Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Streaming services, including music, are a cool thing. For a small monthly fee, the user gets the opportunity to listen to any music he wants with a clear conscience. Well, almost any. No need to buy individual albums and tracks - the entire huge media library is available all the time. No need to search for something on torrent trackers and download files, filling up memory. In addition, keeping track of the entire music scene in the 21st century on your own is almost impossible, unless you are an inveterate music lover. Therefore, services with competent recommendations are a real salvation for the average listener.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Today we will try to figure out what are the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular music services. For the most part, the approach to this issue is very subjective, so I will be glad to read the comments and personal feedback in the comments. It is worth noting that the conversation will only be about services A Nicely Furnished House For Rent In Kanombe, officially available to Russian users for Russian rubles. Therefore, there is no need to ask about Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora, and especially Spotify (where without it in an article about music streaming). Perhaps they will someday become available to the Russians, but until this happens, we will not study "cunning" methods to circumvent the restrictions. The article will be published in two parts: the first is about Western services, the second is about domestic ones. In the second, we will sum up a certain result.

Content

Apple Music

I'll start with the app I'm currently using. The service from Apple appeared in 2015, but has already gained great popularity. One of the main reasons for this is the application installed by default in all the latest iPhones, but the service also has objective advantages.

First, here is the largest library of music. Among the old releases, you can still not find something, although it's hard to do it among 60 million tracks. But for today's music industry, iTunes (and Apple Music, respectively) is a sacred place to unconditionally release your releases. But even if you still don't find what you're looking for on Apple Music, you can upload up to 100,000 tracks downloaded elsewhere to the cloud. You can do this through iTunes on your desktop, but the songs will be available on artist pages along with your main library everywhere.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Secondly, the service has good pricing. An individual subscription costs 169 rubles / month, but with a family plan (up to six people) for 269 rubles. in terms of one person, it turns out 45 rubles. To create a “family”, you do not need to provide a certificate of kinship, this allows you to save not only relatives, but also just friends. A reduced rate is available for students - 75 rubles / month. along with an Apple TV+ video service subscription.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Thirdly, there are thoughtful selections of music here. Mood playlists sometimes lack choice, but the playlists themselves are excellent - they are compiled manually by professional editors. Automatic selections by performers (Essentials) are good - you can quickly get acquainted with the work of the group / artist and listen to key tracks. But the coolest thing here is the selections by genre, which are also compiled by hand. Thanks to them, I became more interested in new styles of music.

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Now let's go over the shortcomings, there are enough of them here too. Firstly, using the service on platforms that are alien to the Apple ecosystem is often tritely inconvenient. For example, an Android app may crash for no reason and take a long time to load songs.

Until recently, it was impossible to listen to music in the browser, now there is at least a beta version for the web. It does not have many features, and she loves to "eat" RAM. iTunes is available for PC, but it's a terribly sluggish and half-baked program that also likes to get "weird".

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Apple Music browser version

Well, in general, the availability of the service is depressing. A normal web version could partly compensate for the lack of an application on other platforms, but this is not here either. However, if you are already tied to the Apple ecosystem, then this music service is great, as it is built into the system and works almost flawlessly.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Second, having a huge library on Apple Music doesn't mean it's available in a particular country. Occasionally I come across such albums and tracks that are not shown in the application at all or are grayed out. When you try to play such music, the service will report that this release is only available in other countries. This is terribly annoying and looks like some kind of artificial measure for some unknown purpose.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

As for collections, they are both an advantage and a disadvantage in this service. Yes, manually selected songs are cool, but I would like to see competent music recommendation algorithms. And it is they who are lame here - on the page "For you" I sometimes get uninteresting and irrelevant releases. On the main page of the service, domestic pop and rap artists constantly hang, which do not exactly match my musical preferences. And creating a radio station based on one track works strangely at all - most of the songs want to be switched.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Youtube Music and Google Play Music

