Since circa 2012, I’ve been using Spotify as my primary music streaming service, after realising that buying CD’s was not quite so economically viable for the amount of music I listen to, and my moral dials became a little more aligned as far as the Torrenting front was concerned.
After recently getting a new Android phone, on which the Spotify app sits comfortably in the ‘good-not-great’ category; experiencing a few problems with syncing, functionality and reliability, I was tempted by the Google Play Music’s offering.
Early this year, I decided to try out a free trial of Google Play Music, and bid a (temporary) farewell to Spotify’s premium service. During my trial of Google Play Music (Which I’m still enjoying) I decided that comparing the two streaming services is much harder to compare than I thought it would be, and the decision of which one to throw money at got a little more challenging. It certainly isn’t black and white - more like green and orange.
The reason I loved Spotify, and I hate to admit this, was faint underlying narcissism. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily narcissistic, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like to believe that people gave a shit about the music I was listening to and adding to playlists. Spotify is an addictive social media of the music world, and I like that. I also value the opinion of my friends, as much as a computer. If my friends stars a track, I’m more likely to listen to that track than if a computer tells me I’ll like it, naturally.
The reason I love Google Play Music is much more simplistic than above. To put it bluntly, I can listen to what I want, when I want, how I want, and find new artists by the shedload at the press of a button. That’s exactly what streaming services should be about - the freedom to take your music with you anywhere, and find new artists on command.
At the moment, I’m planning to use Google Play Music at my streaming service of choice, however I wholly plan on keeping my Spotify playlists updated with music I discover.