Which of the current music streaming services do you use/prefer and why?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Stereosound, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. harmonica98

    harmonica98 Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Currently on Deezer (paid) purely because they had a long free trial at the time I signed up. I use it for sampling new stuff that I might want to buy and it works fine for that, sound is normally very good. I tried Tidal but couldn't hear any benefit to the lossless files.
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  2. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I just checked and Tidal has four of her albums.
    Little Fugitive
    Til The Wheels Fall Off
    Re: Live At Cat's Cradle
    18 Again - An Anthology
  3. malco49

    malco49 Forum Resident

    spotify(premium) great library of tunes.easy to navigate.sound seems more than adequate for use in my car via iPhone.and at home either through home stereo with iStreamer DAC,and home computer Macbook Pro, audioengine DA DAC,audioquest jitterbug and audioengine A2 speakers or grado 225 headphones.

    i also listen to thinks on soundcloud and youtube.not sure what youtube red is will check that out!
  4. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Same here! Sounds great to these ears!!
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  5. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    Paid version without ads.
  6. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

    Brooklyn, New York
    Spotify Premium. Because any place where I can find the Orange Juice Box set Coals to Glasgow, all the Scrawl albums, glam obscurity Breathlessly Brett by Brett Smiley and gay folk/chamber pop band Flare is a good place.
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  7. m5comp

    m5comp Classic Rock Lover

    Hamilton, AL
    I use Apple Music (paid).:hide:
  8. noname74

    noname74 Allegedly Canadian

    Tidal Lossless. I am still a physical media guy however I use Tidal to check out new artists or albums from the past that I know I only need to hear once and I will be set for another 10 years.
  9. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    Spotify Premium, mostly for checking out music I haven't heard to decide whether or not to buy.

    ClassicsOnline where I can stream classical music in Hi-Res or CD quality.
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  10. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    I got a free 3 month trial of Tidal, so I'm trying that out now. I've subscribed to Google Play off and on, but a lot of the time I end up not using it. I'd rather listen to CDs/LPs/FLACs. I got the streaming account mostly so I could check stuff out without risking a purchase on something I might not like, but it's just not my preferred way to listen to music. I like the Tidal interface a lot better than Google Play, and it seems to crash less. That said, I have had some minor problems with Tidal, so it's not perfect.
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  11. econalan

    econalan Forum Resident

    Orange County, CA
    Spotify, mainly because it's now integrated w/ my Sony digital music player. Use it primarily to screen for new music purchases.
  12. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    About YouTube Red
    From what I've heard, YouTube Red includes Google Play Music, which seems to be a very good deal for $10 a month. I quite like Play's artist specific "radio stations". Listening to the Imogen Heap one right now as I wait for a bus, and have discovered several new artists. I wish it were more popular, and included in apps like Songkick, which support Spotify and Pandora only.
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  13. TeflonScoundrel

    TeflonScoundrel Forum Resident

    Tidal, for the great selection and sound quality. And also its integration with Roon.
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  14. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    Apple Music (paid). I would consider it excellent, except for one fatal flaw... to download songs for offline listening, you have to turn on iCloud Music Library. iCML royally screws up your local music, replacing artwork, etc with "cloud" versions. So, leaving it off is the only solution for me. If they ever get that fixed, I would consider it an ideal service, at a fair price.
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  15. Spotify Premium for the car. Portability and access, plus sharing mixes with friends.
    Turntable at home. Stability and much better sound.
    If I really like what I hear on Spotify, I grab the record.
  16. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

    I use and like Spotify, but feel guilty about using it for obvious reasons. Use Amazon's streaming service too since I've bought so much physical music from them so it's already in the library.
  17. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

    New Mexico USA
    Predictably Spotify is cleaning up in the poll but I wish the free tier and premiun service had both been available to vote for.

    I stream Apple Music with occasional month-long forays into Spotify premium to see what the wily Swedes are up to.
  18. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    I’m holding out.... :magoo:
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  19. pscreed

    pscreed Upstanding Member

    I have tested the Amazon, Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify and Tidal services (at premium levels where available) for the past year or so. I'm settled on Spotify. The Spotify user experience leaves all the other services in the dust for me, regardless of the Tidal lossless option... I'm not using it for critical listening. I'm not sure I could hear the difference anyway, to be honest. Especially in the rooms/systems I use it in most.

    I recently decommissioned my Squeezebox ecosystem and NAS devices in favor of the $25 Chromecast audio devices and "Spotify Connect".

    I can't recommend the Spotify service highly enough. It is wonderful.
  20. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    I have Google Fiber in one of my apartments, and they recently offered a streaming service that could be added onto my bill.


    This explains SO much, like why Google has half a dozen different messaging services. Apparently, nobody at Google actually uses Google for search, where they would find that the company that pays them offers their own, quite excellent streaming service. Also, they have not offered YouTube Red for our TV Box units.
  21. arem

    arem Forum Resident

    Spotify Premium has served me fine for streaming albums the last few years, I tried Apple Music and hated it. I also use Soundcloud and Mixcloud a lot to stream DJ mixes, there are some amazing things out there on those platforms.
  22. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk "You say you'll change the constitution"

    Gilbert Arizona
    I was an early adapter to CDs and jumped in pretty quickly to computer based music also but for whatever reasons I've not ever tried or shown any interest in streaming. If I had any impression that would be an objection it's the loss of being able to select the particular versions/masterings of albums that I wish to listen to.
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  23. jbuhl

    jbuhl Active Member

    Long time Spotify user that just recently switched to Deezer primarily because it streams lossless (16/48) FLAC to my Sonos player. I prefer the Deezer interface to Spotify. Never did get used to the fuster cluck interface Spotify had. Deezer has a bit more sound stage depth and imaging qualities.
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  24. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    You know it's not mutually exclusive? You get to "keep" all the music you collected over the years. Yet now you have access to thousands of albums you've casually seen in the bins, and can listen to them through (or a million times over) at the included price. When you find something you like, go hunt down the best sounding version/mastering.
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  25. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk "You say you'll change the constitution"

    Gilbert Arizona
    I don't believe I gave any indication in my post that it was an either or decision but one of preference and interest. At this point I have almost all of the older music I want (save two titles) and I am primarily interested in new music and some audiophile releases that will be coming of my existing library. At this point in my life I don't think I'll be able to listen again to everything I have much less listen to thousands I do not.
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