Two services from Google Corporation can be considered as one. In the beginning, there was only Play Music, which was generally good, but did not have the largest audio library. More recently, Youtube Music appeared, since then a subscription to one service automatically included a subscription to another, and from their management there were repeated statements about the merger of services into one. This "synergy" is the main advantage of music from Google.About 40 million songs from "official" releases are now available on Play Music, and on Youtube Music there are also countless "live" performances, remixes, rare cover versions and other exclusives hidden in the bowels of the video service. Like the Apple service, Play Music allows you to upload your songs to the cloud storage. Their number is less - only 50 thousand, but this option is available even to users of the free version. Yes, and this is enough for the eyes of most users.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Another benefit of a federated service is its flexibility. As long as both of them exist independently, you have the right to choose the application that you like best. Spoiler: most people still like Play Music, since the new service has not yet been polished to perfection. But Youtube Music has a modern design, more convenient for smartphones with a large diagonal. But why none of the services support viewing lyrics to songs is a mystery to me. On Youtube Music, you can at least include the so-called "lyrics videos", but there are not so many of them, and it's inconvenient to watch them.

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There is also a student rate here, but it is more expensive - 95 rubles per month. A regular tariff costs 169 rubles, and a family one (up to 6 people) costs 269 rubles. It is possible to purchase a Youtube Premium subscription: it is 30 rubles more expensive (in each tariff), but in addition to music services, it also includes paid features of the main Youtube. There will be no ads in the service, and videos can be downloaded to your smartphone and watched in the background.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

In both services, there is a good algorithm for selecting music by interests. Interestingly, they both work differently, and I personally like Play Music's recommendations a little more. But the editorial selections are objectively better on Youtube Music - they show the professional approach of the curators, although not yet up to the level of Apple Music.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Actually, the separation of the two services is also a big disadvantage of music from Google. Until recently, Android smartphones were preinstalled with Play Music, which users are already used to. Starting with Android 10, Youtube Music is already pre-installed, which still has a lot of questions. For example, it is still impossible to listen to songs from a personal cloud library, although this is promised to be fixed in the future. Also, despite the presence of a family subscription in both services, Youtube Music is not available to children under the age of 13 if they have their own accounts. The podcasts that Google recently launched are only available on Play Music and only in the US, which is kind of confusing.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Subjectively, the Android app of the "old" service is more stable and more intuitive in itself. In addition, it is available on a huge number of platforms, including as unofficial applications (Windows, Linux and Mac). In general, the user will have to break his head, choosing the lesser of two evils. On the other hand, it's good to have a choice without additional overpayment.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Unofficial Play Music client for Windows

Deezer

One of the few music streaming services that is not tied to any ecosystem. Deezer, like its main global competitor Spotify, does not have financial backing from a large corporation, as is the case with Apple, Google, Yandex or Mail.ru. And this is its strength - if the service survives only thanks to its music, then everything is in order with this music.

There is a cool Flow mode here - an “endless” automatic playlist in which familiar songs are mixed with tracks new to the user. For its competent work, you will need to choose your preferences during the registration process and at first actively like / dislike the recommended songs in accordance with your preferences. You can connect your Last.FM account and pull up “scrambled” (God, what an old word) compositions from there. Subjectively, I liked Deezer's recommendations, and many of them hit the nail on the head for my preferences. But it seemed to me that he too often included songs that I had already listened to in this list, but still I want to hear more new and unknown.

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Pricing here is quite good: 85 rubles per month. for students, 169 rubles. for the regular rate and 255 rubles. for a family (up to 6 people). But interestingly, Deezer also has a free plan with occasional ads and a maximum music bitrate of 128 Kbps. It can only use the "shuffle" playback mode (shuffle), listen only through mobile applications and the web version, and you can not switch more than 6 songs per hour. The music library for free users is the same, and the Flow mode works just as well.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Another important advantage of Deezer, which is still unique for the Russian market, is listening to music in lossless formats (FLAC or ALAC). Lossless means "lossless" - this is high quality music, similar to a CD. True, a Deezer Hi-Fi subscription with these formats will cost much more - 339 rubles / month. without the ability to connect the "family". On smartphones, this does not make much sense, with rare exceptions. But the service's support for network music players (Bang & Olufsen, Harman Kardon, Sonos, Bose, Denon, Onkyo, Sony, Yamaha, LG, Samsung and others) will come in handy in this case. For less than one CD a month, you can listen to something new every day on your home audio system. Almost the entire media library of the service is available in high quality - 53 million songs out of 55.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

