Are you subscribed to a music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music?

Are you subscribed to a music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music?
We all love music. And with services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Rhapsody, Tidal, and many, many more, it's never been easier to access vast catalogs of music on the go, right through your smartphone. If there's ever been a compelling reason for your dad to move away from his feature phone, it's the promise of free access to his U2 collection that'll convince him, not Candy Crush Saga (though that one is like digital heroin).

However, with so many services available, it's increasingly a question of choice, and making one can be rather hard. Of course, most of us generally stick with what we've come to know and will need a pretty good reason to switch, so it's kind of interesting to see if newer services — like Apple Music — have picked up. In other words, it's bean-counting time!

So, are you subscribed to a music streaming service? If yes, which one?

Are you subscribed to a music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music?

I'm not subscribed
36.01%
Yes, Spotify
29.32%
Yes, Apple Music
8.1%
Yes, Google Play Music
12.89%
Yes, Rdio
0.47%
Yes, Tidal
0.71%
Yes, Rhapsody
0.79%
Yes, Pandora
1.42%
Yes, Deezer
2.36%
Yes, Groove (Xbox Music)
1.81%
Yes, but it's not on the list
3.22%
I'm subscribed to multiple services
2.91%

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29 Comments

1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Have had the Groove (Glad they changed it- XBOX Music made people think you needed an XBOX or an XBOX 360 subscription to get it) for about 4 years now, since it was Zune for WP7. Still miss the Zune layout. But overall, very happy with it. It does not have the selection of older music a lot of these other services has. But I think it is a better value. Will stay on it even if I move to Android/iOS.

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Of course Apple Music.

3. Elfmonster unregistered

Google Play Music is great, I have to say, and it doesn't *seem* to ding my battery. I had to leave Spotify because it murdered batteries on all my devices simultaneously. Dunno if they ever addressed this. Tbh Spotify never even responded to my emails asking for help on the matter. Then again, Google has never answered a single email of mine about services. It's the age of fu customer. Ask yourself, how many people didn't respond to you this year?

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Customer Service seems to be optional. It is sad. But it also seems to be unimportant as the largest companies are the worst and it is the new normal even among mid-sized companies.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Local storage will always be the best. It will not eat your battery, it will not cost you a leg for paying for data plan, you will always have all your music with you, no matter how strong the signal is. And for a long time it will offer absolutely best quality, because AFAIK no streaming service offers WAVE or 24 bit FLAC streaming atm. I'm ripping most of my music from my CDs and I can enjoy the best quality the device can offer me.

6. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Spotify but with free account.

7. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Spotify and technically Amazon music since I subscribe to Prime.

8. kriistofor

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Deezer with premium+ for about 2 years now - great and constant updates - no glitches in any of the apps I use(windows, android, ios, tablets, chrome) and many new things in the last year (lyrics, beta participations, better mp3 importing options, richer app catalogue (for DJing, exploring music (harmonia mundi), last.fm style Stateeztics app etc.). Plugins for chrome work great, my smart tv even has an app. All in all, set of great options (nobody offers more, maybe as much as them) but the price of Deezer is slashed in half. While I think USA citizens should use Spotify or GM because of support, European citizens would probably be better off with Deezer.

9. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Locally stored all the way. Why would I like to be without in the metro, on an airplane or some such place with little or no coverage? Plus it's already paid for once and for all...

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Cause spotify and others offer offline mode where you can download a huge playlist for offline.. Welcome to 2015

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. I can even load my personal collection on Spotify for offline use. Its like an mp3 player on steroids.

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

The fact that I can find songs from any country in spotify is amazing. Not only that I can find some old rare songs I couldn't find on any other music service. Thats the power of being no1. Every artist rushes to add their new and old songs on spotify(excluding Taylor Sh-it). The layout, speed and easy of use makes it the best one for me.

19. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Taylor Swift is good

12. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Spotify = Google Play Music > Apple Music > Tidal

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

google play and love it, i used to torrent all my music but since $10 gets me to pick nearly any song i could ever thing of at the tip of my finger i will keep it!

15. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Google Play Music user for the past year, although I decided to test Spotify for a month... It's really good, but it eats too much memory, and it doesn't even have a clear cache option. That being said, I will go back to Play Music after the trial ends.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Groove all the way. You can stream your own personal music stash which is at about 30GB for me from old cd rips.

22. mossman

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

I have all my music (78 GB) on Google Play and it works great. I trialed Groove and really loved the app, it was better than Google from an aesthetics point of view. However the Google Play app was more reliable and stable, at least on an Android device. If I could have the Groove interface, with the Google reliability, that would be ideal.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Can you play the music you get from google play in other apps? Last time I tried (since I stopped, it couldn't without a work around). I don't use music on my droid that much, my 1520 does my workload. However, I use it every so often for other things. Since I'm out of date on google play, can I take my old cds and play them from the cloud through google music?

28. mossman

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Yes to the cloud, there's a program called Music Manager which uploads your music files onto Google's storage so you can play your music anywhere. You don't need to subscribe to get access to that, although there is a limit which I don't recall. I think if you purchase music from Google, you can play that through other apps (Groove, for example), but that's not true of the subscription service. In that case, music will only pay through a dedicated app (it doesn't have to be Google's however, as I have used a generic app on iOS which supported playback from the subscription service.)

17. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Deezer, while it is not as popular as others it is very good and have similar functions as the likes of spotify.

18. simonsezz

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

You should have Amazon Prime Music on the list. Anyone with a Prime account gets it included.

20. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

yes, apple music.

21. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I use and love groove on my android

23. stevetherican

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

Joined Spotify when it came to PlayStation a few months ago and never looked back. Spotify fo life haha

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never understood the need to pay to subscribe to music, you can hear for free on the radio with commercials. I mean, you're basically paying to be able to skip songs you don't want to hear. If there is a song you like so much, buy it. Example, I can think of maybe 10 songs I liked for the year 2014. If I bought all those songs outright, it would cost me on $2.00 more than one month subscription to a service. The only good thing is, if you own more than one device, you can attach a few devices to one account. But still, If I buy a song and download it; I could just download it to all my devices that share the account, so its still cheaper to buy. My new car, came with a year of Sirius XM. To me its worse than cable TV with all the repeat channels and playing the same crap everyday. The package I have costs $130 per month, which allows me to stream it to my TV, phones and tablets at no extra cost. There is no way I would pay for that. I can't wait until its dies. iTunes already has streaming capabilities before they bought Beats/Beats Music. It's available on all IOS devices and its called iTunes Radio. That is free with iTunes and they are streaming the same stuff you're paying for on Apple Music. Why would you PAY for the exact same thing?

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

that was very long post... Easy, I like the discovery that I don't get with my local radio, I don't want to use 15 apps to discover music. I get 30million songs, I still listen to the radio and I get to download it. When in the home, we don't have a radio, been replaced by a service that is available on many devices. 10 bucks a month is piss change to me, if I have to worry about 10bucks a month I better sell my M3.

27. Avinash.Meeniga unregistered

Yes, I use Wynk Music :D

29. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Yes, I "WAS" subscribed Apple Music, ive used Google Play Music and Groove which were all complete jokes compared to Apple Music and Spotify..And although Spotify was more simple to use Apple Music had more music..But the BUGS OMG THE "F"ING BUGS.. i had to unsubscribed when it began to delete my offline music then refused to TAKE A MONEY FOR A SUBSCRIBED..so they basically locked me from subscribing to Apple Music so i have went back to Spotify.

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