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Topic # 190630 7-Jan-2016 08:13
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Hi,

Ill put it out there that im no Audiophile and don't own any high end audio gear but its been something i wanted to look into for a long time now.

In relation to all the music streaming services available i'd like to know everyone's opinions. I personally prefer Apple Music. I have got Spotify free, soundcloud, apple music. I pick Apple music for day to day listening as its easy. Spotify has a few more remixes and songs available in some genres i like.

Out of the top few Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Sound Cloud, Google Play music.

Whats your preferred and why?
My device is an Iphone 6S 64GB. Whats a good set of ear buds for this phone?

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  Reply # 1464838 7-Jan-2016 08:25
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I haven't used Apple Music since it first came out with the 3 month free trial. At the time I found the interface horrible/cluttered on the iPhone and in iTunes. I belive they have made some changes since then but I haven't taken the time to have another look.

I use Spotify Premium and am pretty happy with it. They have got rid of the apps part of Spotify recently but other than that I have no issues with it. I like the UI, plenty of playlist to be found online and a pretty good selection of music. 

The Earbuds that come with an iPhone now days aren't half bad. Much better than the pre iPhone 5 version.

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  Reply # 1464845 7-Jan-2016 08:45
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I tend to use pandora and spotify.

I tried apple music but the interface was a bit crap and I would have to setup my play list again from spotify

Might give it another go however



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  Reply # 1464848 7-Jan-2016 08:48
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lxsw20: I haven't used Apple Music since it first came out with the 3 month free trial. At the time I found the interface horrible/cluttered on the iPhone and in iTunes. I belive they have made some changes since then but I haven't taken the time to have another look.

I use Spotify Premium and am pretty happy with it. They have got rid of the apps part of Spotify recently but other than that I have no issues with it. I like the UI, plenty of playlist to be found online and a pretty good selection of music. 

The Earbuds that come with an iPhone now days aren't half bad. Much better than the pre iPhone 5 version.


Good to hear, I'm on the fence between the 2. Spotify does have user playlists so might be the tipping point for me.
Sound quality between the 2 with my device, Id be interested to know what difference there is.
What will the iphone 6S run nicely?




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  Reply # 1464875 7-Jan-2016 09:06
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Spotify Premium and Apple music are both 256kbit IIRC so will both sound the same. They both run fine on my 6 so should also be fine on the 6S.

Someone made an app to move playlist from Spotify to Apple Music. I can't remember what it's called right now but can look it up if someone is interested. It was only a few $ from memory. 

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  Reply # 1464899 7-Jan-2016 09:35
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I've been trying out Apple Music and actually dislike it. Slow, clunky, streams often stop for no reason (as in, buggy).

Personally, I use Pandora One (mostly), Spotify and Google Play Music. My weapon of choice whilst out on the road is a pair of Sennheiser IEM's (CX300II).




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  Reply # 1464905 7-Jan-2016 09:42
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So found this
http://www.macrumors.com/how-to/move-playlists-from-spotify-to-apple-music/

I am just moving a list or 2 over from spotify to apple music to see what it's like
Would love to use apple music for my apple watch so i don't need my phone to go running.



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  Reply # 1464907 7-Jan-2016 09:44
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tripp: So found this
http://www.macrumors.com/how-to/move-playlists-from-spotify-to-apple-music/

I am just moving a list or 2 over from spotify to apple music to see what it's like
Would love to use apple music for my apple watch so i don't need my phone to go running.




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  Reply # 1464912 7-Jan-2016 09:52
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Ive used 

rdio, pandora, grooveshark


I use now

google play music


Most of my things are on google so I like the integration with this.  It has everything I want, the "radio" feature is great (all service im aware of have this, just call it something different).  cost is basically the same as every other service I think which is NZD$12.99 a month

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  Reply # 1464994 7-Jan-2016 11:00
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Hi Tim I have used most of them inc Apple Music , Pandora, Google Etc

So now I just use Spotify and Amazon Instant Music ( Free with Amazon Prime ) . I have found them the best.

Incidentally the highest quality one is Tidal but not that many artists yet.




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  Reply # 1465020 7-Jan-2016 11:22
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rokki: Hi Tim I have used most of them inc Apple Music , Pandora, Google Etc

So now I just use Spotify and Amazon Instant Music ( Free with Amazon Prime ) . I have found them the best.

Incidentally the highest quality one is Tidal but not that many artists yet.


Its only 1411kbps ;).

Might make the switch to Spotify. I have had no issues with Apple Music what so ever, No crashing or interruptions. Always works.





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  Reply # 1465024 7-Jan-2016 11:26
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michaelmurfy: I've been trying out Apple Music and actually dislike it. Slow, clunky, streams often stop for no reason (as in, buggy).


That's my experience with it too. And is something I've never seen with Spotify.

And when Apple Music gets in that state, it'll play for about 3 seconds, then buffer for another 1 second, making the listening experience intolerable. This usually lasts for a few minutes, then normal transmission resumes.  When listening during work hours, this would happen a couple of times a day.

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  Reply # 1465025 7-Jan-2016 11:27
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I've paid for Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.
Spotify is used the most, its integration isn't without issues... but it's okay.
However, I believe competition in this segment will only improve everyones offering.
I've dropped Apple Music and I don't miss it. The app integration drove me bananas.
Tidal have had their issues with dropouts (apparently for countries on the globe that are South of Singapore) and connectivity, but so far it seems okay to use.
I tend to discover more new music on Tidal than anywhere for some reason... but it's not cheap!

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  Reply # 1465034 7-Jan-2016 11:39
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I've tried Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music.

They are all good, somehow Pandora is my favourite for the price (Free), it just seems to play more songs I like.

Tried the Apple Music trial and found it was good. Quality was fine and never had it miss a beat.
I liked being able to play virtually whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Hard to justify the price of netflix though.

I'm not motivated to try google or amazon options yet.



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  Reply # 1465108 7-Jan-2016 13:02
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lxsw20: Spotify Premium and Apple music are both 256kbit IIRC so will both sound the same.  


Spotify Premium is 320 kbps for both streaming and downloads if you use extreme settings. I also like the way it integrates with my wifi LG Music Flow speaker system from any device. Gave up on the Apple Music product the moment it asked me for an Apple ID to trial, but from a lot of comments I am not missing much.

Google Play is my backup for my many DJ Mixes, so more music than I have time to listen to.

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  Reply # 1465434 7-Jan-2016 21:32
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I tried Apple Music at launch and it did all sorts of weird things to my iTunes library, so that really annoyed me, and I got really confused over what was online and offline and when I was streaming vs what was on my phone. I find the Spotify user experience to be much more straightforward and you can wring higher quality streaming out of it than Apple Music, IIRC. If I want to buy a song to own I'll do it via iTunes, but all my streaming needs are now covered by Spotify. I got a family sub so the young fella can listen to his own stuff. Really easy to save playlists for offline use, and it defaults to the saved version to limit data use, I believe.




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