The list of devices and systems compatible with Deezer is extremely diverse. In addition to the aforementioned audio systems, the service from French developers officially supports major mobile and desktop platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone), smart watches (watchOS, Wear OS, Fitbit, Garmin), TVs and set-top boxes (Sony Bravia, LG, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Bang & Olufsen, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One), voice assistants (Alexa, Assistant and Siri) and even car platforms (UConnect, Mirrorlink, Waze, BMW and MINI, Carplay and Android Auto). The list is very impressive - no other competitor has such a list. And if there is no suitable platform in the list, for example, Linux, then there is a good web version for such cases.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

It was on this service that the "karaoke" mode first appeared, when the lyrics of the song are displayed in real time to the music. Now Apple Music also has a similar thing in the Musixmatch player, you can call this feature “rare”.

Let's go through the minuses, where would we be without them. Deezer will only be able to upload 2,000 of its mp3 files, and they can only be played on PCs and smartphones. In "smart" TVs and speakers, files are often not found by search. If you connect your Last.FM account to Deezer, then only those songs that are in the service's library, and not downloaded ones, will be scribbled.

Only 2000 tracks can be added to one playlist, the same number can be marked as “favorites”. The first nuance is unlikely to bother anyone, but the second spoils the Flow recommendations. When the user reaches the limit, all subsequent "likes" reset the old ones, and they are again displayed without "likes".

The media library here is considerable, but there are gaps among Russian performers, especially from the underground. The small number of downloadable files and the associated restrictions exacerbate this situation. Personally, the existing one is enough for me, but it can be critical for someone.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

To be continued

But where there are plenty of Russian performers, it is in domestic music services. But I will talk about them in the next article, and there I will try to draw some conclusions about choosing the right platform. In the meantime, tell us about your experience with streaming platforms. What do you consider the most important, what is not critical for you? Are there services that are perfect for you, or do you still have to make compromises? As always, your comments are most welcome.

Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Streaming services, including music, are a cool thing. For a small monthly fee, the user gets the opportunity to listen to any music he wants with a clear conscience. Well, almost any. No need to buy individual albums and tracks - the entire huge media library is available all the time. No need to search for something on torrent trackers and download files, filling up memory. In addition, keeping track of the entire music scene in the 21st century on your own is almost impossible, unless you are an inveterate music lover. Therefore, services with competent recommendations are a real salvation for the average listener.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Today we will try to figure out what are the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular music services. For the most part, the approach to this issue is very subjective, so I will be glad to read the comments and personal feedback in the comments. It is worth noting that the conversation will only be about services A Nicely Furnished House For Rent In Kanombe, officially available to Russian users for Russian rubles. Therefore, there is no need to ask about Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora, and especially Spotify (where without it in an article about music streaming). Perhaps they will someday become available to the Russians, but until this happens, we will not study "cunning" methods to circumvent the restrictions. The article will be published in two parts: the first is about Western services, the second is about domestic ones. In the second, we will sum up a certain result.

Content

Apple Music

I'll start with the app I'm currently using. The service from Apple appeared in 2015, but has already gained great popularity. One of the main reasons for this is the application installed by default in all the latest iPhones, but the service also has objective advantages.

