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Music Streaming Services
« on: April 2, 2023, 11:51:56 pm »
What do you use and have you tried others?

Iíve tried Spotify, YouTube music, Amazon, tidal and Apple Music.

I was initially Spotify like everyone else but moved to YouTube because premium removes the adds on normal YouTube and because there is loads of stuff on there that isnít anywhere else since it was only uploaded there albeit in really bad quality. I then tried Amazon and tidal as they had higher quality streaming options but I honestly couldnít tell the difference with my headphone setup bar when itís a YouTube oldie that was uploaded to the normal site years ago. In the past week I ordered a new Sonos speaker that does Atmos but the Atmos only works with Amazon and apple. Thought the Amazon app was shite so wasnít signing up to that again, only option was apple and I normally give them a wide birth bar iPads.

Iím hearing a noticeable improvement in quality over all the other apps now on apple. It could be my setup but my setup handles all codecs so Iím not sure why this is. I used beyerdynamics tygr 300ís and a FiiO btr3k dac for all when listening, not high end stuff but should be a decent way to notice differences which I could never really hear until trying the apple one.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #1 on: April 3, 2023, 12:01:52 pm »
erm Bittorrent and save your money? :D

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #2 on: April 3, 2023, 12:20:28 pm »
Have Youtube Premium and Apple Music.

Youtube Premium is use because of the no ads thing, not really for music. I noticed I was watching more of than I do any other vide streaming service so it was worth it. Plus it's really cheap here. Like the equivalent of 13 pounds a year.

Apple Music is what I use mostly. It's just so well integrated to everything else I own. I get Apple TV+, 50GB of cloud storage, and Apple Music for less than two pounds a month, so again very good deal. Like you, it was the Spatial Audio that won me over.
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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #3 on: April 3, 2023, 12:27:31 pm »
Tidal HIFI.
Best sound quality.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #4 on: April 3, 2023, 01:31:06 pm »
Tried Spotify for a few months but didn't see the value and free option is jarring with adverts.

I have one main Youtube account where i set up all my playlists and then just get a new free trial each month by setting up a new account each time, and subcribe to the main one. It's great having no adverts and also be able to lock phone and still listen (for free). I watch more YT than anything else too so makes sense.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #5 on: April 3, 2023, 02:39:10 pm »
Apple Music for lossless/spatial and it's on all my devices anyway.

I did use Spotify for years up until AM launched and then I switched over cos I was getting it for free and have stayed.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #6 on: April 3, 2023, 04:17:54 pm »
have a tidal subscription through argentina, costs me less that 1 euro a month and i can share my login with up to 5 people.  :champ

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #7 on: April 3, 2023, 08:47:49 pm »
Have Youtube Premium and Apple Music.

Youtube Premium is use because of the no ads thing, not really for music. I noticed I was watching more of than I do any other vide streaming service so it was worth it. Plus it's really cheap here. Like the equivalent of 13 pounds a year.

Apple Music is what I use mostly. It's just so well integrated to everything else I own. I get Apple TV+, 50GB of cloud storage, and Apple Music for less than two pounds a month, so again very good deal. Like you, it was the Spatial Audio that won me over.
The reason I wonít be getting rid of YouTube premium is the ads and like yourself I watch YouTube more than anything else. I should stop being lazy though get a vpn and get it cheap from another country. Would need an online paying method as well.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #8 on: April 3, 2023, 10:38:34 pm »
erm Bittorrent and save your money? :D
No way would I go back to downloading music. Streaming services are a must these days unlike Netflix etc that can easily be replaced by not so legal available streaming methods.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #9 on: April 5, 2023, 06:58:57 am »
YouTube Vanced off my blower (to never see ads). I also rip music from Deezer with a little download tool

Also have Spotify as I listen to so much I basically use loads of storage for tunes. I like exploring and finding new music (doing SoundHound when out, or checking out certain genres, or a specific artist that's in my head for whatever reason) so, in a real out-of-character thing for me am happy to pay for Spotify

Also because if you go on the Lyrics bit for a song it might have a little looped video for the tune
The one for Riders On the Storm is an animated  Jim Morrison driving down a highway in the rain

Edit: giving Tidal a try. See what the hi-fi quality is like
« Last Edit: April 5, 2023, 07:47:34 am by ToneLa »

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #10 on: April 5, 2023, 09:50:47 am »
No way would I go back to downloading music. Streaming services are a must these days unlike Netflix etc that can easily be replaced by not so legal available streaming methods.

