I started experimenting with all the music (all famous 4 devices Apple Music, Spotify, tidal) streaming services except amazon prime having a feel-good experiencing testing the different playlists starting from the workout, funk, pop-rock, classics, coke studio, part, rock. I must say more than using these apps I discovered a lot of music genres and explored new music of different languages even regional ones such as Tamil, Telugu Hindi, and many more languages.
Gaana – I started using Gaana very earlier when I started going to the gym playing Hindi songs (Gaana has mostly Indian songs – most popular Hindi songs) with my wired headphones the one thing Gaana is proud of it has very loud music (base is very strong in Gaana). so if you are a base fan you are in the right place if you had opt-in for Gaana. Like every perk has its own flaws Gaana has very very less song collection. I know they are going very strong going forward they are trying to add more (or may get merged eventually) but now it has a very low collection. and the sound quality is just okay-ish
After its premium (3 months free trial) I got back to the free version which sucks as you have to go through a lot of display ads and page directing ads and more annoying ads after 2-3 songs. so one thing I found was if you go back to the home screen and come back to the app you won’t be seeing this ad again for some time (which is quite annoying though).
Apple Music – 3 months of apple subscription for freemium service as an apple device user I use to always listen to music from my apple music by syncing from iTunes also Syncios (where I always sync my music from iTunes) even before apple music became mainstream service. The one thing I always like about apple is its UI same goes here in the apple music more than listening to music the feel-good UI always makes you go back. apple music has a decent collection of music. the music quality is also quite good (Very less regional collection though which Apple will get there eventually).
Spotify – last but not least Spotify turns out to be my winner. my freemium service is going to be end soon and I may go with Spotify if I would buy a subscription. because Spotify makes your music experience so flawless that you end up going there even after the annoying ads (promoting their own subscription service). not only music Spotify is betting huge on the podcast industry they are spending tons on podcast advertisements. Quite obvious that that podcasting will be minting money in the future and will be a new revenue stream for Spotify (Joe Roegans 100mn dollar acquisition makes sense now).
The best thing about Spotify is you can explore hell lot of podcasts. as am a huge podcast fan I listened to a 2-3 longs hour podcast. Spotify makes you easily discover new podcasts based on the interest here’s where Spotify excels and dominates the other app and this is why people bet on Spotify than any other app.
I have not used tidal yet. my next bet would be tidal as I got good to recommend for tidal. I would be trying to add Tidal reviews too & will see how it goes. but until then I stand for Spotify and consider Spotify as the winner in this music streaming game as no one can beat its recommendation algorithm (It is to music what Tiktok is for video).
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