First, here is the largest library of music. Among the old releases, you can still not find something, although it's hard to do it among 60 million tracks. But for today's music industry, iTunes (and Apple Music, respectively) is a sacred place to unconditionally release your releases. But even if you still don't find what you're looking for on Apple Music, you can upload up to 100,000 tracks downloaded elsewhere to the cloud. You can do this through iTunes on your desktop, but the songs will be available on artist pages along with your main library everywhere.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Secondly, the service has good pricing. An individual subscription costs 169 rubles / month, but with a family plan (up to six people) for 269 rubles. in terms of one person, it turns out 45 rubles. To create a “family”, you do not need to provide certificates of kinship, this allows you to save not only relatives, but also just friends. A reduced rate is available for students - 75 rubles / month. along with an Apple TV+ video service subscription.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Thirdly, there are thoughtful selections of music here. Mood playlists sometimes lack choice, but the playlists themselves are excellent - they are compiled manually by professional editors. Automatic selections by performers (Essentials) are good - you can quickly get acquainted with the work of the group / artist and listen to key tracks. But the coolest thing here is the selections by genre, which are also compiled by hand. Thanks to them, I became more interested in new styles of music.

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Now let's go over the shortcomings, there are enough of them here too. Firstly, using the service on platforms that are alien to the Apple ecosystem is often tritely inconvenient. For example, an Android app may crash for no reason and take a long time to load songs.

Until recently, it was impossible to listen to music in the browser, now there is at least a beta version for the web. It does not have many features, and she loves to "eat" RAM. iTunes is available for PC, but it's a terribly sluggish and half-baked program that also likes to get "weird".

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Apple Music browser version

Well, in general, the availability of the service is depressing. A normal web version could partly compensate for the lack of an application on other platforms, but this is not here either. However, if you are already tied to the Apple ecosystem, then this music service is great, as it is built into the system and works almost flawlessly.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Second, having a huge library on Apple Music doesn't mean it's available in a particular country. Occasionally I come across such albums and tracks that are not shown in the application at all or are grayed out. When you try to play such music, the service will report that this release is only available in other countries. This is terribly annoying and looks like some kind of artificial measure for some unknown purpose.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

As for collections, they are both an advantage and a disadvantage in this service. Yes, manually selected songs are cool, but I would like to see competent music recommendation algorithms. And it is they who are lame here - on the page "For you" I sometimes get uninteresting and irrelevant releases. On the main page of the service, domestic pop and rap artists constantly hang, which do not exactly match my musical preferences. And creating a radio station based on one track works strangely at all - most of the songs want to be switched.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Youtube Music and Google Play Music

Two services from Google Corporation can be considered as one. In the beginning, there was only Play Music, which was generally good, but did not have the largest audio library. More recently, Youtube Music appeared, since then a subscription to one service automatically included a subscription to another, and from their management there were repeated statements about the merger of services into one. This "synergy" is the main advantage of music from Google.About 40 million songs from "official" releases are now available on Play Music, and on Youtube Music there are also countless "live" performances, remixes, rare cover versions and other exclusives hidden in the bowels of the video service. Like the Apple service, Play Music allows you to upload your songs to the cloud storage. Their number is less - only 50 thousand, but this option is available even to users of the free version. Yes, and this is enough for the eyes of most users.

There is also a student rate here, but it is more expensive - 95 rubles per month. A regular tariff costs 169 rubles, and a family one (up to 6 people) costs 269 rubles. It is possible to purchase a Youtube Premium subscription: it is 30 rubles more expensive (in each tariff), but in addition to music services, it also includes paid features of the main Youtube. There will be no ads in the service, and videos can be downloaded to your smartphone and watched in the background.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

