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  Reply # 1465446 7-Jan-2016 21:46
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Ive only tried spotify premium but have no complaints at all.
Really like the integration with my sonos speakers.

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  Reply # 1465456 7-Jan-2016 22:15
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Spotify, pandora and amazon prime here.

Amazon prime because I can shout at the echo to play stuff, but its useless with loads missing. Nothing more annoying than asking it for something and getting samples from the amazon store or just getting told that it cant find it.

Pandora because I can start it playing and hear things that I dont know that I want to hear.

Spotify because I can choose what to hear within what they have available, and has offline for using in the car. That's over bluetooth info $50 speakers so quality hardly matters.

flac collection for proper listening because stuff playing lossy stuff.




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  Reply # 1465460 7-Jan-2016 22:23
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Spotify - mainly cos of the integration with my Squeezebox ecosystem. Can browse and search directly from my Squeezebox mobile apps, and play directly on all my Squeezebox devices. Including cheap RPi clients running piCorePlayer. Plenty of selection and being able to share playlists is great - for $13 a month it is a no-brainer in our house. Never noticed any buffering and we are on a low-end VDSL connection.

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Free Pandora does the trick for me. The algorithm is awesome, it learnt my music tastes and plays songs I know I like and hadn't heard of but still like. Great service.

Although I would like to get google's play music when I buy an amp, speakers and Chromecast audio later this year. So I can choose (almost) any song or album I wish.

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  Reply # 1465525 8-Jan-2016 02:06
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Kiwifruta: Free Pandora does the trick for me. The algorithm is awesome, it learnt my music tastes and plays songs I know I like and hadn't heard of but still like. Great service.


I'm always on the lookout for new tunes so I am going to try Pandora out. Spotify's algorithm isn't the best in that regard. Plus, Pandora now have an Apple TV 4 app and since I have that plugged through my home theatre system, it makes for a decent listening experience.




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  Reply # 1465527 8-Jan-2016 02:40
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TimA:
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 ;).

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That is lossless for stereo audio...



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TimA:
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 ;).

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That is lossless for stereo audio...


Your expecting me to know but i dont :).
All i know is that figure is about 4x higher than the others.




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  Reply # 1465575 8-Jan-2016 08:32
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Play music.  My only wish is Play Music family plan was available in NZ that's one area Apple Music is better but overall good catalog, excellent car/bluetooth app integration, offline mode etc.

With a little bit of Pandora free for music discovery sometimes  I would probably have just used Pandora if it supported unlimited skips and offline mode (hopefully someday since the Rdio acquisition) till then I only use it sometimes when working at my desk and use Google Play for everything else.

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  Reply # 1465614 8-Jan-2016 09:07
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littleheaven: I'm always on the lookout for new tunes so I am going to try Pandora out. Spotify's algorithm isn't the best in that regard. Plus, Pandora now have an Apple TV 4 app and since I have that plugged through my home theatre system, it makes for a decent listening experience.


Yeah, I like the combination we use of Spotify Premium for selecting specific music and free Pandora for discovering new stuff but also for background music - I just don't have the time to build playlists for music when we have people over, and I find Pandora ideal for this (though if you listen to the same 'station' too often you can hear the same track a few too many times!). Spotify radio isn't nearly as good, and I also can't seem to access this through our Squeezeboxes.

While I find the Spotify app a little flaky on my (Android) phone (eg, freezing; and then the other day all 30GB of synced tracks suddenly weren't showing as synced any more, but were still taking up card space), it generally works well, and as with a post above its integration with our three Squeezeboxes means we won't be shifting in a hurry.

Never bothered trying out Apple Music as Spotify does the job, and read too many reports of what a dog the Apple product is.

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  Reply # 1465667 8-Jan-2016 09:50
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I was using Deezer and would still be now but the spark spotify deal was too good to not use. Deezer  has "flow" which is a radio station which plays songs you have been listening to plus new songs of a similar style. Really good when you want to listen with out having decide what. I now use pandora for that.  Spotify is good just took a while to get use to , really not that keen on the ipad app far too much going on and not that keen on the sliding half pages.  

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  Reply # 1465749 8-Jan-2016 11:41
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I use Google Play Music - subscription so I can get access to all new music with download functionality to phone. The good thing on the android app is the ability to switch between 'all music' and downloaded only. Download only is useful option as it removes all the Google Play radio functions, recommendations etc, leaving just your downloaded library. So when I feel like new music, I choose all music, when I feel like listening to something familiar, I choose download only.

I also subscribe to Pandora - for the higher bit rate and ad-free. I think Pandora has a better algorithm than Google radio (well I prefer it's choices over Google).

With Google Play - remember YouTube Red is likely to arrive in NZ soon, which will give you Google Play Music bundled with ad-free You Tube - both for a similar price to Spotify music only.

Finally, for streaming radio - I highly recommend Radio Paradise. It's free and ad-free - on web, ios and android apps plus Sonos. Great vehicle for discovering new music.

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  Reply # 1465856 8-Jan-2016 12:51
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My Setup:
Spotify Premium (Free with Spark Prepay)
One account works on the following:
* 1 online device at a time; Either my Android Tablet or My PS4 that officially uses Spotify for music these days and can play in the background during video games great feature to replace in game sound tracks.

* Offline multiple devices; I use it on my phone in offline mode great for music while walking etc. and doesn't chew up your data cap.

Another feature I'm enjoying is the 'Running' option when you browse under 'Genres & Moods'  great for workouts allows you to set a tempo then Spotify gathers the required music you need to be online from memory so I'm using this at home for Spinning or the Rowing Machine.

What ever you choose you can always change, just go for it and enjoy.

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  Reply # 1466114 8-Jan-2016 17:50
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i use xbox music aka groove on my windows pc, xbox, and win phone. 

when i'm using the phone in the car I can browse my artists, albums, songs, genres etc from the car head unit which makes it awesome.

when i'm on the xbox, it automatically queues up music videos where available (but I turned this off cause most videos are unsuitable for kids!)




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  Reply # 1466304 9-Jan-2016 01:42
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I use Spotify, been with them for a long time. Used to use Tidal (when it was called Wimp, its a norwegian service - but Spotify still won, even though they are swedish ;)

Like that I can set playlists as "offline", so that all the songs are stored on my iPhone, great for when you are out in the woop woops, flying or just want to save on data transfers.

I find the various playlists that Spotify create for new music and genres to be a great way to discover new music.

Have tried Apple Music, liked Beats Radio but the rest was just a cluttered mess.

I am a sound engineer and my ears can't tell the difference between Tidals uncompressed 1411 kbit/s (CD) quality and Spotifys 320 Kbit/s stream. I know there is a difference (technically), but I can't hear it.






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  Reply # 1466785 9-Jan-2016 22:33
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dafman: I use Google Play Music - subscription so I can get access to all new music with download functionality to phone. The good thing on the android app is the ability to switch between 'all music' and downloaded only. Download only is useful option as it removes all the Google Play radio functions, recommendations etc, leaving just your downloaded library. So when I feel like new music, I choose all music, when I feel like listening to something familiar, I choose download only.

I also subscribe to Pandora - for the higher bit rate and ad-free. I think Pandora has a better algorithm than Google radio (well I prefer it's choices over Google).

With Google Play - remember YouTube Red is likely to arrive in NZ soon, which will give you Google Play Music bundled with ad-free You Tube - both for a similar price to Spotify music only.

Finally, for streaming radio - I highly recommend Radio Paradise. It's free and ad-free - on web, ios and android apps plus Sonos. Great vehicle for discovering new music.


Thanks for the heads up on Radio Paradise, been streaming it for the last two days.

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