Spotify defeated by... Google Play Music? Poll results

Spotify defeated by... Google Play Music? Poll results
So, the days of Spotify being synonymous with "Internet radio" are slowly slipping away. There have been multiple music streaming services launched to rival it over the past few years — Deezer, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Tidal, et cetera. And some of these have gotten quite popular. Either through being locked in with a specific manufacturer's hardware ecosystem (*ahemApple*) or being available on a ton of different phones out-of-the-box (Google Play).

We thought we'd run a quick popularity contest and our poll results do show that Spotify's grip is slipping. You can check out the votes below:

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%


Naturally, a poll that ran for a short while won't be showing us the whole picture. But we did run the same poll last year and, back then, Spotify and Play Music were neck and neck. We guess Google is doing something right!

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38 Comments

2. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

I don't have any money, so I prefer Spotify Android paid full free :)

7. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Using the Google Opinion Rewards app & recently referring new users to Google Pay($10 a person), my Google Play Music/YouTube whatever is paid for a while. :-)

8. wabajak13

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

I use Google Play because it also includes YouTube Red. The extra value is pretty much the only reason (plus already have all my playlists curated).

10. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Never in a right state of mind anyone would opt for Play Music over Spotify and Apple Music. Play music has such a crappy interface compared to Spotify and Apple Music both. Also the uncertain policy of Google towards it's apps especially Music makes one uncomfortable. They keep expanding and contracting their apps, jumping from one to another, multiple apps for one purpose, i don't see how can be one comfortable with such hip hops. And it reflects in real user base stats. Spotify is at top, Apple Music at second and Play Music isn't even a contender. A poll from tech site with utterly biased fanboys isn't reflective of reality.

14. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Some statements you make are true, Google play does have a "crappy interface," However, to state that people are not in their right state of mind to opt for Play Music over Spotify is opinion. Google Play Music is bundled in with YouTube Red/YouTube Premium, which gives you all the features of most music streaming services, along with ad-free YouTube services and YouTube Originals (if you actually care). Google Play also allows you to have all your music in one play (convenience), your streaming from Google Play Music, and all of your purchased music from anywhere (whether CDs and Vinyls that have been digitally ripped, or other digital retailers) with up to 50,000 song storage for free. It's also the default player that comes with all Android smartphones. There are also quite the few songs that are available on Google Play Music that are not available on Apple Music and Spotify (I have all 3 services, 2 of them Premium: Google Play Music and Apple Music) So, it does offer convenience and broader music availability. I will say that a poll from a tech site is not representative of the people's preference, but only a small segment of the market.

29. andrewc31394

Posts: 295; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Do people really prefer Spotify's UI over Play Music? I hate Spotify's honestly but I do use it for certain music unavailable on Google's platform

38. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Both are cool to me. I do think Spotify's looks better though.

30. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

So, I assume you are a Spotify fanboy? Your bias is showing.....

11. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I have 2500 songs downloaded and stored on my microSD card so no need to pay monthly sub fees

12. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I have to laugh

34. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

at yourself....

13. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It’s funny that android trolls that use Spotify or download music illegally voted for google play music just to rig this poll, these guys are such a hilarious joke lmao

19. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Do you genuinely feel that way, or are you just salty because Apple Music doesn't have the highest percentage? We all know you'd be singing a different tune had Apple Music come in first.

20. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You know this poll is rigged by android trolls, how can anyone take seriously any poll here when we know the result is like a meme just because trolls ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

22. evanroden

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 27, 2018

You really think "Android trolls" would do this? So dumb; the reason is because most people have Android phones, so it'll be either Spotify or GPM.

28. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You know very well that this site is run by android trolls, should anyone be surprised with the result? I think not

33. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Android trolls? So, why are you here and commenting if you don't like it? That seems pretty Troll-ish to me.

36. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Because I’m sick of trolls and I fight them whenever I see them and whenever I can, the world needs more persons like me to eliminate this plague

35. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

troll

26. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The second one.

27. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lol, do you think I care about the poll results? It’s hilarious that all your attempts fail miserably, we all know that real life numbers are totally different to this poll, you can troll all the polls you want, real life will show you the crude reality for you :(

31. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Do your parents know you are on the computer by youself again?

16. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I use Google Play Music as my music streaming service, but I will probably be jumping ship soon because this whole YouTube Premium/YouTube Music fiasco. We still don't have a solid answer as to what's gonna happen to Play Music down the line, and it seems simpler to just use Spotify or Apple Music instead of wasting time trying to make sense of Google's choices.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe they did it just to hear you cry about the results. Mission accomplished.

21. evanroden

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 27, 2018

No, this survey has a fatal flaw: the people who read your articles are not a representative subset of the population. It's like taking a poll inside about "the best band" inside of a Spencer's.

32. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

It's a survey bro... .just like all the rest... a survey is a limited polling, not fact. relax

37. Vega007

Posts: 78; Member since: May 18, 2017

I prefer Google Play for sure if I am using Android. On my iPhone, Apple Music all the way. I've never liked Spotify's UI.

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