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What music streaming service do you like?

Asked by Rarebear (25159points) January 30th, 2017

I have Amazon Prime, and I’m looking at possibly the Prime Music option. I like listening to complete albums from start to finish so although Pandora is okay, it’s eternal shuffle play. There is also Spotify and Apple Music. I often listen to obscure prog bands (For example Airbag, Lifesigns, Gentle Giant, Thank You Scientist—heard of them?) so a wide selection is important. Also new music is important to me as there are a lot of new bands that pop up.

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Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I use Spotify. I can’t get Amazon Prime here. I used to use a local service but they went out of business. Spotify does what I need, and like you, I like checking out new bands, new albums etc. through their Discover page.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I use Spotify.

Rarebear's avatar

Do you guys pay for it or use the free version?

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I pay for Spotify. I have a family account that’s good value.

Sneki95's avatar

I used Deezer for some time. They started bugging me to go Premium after a while, but they have what you want, even in non Premium mode.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@Rarebear

Premium. I cannot stand advertisements breaking up an album’s flow.

Seek's avatar

Prime music is OK, and probably the best option for offline listening. I say that because with all the other Prime benefits counted in you’re not really paying much for that access.

I don’t like that for some albums they’ll have two or three songs available for free streaming, then they want you to buy the rest of the album. I usually already own the album in hard copy so I’m not going to buy it digitally.

I also have YouTube Red and Google play’s paid service (couple of family members and I pool our subscriptions)

I haven’t done much with either, but I do like Google play’s “mood“stations

Mariah's avatar

I use Spotify for free. Music is usually just used as background noise while I’m programming at work so I hardly notice the ads.

janbb's avatar

I have to go for Pandora since my son works there. An on demand subscription service is going to be rolled out very shortly where you will be able to request by songs and albums and there will not be ads.

Sneki95's avatar

@Darth_Algar That’s the main reason I left Deezer. They had everything I needed, but I couldn’t get the Premium account, and they wouldn’t shut it about it.

SergeantQueen's avatar

I use Pandora or Napster- which is music streaming app/website that costs money, but you can custom make playlists and they have a huge library of music. You can also listen offline by downloading music so it doesn’t use a ton of data if you are offline.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I use Pandora because I started with them a bazillion years ago, and my subscription is grandfathered in at a ridiculously low rate: $3.99/month. @janbb, tell your son thanks from me.

I used to have many CDs. I put them all on a computer I had, and I listened to them a lot. One day, I got the bright idea to upload them to Google Play Music, so I did. I gave away all the actual CDs, and now I just listen to them from Google Play Music. It’s very convenient. If Pandora raises my rates, I’ll probably switch to only using Google. I’m very invested in the Google-verse.

janbb's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake My other son works for Google so my family thanks you!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

All in the family.

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