Ever since I first started using it, I've been a Spotify convert. I love the social playlist features and that it generally has all the music I want to listen to. I've been using premium for a good 6 months and I don't think I'd switch back unless a large portion of the library goes away.
I gave Rdio a good honest try but I found two problems.
The first is that Rdio doesn't let you save offline playlists on desktop computers. This was very important because I worked at a place with poor internet connection options. Therefore, streaming a ton of content was rude.
The second was that at the time, I had a lot of trouble getting music to play. I would spend a whole 20 minute car ride trying to get a song to play. This was about three years ago so I'm guessing it's improved but Spotify's performance was much better.
I love how it syncs between the app and the web. I can stop my computer, open my phone and it is playing the same song.
Spotify Family is a big win for use as well.
I'm saying Spotify because it's the best of the services I've used, but it's still far from ideal. In a perfect world I'd have an app with Spotify's performance, Rdio's interface, and Tidal's sound quality. If someone makes that happen you can take my money all day long.
Spotify + Spotifree is my go-to right now.
I wouldn't make this a popularity contest.
Spotify will win the votes, but Rdio is still better.
You can trust me, my opinions are objective universal laws.
I prefer the design and organizational structure of Rdio. Much cleaner and easier on the eyes than Spotify. I also like the strong social aspect.
Rdio, but it's been so long since I've used Spotify that I forget why. Probably just that it's easier on my eyes. And the family plan works for me.
I do have lots of gripes with Rdio. Biggest is not being able to remove specific songs from the queue when playing the whole album.
I tried Google play, but there's no iPad app. UI seems clunkier as well.
I started using Rdio before Spotify was available in the US so perhaps I'm just biased to what I know. IMO, the UI/UX of Rdio is way better. Spotify made things a lot better with their latest update, but it still feels very cluttered to me. I too am an album listener and rarely listen to playlists. I certainly don't take the time to make playlists myself. I know Spotify fixed this, but for the longest time this was a dealbreaker for me.
My only complaint with Rdio at the moment is its lack of app integration. Spotify gives the ability to access their library in various 3rd party apps and I've yet to see any apps do this with Rdio.
I started as a Rdio user, and when they launched Spotify in Canada I gave it a trial. I ended up sticking with Rdio just due to an overall cleaner experience (this is just my opinion).
Although I did enjoy how to find new music in Spotify more at the time, Rdio has since started making adjustments and it gets better every update.
Rdio: they pay artists/songwriters/labels/publishers more than any other streaming service.
Also I love the design, UI, and functionality.
Loving their UI is like saying you like a piece of cloth
I like a piece of cloth
I love lamp.
Cotton feels nicer than polyester? Heh
What's wrong with cloth? Your wardrobe would like a word.
Can you post the source to this comment? I believe you but I want to know if it's really true.
Hey Josh, Totally understandable! Well, I'm a manager and label myself so I do have my royalty statements, but I can't really disclose that.
However, this infographic may help clarify:
awesome thank you
I switched from Spotify to Rdio about 3 years ago because I like the way it organizes my music. Spotify was all about creating playlists, but I prefer to listen to music by the album, and Rdio did that better.
I've been impressed by Spotify's updated UI, but haven't had much of a reason to switch back. Looking forward to Apple's streaming service though ;).
Exactly this. After my Rdio trial expired I gave Spotify a go before settling on which service should I pay for, and my reaction was "god, playlists everywhere". I'm an album person so Rdio was the way to go for me.
And while I do appreciate the size of Spotify's library, tbh there's few things I haven't really found in Rdio up to this point. I just wish Rdio had gapless playback. :(
Spotify added the ability to save and organize your music by albums quite a while ago. You're no longer forced to use playlists.
Google Play Music. Looks beautiful, huge fan of material design, all the music I could ever want from my phone or TV (using Chromecast or my Nexus Player). Plus ad-free music videos on YouTube. For me, personally, it's because I'm all-in on the Google ecosystem and Google Play Music All Access Pass is just an extension of that.
Same here. I subscribe to Google Play Music as well and really like it overall.
I super agree.
Best UI of any of them I reckon. No silly desktop app like Spotify. Great integration between mobile app and web app.
My only criticism would be the range of available music isn't quite as expansive as other options.
+1 Google Music
Because Songza playlists, and I can upload weird music not in their library for listening / backup.
I was with Rdio for the longest, but I ended my subscription and opted for just buying albums through iTunes. At first it was about money (I didn't think I spent more than $10 on music a month), but that actually proved false.
