Interesting comparison here.

    More here: Spotify vs. Google Play Music: Which should you subscribe to?
  2. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

    I've been very happy with Deezer for a long time, but just switched to Spotify because some obscure artists I like were on it. Deezer is better in some ways though, I like their interface more and may go back in future.

    I tried Google Play music last month and hated it because I couldn't fast-forward when streaming, and the whole interface leaves me cold.
  3. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    After years of just downloading music I switched to Spotify and am a bit of a convert.

    Oh and meth Badgers
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  4. ruffneck23

    ruffneck23 Well-Known Member

    Very happy to pay for spotify, it also works with my djay app and pioneer controller, which apple music does not , also like the podcasts , currently making my way through

    Roman Ranganesh' Hip hop saved my life
  5. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    You can upload your entire music library to Play Music and then listen to it from the cloud for free.
  6. bemused

    bemused Well-Known Member

    Here is my buying cycle for Spotify.

    Day 0 - 'Dad can we have Spotify?' -- 'no'
    Day 221 - 'Dad can we have Spotify?' - ' for fuck's sake, how do I sign you up?'
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  7. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    With Spotify, you just need to find someone else who does pay for it, and then pretend you live with them.

    One day they'll ask the bill payer why they have 187 different listeners in their household, but even then it'll be fine because they can just say they all live together in a cupboard under some stairs in a London HMO.
  8. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

    Glad you've started this ed, I've just ended my 6 months free Apple Music trial with EE (where they also covered the data for streaming during that period) so am now wondering what to do.

    Liked Apple Music - whilst it was free anyway.
    Is Amazon Unlimited the same but cheaper (for me as I have Prime so it is £7.99 a month)

    I really don't like the Google Play app and find it a total arse to use.

    I can fit more music than I need on the SD card in my phone so I may as well just download a load of stuff over wifi and play it rather than stream.

    I have Spotify account and hardy use that.

    Help - I need a Motorhead Shower Playlist again :(
  9. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    It only plays on one device at a time though...
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  10. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    YouTube :thumbs:
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  11. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Nope. I don't know the ins and outs of it though, maybe they need a family subscription.
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  12. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Using Amazon Unlimited right now, because it’s the only thing that links Alexa to Sonos. I used to use Spotify and before that Apple Music. I’ve found all three of them to be functionally identical.
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  13. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    I've got a spotify subscription but I find it all a bit overwhelming, so much infinite choice at my fingertips that I listen to far less music now than i used to. I'm a bit useless like that though, like those salad / ice-cream shops in America where there are hundreds of options of every kind of sprinkle I can't cope and sometimes just walk out feeling foolish. :oops:
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  14. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    There's the rub!
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  15. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    This. Which is incredibly useful for essential mixes and mixes your mates have done without them clogging up space on your device.

    I also use amazon music which isn’t an option in the poll.
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  16. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I moved from spotify to google music about 5 years ago. And I'm glad I did. Its lots better.

    I now pay a bit more for the family account so I can have 6 people playing different things, and have given accounts to family.

    I have a google home in each room of the house all playing music.
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  17. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Spotify, I've had a subscription for years now. Tried Apple music but just didn't get on with the interface.
  18. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    Which one is better at recommendations? And which is better at letting you discover new releases? On Spotify the genres you can view new releases by are way too broad.
  19. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Google home plays nice with Spotify as well.
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  20. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

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  21. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I use Tidal. Bit more expensive (£20 a month) but CD quality and gives a bit more to artists afaik.
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  22. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Spotify, but I use Google Play to store all my music I have on my ipod classic and various albums not available on Spotify, so I use it as well. But the interface sucks and it more than often crashes.

    I sometimes use Apple music, because there's a handful of tracks I've downloaded direct to the iphone so it just defaults to Apple music. But in general Spotify ftw.
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  23. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Would be great if it carried on playing when you locked your phone and stuck it in your pocket.
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  24. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

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  25. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I think the paid version of youtube does that
  26. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

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  27. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Oh, I never listen to music on my phone, so it's not an issue.
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  28. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    I don't stream, as I listen to a lot of music whilst out and about. I use the Pulsar app, and Soulseek for album music and various podcasts for DJ mixes, which I listen to far more than individual tracks or albums.
    I do use free Spotify on my laptop occasionally (such as when Mark E Smith died and I had a Fall blitz)
  29. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    I only listen to music on my phone. No longer any need for expensive hi fi equipment!
  30. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I use my laptop, usually at work. At home it's usually the radio or nothing.
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