There is no doubt that streaming music has become the dominant method listeners get their audio enjoyment. And, as such, there are a lot of different tools to access that content on a regular basis. Some options are free, while others require a subscription. But, at least in the majority of cases, throwing money at a service typically means you're getting more features, so it's hopefully worth it.
There's a report out today that Google is (finally?) making YouTube Music a default option on Android phones, which may be good news for the folks who already use the service, and an annoyance for those who will see it as just another stock app they don't need.
With so many options, I'm curious to know which you've chosen.
Way back in the day I was a Zune customer. Microsoft's streaming option was just too good to pass up at the time, especially since the service offered up 10 credits every month that you could use to buy music you really liked. Plus, the music selection was pretty great, and the Zune hardware was my favorite at the time.
But then Zune went away, and I eventually found my way over to Spotify. That service quickly became indispensable for me, and it stayed that way for a long, long time. I did try out other services, like Rdio which I really liked. But by the time any real contenders showed up, Spotify's argument was clear: it knows my music tastes so well, why start over with another service?
Then Apple Music came along and, at the time, Siri wouldn't let me control music playback with Spotify. (That's changing in iOS 13, thankfully.) So I made the switch and, ultimately, forced Apple Music to learn what I like. It still doesn't get it right all the time, but I can safely say that now, months later, it does understand me for the most part.
And yet I still think about switching back to Spotify. It's like being away from home, and it just doesn't get easier even with time.
But there are so many other options out there. Pandora, SoundCloud, Tidal, YouTube Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, and more. They all offer mostly the same things, with a few key differences for some of them (like better audio quality from Amazon's new HD streaming option to match Tidal's own lossless option), and each has access to millions of songs from thousands of artists.
So, which service do you use? Do you stick with the free tiers, or do you pay a certain amount every month? Why do you stick with the service you do versus switching to a competing product? Let me know!