Even as someone who happily still torrents all the video content I'm after, I've given up adding to the MP3 library I started waaaaaay back in the Napster days. It wasn't a conscious decision, and maybe even 5 or so years ago I was still using ripping tools to grab hold of anything I'd stumbled across on YT, but it got to point I had several hundred MP3s just sat in my 'Downloads' that I then never did anything with. Around the same time I dipped my toe into the Amazon Echo setups, and so started paying for Prime Music. I'd always assumed that the streaming services only really catered to mainstream audiences so was pretty impressed by just what I was finding on there, including all the content I was still downloading. There are still a few favourite albums that are just too obscure for Amazon, so my backup is a Plex server that is linked into the Echos via a skill to provide that particular music when desired.

I only really listen to MP3 files now in the car, I keep a USB stick there with several hundred 'classics', but increasingly I find myself using the Amazon Music app to sync a couple of playlists (so they stream locally and not use data) instead. I can't get my Plex stuff that way though, I'd need the specific app for that and I can't be bothered paying extra to occasionally listen to half a dozen albums.

What this thread has illustrated to me though, with the YT premium comments, is that there are people who apparently don't use browser ad blockers to stop all that sort of thing happening.
« Last Edit: April 5, 2023, 09:53:23 am by Riquende »

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #11 on: April 5, 2023, 10:27:04 am »
Yeah I'm still being a tight ass an not paying anyone :D Soulseek and FLAC format and sorted

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #12 on: April 5, 2023, 11:19:28 am »
YouTube vanced (basically YouTube premium without the cost), a cracked version of Spotify (all the benifiets of premium again without the cost) and an IPTV sub giving every channel I could ever want, all the PPV stuff and everything which is on Prime, Netflix etc and a whole lot more for £25 a year.

For podcasts I tend to use BBC Sounds and Castbox. Both are free.
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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #13 on: April 5, 2023, 01:57:30 pm »
Spotify, generally.

My brother-in-law has a Tidal Family Account and shared a login for that with me too. Been using it a fair bit but can't say I notice a great increase in quality on the home speakers (Sonos Fives and Ones). Might give it a go with the Sony cans to see if it makes much of a difference.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #14 on: April 5, 2023, 02:40:41 pm »
YouTube vanced (basically YouTube premium without the cost), a cracked version of Spotify (all the benifiets of premium again without the cost) and an IPTV sub giving every channel I could ever want, all the PPV stuff and everything which is on Prime, Netflix etc and a whole lot more for £25 a year.

For podcasts I tend to use BBC Sounds and Castbox. Both are free.

Sup my YouTube Vanced amigo

Throw in Plex and I've got that setup (my IPTV is a bit worse at on demand than the Plex service)

What's the cracked Spotify called?

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #15 on: April 5, 2023, 05:53:51 pm »
I have 13 years of playlists on Spotify, that to me makes it a no brainer. I'd probably give Tidal to a go otherwise but a tenner a month is nothing - under half the price of one new LP.

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #16 on: April 5, 2023, 06:05:52 pm »
You can import playlists to Tidal

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #17 on: April 5, 2023, 08:44:13 pm »
What's the cracked Spotify called?

Just one I found on a popular torrent site years ago. Only works on android though. Basically you need to set up a free account. Uninstall the latest version of Spotify, install the cracked .apk and log in with your free account.

The file i use is called Spotify Music 8.6.0.830 [Final] [Mod Apk] {B4tman}
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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #18 on: April 6, 2023, 04:52:51 pm »
have a tidal subscription through argentina, costs me less that 1 euro a month and i can share my login with up to 5 people.  :champ

Same and the quality is excellent, sounds fantastic on my Kefs

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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2023, 01:56:08 am »
Spotify Family, not even sure what the cost is, think it's about £15 a month, myself, daughter, son and wife all use it daily.

Couldn't do without it, used to torrent and had all the songs I downloaded on an iPod back in the day. Tried Deezer, Amazon music, Apple music and YouTube but prefer Spotify
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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2023, 03:11:55 pm »
have a tidal subscription through argentina, costs me less that 1 euro a month and i can share my login with up to 5 people.  :champ

Nice one, just did this myself. I prefer spotify as i think their suggestion algorithms are better, but i was using tidal due to the integration with djay pro ai, but couldnít really justify the extra cost, but with this Argentina sign up trick (used hola free vpn for sign up), i got the standard hifi tidal for ars99 = £0.38 per month. Just use tune my music to transfer playlists
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Re: Music Streaming Services
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2023, 10:07:23 pm »
Same and the quality is excellent, sounds fantastic on my Kefs
Which Kefs do you have? They are all supposed to be great but I couldnít justify the outlay personally so went with the Sonos era 300 (absolutely delighted with it and would recommend to anyone looking in that price bracket) and will probably add another further down the line for proper stereo.
« Last Edit: April 22, 2023, 10:09:56 pm by MBL? »