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, 36% of people who voted on a similar poll said they don't use such services. Has that trend changed? Let's see!

What is your music-streaming service of choice?

Apple Music
Google Play Music
I am subscribed to a different one (comment)
I am subscribed to more than one (comment)
Not subscribed to any



1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Play Music subscription = YouTube Red= No ads, offline storage,YT music,and youtube red originals shows(if you are into those..)

15. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Best deal going. Plus, I'm paid through 2021 for about $5 month.

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not subscribed to any... Spotify not available where I am at and Google don't support most of the my country's payment methods. So I'm happily listening to illegal downloads.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You're a great pirate ninja...aren't you!

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nay, ninja I am not...I'm just a torrent slinger.

34. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You sire deserve my upvote, for I do the same as you. Cheers.

35. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Thanks. There goes one for you too. Cheers!

36. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Tidal will work any where ( but you need to sign first using VPN ) then you can use it without vpn.

2. thxultra

Posts: 473; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I use Deezer Elite so I get FLAC cd quality support through Sonos. I also really like their flow feature. Use flow as kind of a personal radio station at work. May look at Spotify next year if they offer lossless streaming.

3. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Google Play Music all day long. However, I don't pay for a subscription and just use it as my main music app. But if I did, I'd choose Google Play.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I would choose Google too but it isn't available in Philippines, so Spotify for me. For offline, I use Walkman.

4. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I only subscribe to Spotify because aside from it having most of the music I listen to, it is the only one on the list that works on iOS, Android and Windows phone. The idea that I can pick up whatever phone I decide to use that day (or week) and have what I want to listen to awesome.

9. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Microsoft Groove will work on all of them. Of course I would choose Spotify over it, but it is on all 3 platforms nevertheless.

12. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's true too but Groove lacks a lot of what I listen to sadly. :( I have looked into it and found myself disappointed by the selection.

5. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Deezer for me

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

google play. now if the stupid google home would get proper (non subscription) GPM hooks, I would think about buying one. What a silly thing to be missing from an automated google product.

8. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

I've grown to love Tidal. It's improved by leaps and bounds.

27. thetcmbway

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

You would.

32. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

what's that supposed to mean?

33. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ignore the obvious bait bro.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Subscribed to Google Music and Spotify Premium (family)

11. 23nikki1 unregistered

Spotify and Google Play Music. Best combo

13. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Good'ol offline storage.

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Google Play, since i can pay it directly from my phone bill.

17. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I use spotify because it is free.

24. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Free... but with intrusive ads!

18. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

I use Google Music and Tidal. If Google ever gets a Hifi option im ditching Tidal

20. benzb

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Apple Music for some reason has the LARGEST selection of Israeli music (I have tried all of them.) Not sure why. This is why I am subscribed to Apple Music. I am also subscribed to Google Play Music only because of YouTube Red. We like to watch a lot of stuff on Youtube and its nice to not have annoying ads. Spotify is great because of its fan base and it works the best with the Amazon Echo, my Yamaha audio receiver, etc so I like them too. This is how I would rate it (in my experience). (1) Google Play Music - YouTube Red ad-free videos! (2) Apple Music - largest music selection (3) Spotify - Best integration with 3rd party devices (Yamaha receiver, Amazon Echo, etc.)

21. Be_Mine unregistered

Apple Music. But only because Tidal and Spotify are not available in my Country(India). Google Play is here minus the streaming capabilities.

23. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I use Amazon Prime Music. I had to dump Play Music because of the device limit.

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