Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, or Tidal: which one do you use?

Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, or Tidal: which one do you use?
Music streaming services have really picked up lately. The convenience of being able to listen to absolutely any song no matter where you are is definitely worth the $10-ish per month. Even devout audiophiles can get lossless quality if they pay for a $20 per-month Tidal subscription, and keeping a bunch of mp3s stored on your phone seems to be a thing of the past.

But is it really? We thought we'd ask you, our smartphone-savvy readers, whether you make use of such services. A couple of years ago, 33% of people who voted on a similar poll were on Spotify and another 33% were on Google Play, leaving the other services out there fighting for scraps. Has that trend changed? Let's see!

What is your music-streaming service of choice?

Spotify
29.91%
Google Play Music
40.53%
Apple Music
12.08%
Tidal
3.9%
Other
5.31%
I am not subscribed to a music streaming service
8.27%

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47 Comments

1. ajith25

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

Im subscribed to Saavn and Wynk.

12. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

good for you but not everyone is into INDIAN music.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You get international music smart pants. As for me I subscribe to Prime Music, which comes to the point that I'm surprised to see no option for it. At $10 for one year, at least at my time of subscription, was a steal. Now it's $20 annually.

35. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Amazon

2. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Amazon Music Unlimited, it's half the price of the others if you use it with Alexa.

3. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Apple Music.

4. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

I use Spotify free to fill in sound at work, but I do not and will not use subscription as my primary music source. I buy CDs from Amazon - 90% of the time they have AutoRip so I get a free digital copy AND still have the physical.

7. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I love the free digital copy from Amazon when purchasing a CD. However, many new cars don't have a CD player so my CD's will basically be useless once my old car is finally put to rest. :(

11. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

A deck in a new car will probably be able to read off a USB stick, that's what the digital copy is for for me. CD stays at home and only gets used there, Amazon's download goes on a USB stick to feed the car stereo where quality doesn't matter as much. Amazon's mp3s are fine for my car, don't need a FLAC rip.

5. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Spotify for me, since I can also use it on my computer and it has the most music that I listen to.

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 605; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Tidal is still a thing?

8. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I still prefer Pandora over all of them. I like listening to alternative as well as classic rock and Pandora is the only service that can shuffle the artists I like without me having to create playlists.

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Spotify is definitely the best streaming music service, imo, so that's the one i'm using. I tried giving the other streaming services a shot, but they just weren't up to par. It will be interesting to see how Google's new streaming service will perform, as they're changing it to incorporate youtube somehow.

15. AbhiD

Posts: 843; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I use both Spotify and Apple Music as Spotify is still not officially available in India and i have to do with a mod version. So when spotify sometimes stops working on mod, i have Apple Music as backup. Only reason i don't use Apple Music as primary service is because it's Android app is crap. Otherwise it has better audio quality and better songs collection.

16. someguy2261

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Tidal isn't that for idiots only ? I thought you need to have some kind of proof you're and idiot to use it . Or be kanye west friend

26. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

with a comment like that, I'm sure they'll hand you a lifetime subscription.

28. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Tidal actually offers lossless music, which means its music is a lot higher quality than any other streaming service, as every other popular streaming service offers the same quality for paying users.

17. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Always used Spotify, but once Apple Music came out since i have an iPhone just ended up switching.

20. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If u watch YouTube, love its content and hate commercials , Google is the way to go. Love that they provide commercial free YouTube with their music subscriptions.

21. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Used them all, but I like Spotify the most.

22. Loveneesh

Posts: 442; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Jio Music,

23. mrochester

Posts: 1020; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I don't pay for any music streaming service. The value proposition is currently very poor (I would pay on average £10 per year for music so £10 per month is hugely expensive) and once you decide to stop using the service you've got nothing to show for all of that money you have spent. At least when you buy CDs/MP3s, they are yours to own forever instead of just 'renting' the music.

30. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

So where are you going to keep 300 CDs after 10 years?

33. mrochester

Posts: 1020; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

In my house?

49. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's a good question lol

52. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

That sounds great if you plan on buying 1 cd per month on listening to it on repeat. Most people don't :). Personally I switch the things I listen to quite often, so buying everything I might wan't to listen a bad deal, so spotify it is. But that's just me.

24. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I pay for youtube red and it comes with google play music

25. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I use apple and Deezer as the only available service in my country, Tidal and Spotify are dumb heads to ignore going worldwide like apple.

27. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

GPM by default. When I signed up for a family plan it was the only one that didn't say all members on the plan must live at the same address.

32. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Google Music but if I would not like Youtube music, that should replace it, I am going for premium Tidal family plan.

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