However, by buying music through iTunes the disk space graph in iOS is more accurate, which I love. (Using Rdio, my "app" disk space was HUGE since I had so many albums saved to mobile. That's sort of a false positive, since it's really music, not apps.) Also, I can now ask Siri to "play Jack White" and it plays. Hopefully in the future Siri will be able to access controls inside apps, but it can't right now, and that really bugged me.
An unexpected joy I get is the extra attention I now give to music. I paid for that album. I will listen to it over and over, learn the lyrics and all the intricacies in the music. With Rdio, I was very flippant with my listening. Would listen, and if I didn't immediately connect, I would drop the album and move to something else. It was a free-for-all money-wise, so it didn't matter as much. I feel more intimate with the music I choose by buying each album.
HypeMachine- loyal user for 6 years(!)
Pros: - Free - No interruptions, no audio ads - Curates music from music blogs (ie: people who love and have a taste for good music, do write-ups, reviews, etc) - Great for discovering fresher music and artists before they get big. - Awesome integration with Songkick to show nearby concerts of artists whose songs you like that you're listening to in the moment.
Cons: - Limited playlists (you can make up to 3) - Not all music is on here. But if you're on HypeMachine, you're not here to listen to Top 40's.
I haven't used Hype Machine in a while, but when I was, I found that a majority of what's aggregated is very dance-pop/remixes. Is this still the case?
Nope, and I don't prefer EDM/pop/remixes either- they have filters for Popular + no-remixes (highly recommend this!) and you can search within genres.
It varies week by week though, sometimes all the popular music is dance-pop/remixes, and the next couple weeks it's all amazing experimental chillwave/ambient stuff.
Upvote: iTunes Radio
Google Music because Android and ChromeCast.
A mixture of Spotify, Bandcamp and SoundCloud (plus my own collection on iTunes when I can face it).
Grooveshark. I've tried Spotify and Rdio, and I just keep coming back to Grooveshark because it's free without ad interruptions, and for this:
The queue is visual, clear, easy to manipulate, and most importantly, it's always present, no matter what pages I'm browsing through, it's there. This horizontal interface seems to me to be obviously the best way to handle the queue because it offers so much more room than a vertical layout.
All of that said, it might finally be time that something else gets used by me because Grooveshark just redesigned to a vertical queue, which kinda sucks, and the old design won't be usable for much longer.
Any Grooveshark users share my annoyance and have found satisfaction elsewhere?
I haven't used Grooveshark in a while, but I really liked their player UI (their music discovery and search aren't great though). I think their (old) player (horizontal UI) was the best out of all the streaming services.
Unfortunately, I switched to Spotify because the selection on Grooveshark was lacking and quality varied way too much.
Yeah, I've heard other people say that they switched for the selection. I haven't had the same experience myself, but it might depend on what kind of music you're trying to listen to, but they've always had the stuff I'm looking for (lots of jazz, post rock, funk), including lots of not-so-big stuff that I'm surprised to find. I think there's probably some specific types of music that's hard to find on there though.
I still use iTunes for playing back audio I actually own. To me it's more full filling knowing I get what I pay for rather than "getting" to stream it and never actually download the music. I do use spotify to discover new music though.
- Chrome only extension
- not available on phone / tablet
- No adds
- All that is available on youtube
- Pandoralike features, that lets you find out new stuff that you might like
I use all 3 but been trying out Tidal recently. Overpriced & poor interface but the high fidelity music is nice!
Rdio and others (soundcloud, youtube, hypem, TIMJ, Deezer ...) None of this music services has all the music. We are exposed to more and more sources. Our music librairies are more and more fragmented. I'm building http://disco.io with a friend to offer a personal streaming music librairies, that can centralize all our favorites and playlists. We don't support Spotify for now, because they are much less open that the other services. They don't allow users to match their collections and playlists to other services. That's a bit strange, but they own that, not you. Rdio and Deezer are much nicer about that.