In both services, there is a good algorithm for selecting music by interests. Interestingly, they both work differently, and I personally like Play Music's recommendations a little more. But the editorial selections are objectively better on Youtube Music - they show the professional approach of the curators, although not yet up to the level of Apple Music.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Actually, the separation of the two services is also a big disadvantage of music from Google. Until recently, Android smartphones were preinstalled with Play Music, which users are already used to. Starting with Android 10, Youtube Music is already pre-installed, which still has a lot of questions. For example, it is still impossible to listen to songs from a personal cloud library, although this is promised to be fixed in the future. Also, despite the presence of a family subscription in both services, Youtube Music is not available to children under the age of 13 if they have their own accounts. The podcasts that Google recently launched are only available on Play Music and only in the US, which is kind of confusing.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Subjectively, the Android app of the "old" service is more stable and more intuitive in itself. In addition, it is available on a huge number of platforms, including as unofficial applications (Windows, Linux and Mac). In general, the user will have to break his head, choosing the lesser of two evils. On the other hand, it's good to have a choice without additional overpayment.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Unofficial Play Music client for Windows

Deezer

One of the few music streaming services that is not tied to any ecosystem. Deezer, like its main global competitor Spotify, does not have financial backing from a large corporation, as is the case with Apple, Google, Yandex or Mail.ru. And this is its strength - if the service survives only thanks to its music, then everything is in order with this music.

There is a cool Flow mode here - an “endless” automatic playlist in which familiar songs are mixed with tracks new to the user. For its competent work, you will need to choose your preferences during the registration process and at first actively like / dislike the recommended songs in accordance with your preferences. You can connect your Last.FM account and pull up “scrambled” (God, what an old word) compositions from there. Subjectively, I liked Deezer's recommendations, and many of them hit the nail on the head for my preferences. But it seemed to me that he too often included songs that I had already listened to in this list, but still I want to hear more new and unknown.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Pricing here is quite good: 85 rubles per month. for students, 169 rubles. for the regular rate and 255 rubles. for a family (up to 6 people). But interestingly, Deezer also has a free plan with occasional ads and a maximum music bitrate of 128 Kbps. It can only use the "shuffle" playback mode (shuffle), listen only through mobile applications and the web version, and you can not switch more than 6 songs per hour. The music library for free users is the same, and the Flow mode works just as well.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Another important advantage of Deezer, which is still unique for the Russian market, is listening to music in lossless formats (FLAC or ALAC). Lossless means "lossless" - this is high quality music, similar to a CD. True, a Deezer Hi-Fi subscription with these formats will cost much more - 339 rubles / month. without the ability to connect the "family". On smartphones, this does not make much sense, with rare exceptions. But the service's support for network music players (Bang & Olufsen, Harman Kardon, Sonos, Bose, Denon, Onkyo, Sony, Yamaha, LG, Samsung and others) will come in handy in this case. For less than one CD a month, you can listen to something new every day on your home audio system. Almost the entire media library of the service is available in high quality - 53 million songs out of 55.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

The list of devices and systems compatible with Deezer is extremely diverse. In addition to the aforementioned audio systems, the service from French developers officially supports major mobile and desktop platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone), smart watches (watchOS, Wear OS, Fitbit, Garmin), TVs and set-top boxes (Sony Bravia, LG, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Bang & Olufsen, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One), voice assistants (Alexa, Assistant and Siri) and even car platforms (UConnect, Mirrorlink, Waze, BMW and MINI, Carplay and Android Auto). The list is very impressive - no other competitor has such a list. And if there is no suitable platform in the list, for example, Linux, then there is a good web version for such cases.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

It was on this service that the "karaoke" mode first appeared, when the lyrics of the song are displayed in real time to the music. Now Apple Music also has a similar thing in the Musixmatch player, you can call this feature “rare”.

Let's go through the minuses, where would we be without them. Deezer will only be able to upload 2,000 of its mp3 files, and they can only be played on PCs and smartphones. In "smart" TVs and speakers, files are often not found by search. If you connect your Last.FM account to Deezer, then only those songs that are in the service's library, and not downloaded ones, will be scribbled.

Only 2000 tracks can be added to one playlist, the same number can be marked as “favorites”. The first nuance is unlikely to bother anyone, but the second spoils the Flow recommendations. When the user reaches the limit, all subsequent "likes" reset the old ones, and they are again displayed without "likes".

