Best music streaming: Apple Music vs Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Deezer and Google Play

Best music streaming: Apple Music vs Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Deezer and Google Play
Spotify and Rdio execs might be sniffing at Apple's new Music streaming service, but it the folks from Cupertino have proven one thing, it is that consumers rarely subject Apple to the usual competition scrutiny when choosing one of their products, propelling them to the most valuable company status just with the iPhone franchise and the surrounding iOS ecosystem.

Be that as it may, we can't help but wonder if Apple Music is as good as it sounded on paper during its posh WWDC event unveiling, which was a smorgasbord of famous performers, pretty graphics, and a whole lot of sound and video inundation to match. 

The revamped Apple Music app is part of the fresh iOS 8.4 update, and comes accompanied by the new Beats 1 curated radio station, the Connect music social network, and other audiophile accouterments. How does Apple Music stack up against some of the more popular amongst the two dozen or so competing music streaming services? Check out the list below.



1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm perfectly happy with Pandora. I've put a ton of effort into it over the past 3 years and it's amazing. I listen at least 40 hours a week. It's put me on to lesser known music that I love and I've attended 3 concerts from bands I heard of through Pandora.

36. waddup121 unregistered


45. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Google music now offers 3 months for free like Apple and you also now get there type of music you like thing when you 1st start the app, I also got all my songs from spotfly , why I was finding it hard with Apple music to get them all

2. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I'm glad I got in at $7.99 for early adopters of Google Play Music.It has just about every song I like, mostly Electronic Dance Music genre (the rest I can buy off of Beatport) or free official legit downloads on Soundcloud.

8. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Same here, but early adoption granted me $5.99/mo which I think is fair since there is a lot of blocked content in my country

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The only major artist that Google Play Music was missing (last time I checked) was the Beatles, which I assume is because of Apple's efforts to buy the rights to their catalog. Just about everything else is there, including relatively obscure music like the soundtrack to Daybreakers and Erock's metal covers.

19. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Yeah I'm still mad at myself for not sticking with it at $7.99. I'm thinking about paying the $9.99 a month now. If I could get it at $7.99 it would be a no brainer.

26. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Would stay with Spotify since it's only $2.99 in my region.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

PS. If anyone's interested in Deezer in UK you can get it for 99p for 3 month's subscription. The is valid until end of June.

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Deezer's still around? I remember when it was free

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It's still around and not bad at all, though spotify is still better deezer offers a web interface for pc streaming without having to install a client and it has a very good catalog. There's also Napster, but the catalog seems to be smaller than spotify and deezer.

5. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I've tried several of these services on a trial basis. So far I like Google music best. JayZ's service sucks for the money. It's like the Verizon of streaming

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Jay-Z as a artist is overrated himself nowadays

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Are we discussing streaming services or people here? We could talk about Tim Cook if you want, we could say he is overrated as a CEO and only following in Steve Jobs footsteps and copying from Google or we could focus on the streaming apps.

7. HASHTAG unregistered

Where's Tidal? Lol.

31. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The article was about the "best" music streaming, thus why it's not here.

9. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Your Rdio 20 million tunes is dated. A NYT article and its own press release put the figure at 35 million, making its catalog the largest (assuming the other numbers are right). I haven't used the service, but the lower price (vs Spotify) and larger selection catches my attention.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ummm. Xbox music?

20. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Good point. I'd glossed over Xbox Music, mostly because seeing "Xbox" shuts my brain off (I don't own one). But that doesn't mean I couldn't use the service. It is still more expensive that the entry-level Rdio. I'd be curious what one gets for his/her $4.

21. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

After trying most of these, I've stuck with Xbox music. And at least once or twice a year they offer it on sale for $49 for the year.

11. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am curious to know what is the BEST, I have google play now and love the features, (find what ever song i want and play it, playlist, library, fast forward, rewind, video option in the app, remove songs from already made playlist, tons of radio categories, etc) I used the free spotify once and didn't care for the design of the app. pandora can't imagine that being that good. I don't know about the others. We will see about apple music here soon i guess

33. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I agree. Spotify UI is so confusing(kinda makes Google Play Music seem intuitive). Trying the 99ยข for 3 months promo.

43. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

I did the Spotify free trial and I'm surprised at how tinny it sounds compared to Google Play Music on my mobile phone streaming over bluetooth. Play Music streaming is on par with my high quality mp3s.

12. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

Out of all these, only Rdio is available now in my country (India). And it sucks. Hope to see apple music coming.

42. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Deezer is also available in Play Store ...but no web service till now

13. fyah_king unregistered

I love my amazon music for free.:)

17. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Free (ad free) Nokia radio works for me right now.

18. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Quality is an important part in choosing the best streaming service. If apple is just at 256kbps it would be a shame as the others can boast with higher quality.

22. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

I can't believe they have managed to get people to actually pay to stream compressed music.

23. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

no ads, choice of song you want to listen to at any time, download for offline, plus other features. You think they are just going let you do that for free or something? a lot of these apps give you options on the quaity of the playback because of your data options

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