For now, Spotify. I switched from Spotify to Rdio and back again. Rdio has an awesome UI and is better at organising your music. The whole Music listening experience is better from a designer point of view, to my opinion. "Then why did you switched back to Spotify?" you might ask. Well Spotify had some really great updates that fixed most music organising (artist, album) issues I had with the service, so that eliminated one of the biggest differences between the two. But one of the most important reasons I switched... Streaming. Spotify nails it when it comes to streaming experience, it's almost instant where as Rdio needs a few seconds (sometimes really long) to buffer when skipping songs. It made the service feel slow, combined with the desktop and mobile apps that are just less snappy than Spotify's. I use Spotify on my mobile (iPhone) in the car a lot and Spotify is really much more responsive, less annoying. Also I have a lot of friends on Spotify I refer new music to so that's an obvious choice and Spotify is a lot more active in my country (Netherlands) which leads to more interaction and updates (Rdio thinks we are German given the browse feature is in German instead of Dutch). That said, Spotify also still has it's flaws, the UI mainly can be a bit daunting to understand, especially when switching to devices etc. But hey, no piece of software can be perfect right ;) And at least Spotify is updating a lot, for the better.
Tl;dr It al comes down to streaming music, Spotify, for now, is fastest, almost like you're playing local music files. I was starting to get annoyed with the streaming delays with Rdio, so I switched.
I'm really looking forward trying the upcoming Apple music service though. I love competition ;)
Amazon Prime Music: I'm a cheap bastage and it comes free with my Prime membership.
The catalog isn't the best, but it is "free" so that works for me.
I know it's silly, but I actually pay for both services. I just can't decide which one is better.
Rdio is perfect if you like to listen to full albums and don't care too much about music discovery and social interactions. I mean, the way Rdio lets you organize your music library is flawless.
Spotify, on the other side, makes your life harder if you're into listening to full albums or full discographies (since the service is more focused on creating playlists), but it's discovery features are fantastic. Spotify is always making me find great new bands. Also, since Spotify is so much more popular than Rdio, it's much easier to find friends using it. That means recommending songs to people you like (and also receiving a lot of recommendations).
That said, I prefer how Rdio approach design — it has a much more cleaner and more objective than Spotify's unfocused and dark interface. Rdio's design problem relies on its Mac app though, which is not native (it's just a lame and slow webview). Spotify's Mac app, on the other side, is much more snappy. Things like selecting multiple songs to perform an action (like saving or deleting them) work much better. That helps a lot when you're trying to organize songs in playlists.
I strong recommend you try both services (maybe even paying for a couple of months) before making your decision.
About the music library: both services seem to have strictly the same music selection.
Beg to differ, check for yourself: http://spotifyvrdioremix.meteor.com/
Actually, this link only proves that Rdio has a bunch of duplicate songs, while Spotify seems to have a more organized music library: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/3t9qctuj46y3k5w/2015-03-13%20at%2006.07.png
Still moar! ;-)
Rdio is perfect if you like to listen to full albums and don't care too much about music discovery and social interactions. I mean, the way Rdio lets you organize your music library is flawless.
No way! I was just wondering today why Spotify makes my life so hard to listen to all of my albums.
I just hate that I have to create a ton of playlists just to keep artists easily accessible. Will check Rdio immediately.
You probably gave Rdio a new customer with this comment :P
You are able to save and organize albums in Spotify too. Just hit the Save button next to the album title, and it will be saved to the Albums section under "Your music".
But when you save artists, for example, Spotify doesn't organize songs in albums. You go to Your Music > Artist > Artist Name and all songs are there kind of mixed together.
Oh, I see. That's not practical at all.
People who are interested in discovering newer, up+coming bands should check out Tradiio (http://www.tradiio.com/). It is a pretty interesting and unique experience. Definitely more of an active (rather than passive) application--not intended to just be a "on in the background only" type of app.
Hope you enjoy it :)
- Spotify for most general listening (collaborative playlists
— wow, My comment was significantly longer than this when I posted it. I had a "thumbs up" emoji after "playlists" and I think that totally chopped off the rest of my post. :'(
Soundcloud! I love the Stream. It's like Twitter for music. You can find the newest stuff there directly from the artists.
Shameless plug: If you're into electronic music try out my new site http://1song.co. 1 song delivered by email every day. It includes a streaming embeds from Spotify, Soundclud, Youtube and/or iTunes. Sorry, no Rdio (yet).
Definitely a fan of Tidal these days (http://tidalhifi.com/us). Their desktop app is awful, though, so I rely on their web player and iPhone app, which are both nice.
I was a big fan of Rdio for the first year or so. It's been a steady decline since, and is practically unusable these days. The desktop app is incredibly slow and unresponsive, and the iPhone app isn't really any better.
I've never felt the draw to Spotify.
Rdio because my work blocks Spotify.
Even though i love the design of Rdio, i seemed to like Spotify's offerings more.