The media library here is considerable, but there are gaps among Russian performers, especially from the underground. The small number of downloadable files and the associated restrictions exacerbate this situation. Personally, the existing one is enough for me, but it can be critical for someone.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

To be continued

But where there are plenty of Russian performers, it is in domestic music services. But I will talk about them in the next article, and there I will try to draw some conclusions about choosing the right platform. In the meantime, tell us about your experience with streaming platforms. What do you consider the most important, what is not critical for you? Are there services that are perfect for you, or do you still have to make compromises? As always, your comments are most welcome.

Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Streaming services, including music, are a cool thing. For a small monthly fee, the user gets the opportunity to listen to any music he wants with a clear conscience. Well, almost any. No need to buy individual albums and tracks - the entire huge media library is available all the time. No need to search for something on torrent trackers and download files, filling up memory. In addition, keeping track of the entire music scene in the 21st century on your own is almost impossible, unless you are an inveterate music lover. Therefore, services with competent recommendations are a real salvation for the average listener.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Today we will try to figure out what are the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular music services. For the most part, the approach to this issue is very subjective, so I will be glad to read the comments and personal feedback in the comments. It is worth noting that the conversation will only be about services A Nicely Furnished House For Rent In Kanombe, officially available to Russian users for Russian rubles. Therefore, there is no need to ask about Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora, and especially Spotify (where without it in an article about music streaming). Perhaps they will someday become available to the Russians, but until this happens, we will not study "cunning" methods to circumvent the restrictions. The article will be published in two parts: the first is about Western services, the second is about domestic ones. In the second, we will sum up a certain result.

Content

Apple Music

I'll start with the app I'm currently using. The service from Apple appeared in 2015, but has already gained great popularity. One of the main reasons for this is the application installed by default in all the latest iPhones, but the service also has objective advantages.

Firstly, here is the largest library of music. Among the old releases, you can still not find something, although it's hard to do it among 60 million tracks. But for today's music industry, iTunes (and Apple Music, respectively) is a sacred place to unconditionally release your releases. But even if you still don't find what you're looking for on Apple Music, you can upload up to 100,000 tracks downloaded elsewhere to the cloud. You can do this through iTunes on your desktop, but the songs will be available on artist pages along with your main library everywhere.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Secondly, the service has good pricing. An individual subscription costs 169 rubles / month, but with a family plan (up to six people) for 269 rubles. in terms of one person, it turns out 45 rubles. To create a “family”, you do not need to provide certificates of kinship, this allows you to save not only relatives, but also just friends. A reduced rate is available for students - 75 rubles / month. along with an Apple TV+ video service subscription.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Thirdly, there are thoughtful selections of music here. Mood playlists sometimes lack choice, but the playlists themselves are excellent - they are compiled manually by professional editors. Automatic selections by performers (Essentials) are good - you can quickly get acquainted with the work of the group / artist and listen to key tracks. But the coolest thing here is the selections by genre, which are also compiled by hand. Thanks to them, I became more interested in new styles of music.

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Now let's go over the shortcomings, there are enough of them here too. Firstly, using the service on platforms that are alien to the Apple ecosystem is often tritely inconvenient. For example, an Android app may crash for no reason and take a long time to load songs.

Until recently, it was impossible to listen to music in the browser, now there is at least a beta version for the web. It does not have many features, and she loves to "eat" RAM. iTunes is available for PC, but it's a terribly sluggish and half-baked program that also likes to get "weird".

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Apple Music browser version

Well, in general, the availability of the service is depressing. A normal web version could partly compensate for the lack of an application on other platforms, but this is not here either. However, if you are already tied to the Apple ecosystem, then this music service is great, as it is built into the system and works almost flawlessly.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Secondly, having a huge library on Apple Music doesn't mean it's available in a particular country. Occasionally I come across such albums and tracks that are not shown in the application at all or are grayed out. When you try to play such music, the service will report that this release is only available in other countries. This is terribly annoying and looks like some kind of artificial measure for some unknown purpose.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

As for collections, they are both an advantage and a disadvantage in this service. Yes, manually selected songs are cool, but I would like to see competent music recommendation algorithms. And it is they who are lame here - on the page "For you" I sometimes get uninteresting and irrelevant releases. On the main page of the service, domestic pop and rap artists constantly hang, which do not exactly match my musical preferences. And creating a radio station based on one track works strangely at all - most of the songs want to be switched.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Youtube Music and Google Play Music

Two services from Google Corporation can be considered as one. In the beginning, there was only Play Music, which was generally good, but did not have the largest audio library. More recently, Youtube Music appeared, since then a subscription to one service automatically included a subscription to another, and from their management there were repeated statements about the merger of services into one. This "synergy" is the main advantage of music from Google.About 40 million songs from "official" releases are now available on Play Music, and on Youtube Music there are also countless "live" performances, remixes, rare cover versions and other exclusives hidden in the bowels of the video service. Like the Apple service, Play Music allows you to upload your songs to the cloud storage. Their number is less - only 50 thousand, but this option is available even to users of the free version. Yes, and this is enough for the eyes of most users.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Another benefit of a federated service is its flexibility. As long as both of them exist independently, you have the right to choose the application that you like best. Spoiler: most people still like Play Music, since the new service has not yet been polished to perfection. But Youtube Music has a modern design, more convenient for smartphones with a large diagonal. But why none of the services support viewing lyrics to songs is a mystery to me. On Youtube Music, you can at least include the so-called "lyrics videos", but there are not so many of them, and it's inconvenient to watch them.

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There is also a student rate here, but it is more expensive - 95 rubles per month. A regular tariff costs 169 rubles, and a family one (up to 6 people) costs 269 rubles. It is possible to purchase a Youtube Premium subscription: it is 30 rubles more expensive (in each tariff), but in addition to music services, it also includes paid features of the main Youtube. There will be no ads in the service, and videos can be downloaded to your smartphone and watched in the background.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

In both services, there is a good algorithm for selecting music by interests. Interestingly, they both work differently, and I personally like Play Music's recommendations a little more. But the editorial selections are objectively better on Youtube Music - they show the professional approach of the curators, although not yet up to the level of Apple Music.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Actually, the separation of the two services is also a big disadvantage of music from Google. Until recently, Android smartphones were preinstalled with Play Music, which users are already used to. Starting with Android 10, Youtube Music is already pre-installed, which still has a lot of questions. For example, it is still impossible to listen to songs from a personal cloud library, although this is promised to be fixed in the future. Also, despite the presence of a family subscription in both services, Youtube Music is not available to children under the age of 13 if they have their own accounts. The podcasts that Google recently launched are only available on Play Music and only in the US, which is kind of confusing.

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Subjectively, the Android app of the "old" service is more stable and more intuitive in itself. In addition, it is available on a huge number of platforms, including as unofficial applications (Windows, Linux and Mac). In general, the user will have to break his head, choosing the lesser of two evils. On the other hand, it's good to have a choice without additional overpayment.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

Unofficial Play Music client for Windows

Deezer

One of the few music streaming services that is not tied to any ecosystem. Deezer, like its main global competitor Spotify, does not have financial backing from a large corporation, as is the case with Apple, Google, Yandex or Mail.ru. And this is its strength - if the service survives only thanks to its music, then everything is in order with this music.

There is a cool Flow mode here - an “endless” automatic playlist in which familiar songs are mixed with tracks new to the user. For its competent work, you will need to choose your preferences during the registration process and at first actively like / dislike the recommended songs in accordance with your preferences. You can connect your Last.FM account and pull up “scrambled” (God, what an old word) compositions from there. Subjectively, I liked Deezer's recommendations, and many of them hit the nail on the head for my preferences. But it seemed to me that he too often included songs that I had already listened to in this list, but still I want to hear more new and unknown.