I've always been a Spotify user but switched to Rdio briefly because it seemed to have a nicer UI and was more focussed (at the time) on albums than Spotify was. However, I found it to be totally unreliable as a service and was missing a fair bit of music I listen to so I switched back after a month. Spotify is much better nowadays for organising albums although not as good as Rdio in that regard.
I also vaguely remember Rdio having some really annoying quirk I couldn't get past. I think it was that you couldn't hide unavailable albums or something? I dunno, whatever it was it was annoying.
Spotify for me. I’ve been using it since 2012, and Rdio has a shitty selection where I live (in Singapore).
Design is not just veneer, and while Rdio’s UI looked way nicer, Spotify was snappier and their apps work very well. With Spotify Connect especially, it’s just a breeze.
Deezer and Spotify
Upvote SoundCloud, Pros Mobile app is outstanding The latest, fresher tunes around the world from indie artists. Community driven
Cons No offline storage listening Exploration system could be better
Hit me up (https://soundcloud.com/ohhko) and let me check out your profile, always looking for great music.
Which: Whatever's cheapest
Why: None of them have "complete catalogues", none of them have perfect UI, none of them have superior sound quality. For the end user they're basically the same thing.
I started using Spotify but then switched over to Rdio purely because of the UI. I think it's much easier to navigate.
The only downside is that I tend to get a lot of errors & playback issues, even when on wifi or LTE.
Anyone else have similar experiences?
I listen primarily to hiphop and electronic music. My favorite artists upload their music to SoundCloud for free. Granted, every once in a while I'll hear an ad but it's a small price to pay for the experience.
I love the sense of community on Soundcloud I love the waveform player:)
Could also look at Plex + Plex Pass, your own music/video everywhere :) https://plex.tv/ ... personally used Rdio for ages because of the design and functionality, but jumped ship to Spotify for the catalogue ... thinking of moving towards a plex based solution these days though
I subscribe to Google Play Music. I signed up when the service first launched, so I'm grand-fathered into a $7.99/month plan. Previous to Google Play, I was a Last.FM subscriber until it ended subscription plans.
I really like the library of music (I often listen to obscure electronic music and I have yet to find an artist that isn't on the service), the flexibility of streaming vs downloading, and you can upload your own music to the service (not sure why you would need to if you're a subscriber, but Google will replace your file with a higher bit-rate version if its version is higher). I like the web app, but the Google Play Music Android app can definitely use an update to its UX; Material Design looks great, but some interactions are bothersome to me.
Grooveshark for playlists and specific songs/albums, and soma.fm for background music (Iush and groovesalad are just so perfect to design...)
Spotify, because most tracks on Rdio are blocked for me (in germany)
Come one everyone. We're all creators here... the numbers don't lie!
+1 Spotify (Premium)
iTunes Match still best (and cheapest) option if you're not only into only blockbuster albums. Beside that I've been used Spotify and Rdio and there's no much difference for the music I listen too. But I still prefer Rdio UI so it's what I use.
Spotify : all music inside it
Rdio now, for their clean(light) Ui
Mixture of Spotify, iTunes and vinyl.
Spotify is mainly for creating playlists and wishlist for tracks I don't have yet. Plust ofcourse the huge catalog and social interactions.
iTunes as main music player for OS X and iOS with iTunes Match (love that).
And vinyl for the true sound and those specific albums which just sound better on wax. And the whole collecting thing of course.
I've used Rdio and Spotify, but I'm currently paying for Google Play Music - which I'm not that into either. Here's some thoughts:
Rdio - Good, clean, and simple UI. However the radio feature that I use to discover new songs were really bad.
Spotify - Also love the visual design of Spotify but it's too confusing. It does too much and I had hard time getting comfortable with it. The thing I loved the most is their radio stations were good and if I gave feedback on songs (thumb up/down) it immediately altered the queue to cater to the feedback.
Google Play Music - Good recommendations and simple UI. Doesn't feel like a music app though - compared to Spotify and Rdio. When you use those two, you can tell you're using something related to music and it helps set the mood. The Google app while looks good feels like a regular app playing music. Their recommendations were great but the queue didn't change right away (like spotify) based on my feedback.
I really wanted to try Beats Music and iTunes Radio but since they've not come out in Canada yet and going to be prob merged soon, I'm excited to see the outcome.
Spotify: Why? Music Library, Design, Apps, and Premiun Features
Spotify for trips because of offline playlists. Otherwise I use Soundcloud for radio shows and new daily content.
Hypem + Soundcloud