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Pricing here is quite good: 85 rubles per month. for students, 169 rubles. for the regular rate and 255 rubles. for a family (up to 6 people). But interestingly, Deezer also has a free plan with occasional ads and a maximum music bitrate of 128 Kbps. It can only use the "shuffle" playback mode (shuffle), listen only through mobile applications and the web version, and you can not switch more than 6 songs per hour. The music library for free users is the same, and the Flow mode works just as well.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Another important advantage of Deezer, which is still unique for the Russian market, is listening to music in lossless formats (FLAC or ALAC). Lossless means "lossless" - this is high quality music, similar to a CD. True, a Deezer Hi-Fi subscription with these formats will cost much more - 339 rubles / month. without the ability to connect the "family". On smartphones, this does not make much sense, with rare exceptions. But the service's support for network music players (Bang & Olufsen, Harman Kardon, Sonos, Bose, Denon, Onkyo, Sony, Yamaha, LG, Samsung and others) will come in handy in this case. For less than one CD a month, you can listen to something new every day on your home audio system. Almost the entire media library of the service is available in high quality - 53 million songs out of 55.

Music streaming services comparison part 1 Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

The list of devices and systems compatible with Deezer is extremely diverse. In addition to the aforementioned audio systems, the service from French developers officially supports major mobile and desktop platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone), smart watches (watchOS, Wear OS, Fitbit, Garmin), TVs and set-top boxes (Sony Bravia, LG, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Bang & Olufsen, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One), voice assistants (Alexa, Assistant and Siri) and even car platforms (UConnect, Mirrorlink, Waze, BMW and MINI, Carplay and Android Auto). The list is very impressive - no other competitor has such a list. And if there is no suitable platform in the list, for example, Linux, then there is a good web version for such cases.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

It was on this service that the "karaoke" mode first appeared, when the lyrics of the song are displayed in real time to the music. Now Apple Music also has a similar thing in the Musixmatch player, you can call this feature “rare”.

Let's go through the minuses, where would we be without them. Deezer will only be able to upload 2,000 of its mp3 files, and they can only be played on PCs and smartphones. In "smart" TVs and speakers, files are often not found by search. If you connect your Last.FM account to Deezer, then only those songs that are in the service's library, and not downloaded ones, will be scribbled.

Only 2000 tracks can be added to one playlist, the same number can be marked as "favorites". The first nuance is unlikely to bother anyone, but the second spoils the Flow recommendations. When the user reaches the limit, all subsequent "likes" reset the old ones, and they are again displayed without "likes".

The media library here is not small, but there are gaps among Russian performers, especially from the underground. The small number of downloadable files and the associated restrictions exacerbate this situation. Personally, the existing one is enough for me, but it can be critical for someone.

Music streaming services comparison part 1

To be continued

But where there are plenty of Russian performers, it is in domestic music services. But I will talk about them in the next article, and I will also try to draw some conclusions about choosing the right platform. In the meantime, tell us about your experience with streaming platforms. What do you consider the most important, what is not critical for you? Are there services that are perfect for you, or do you still have to make compromises? As always, your comments are most welcome.

Comparison of music streaming services, part 1

Streaming services, including music, are a cool thing. For a small monthly fee, the user gets the opportunity to listen to any music he wants with a clear conscience. Well, almost any. No need to buy individual albums and tracks - the entire huge media library is available all the time. No need to search for something on torrent trackers and download files, filling up memory. In addition, keeping track of the entire music scene in the 21st century on your own is almost impossible, unless you are an inveterate music lover. Therefore, services with competent recommendations are a real salvation for the average listener.

Today we will try to figure out what are the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular music services. For the most part, the approach to this issue is very subjective, so I will be glad to read the comments and personal feedback in the comments. It is worth noting that the conversation will only be about the services of A Nicely Furnished House For Rent In Kanombe, officially available to Russian users for Russian rubles. Therefore, there is no need to ask about Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora, and especially Spotify (where without it in an article about music streaming). Perhaps they will someday become available to the Russians, but until this happens, we will not study "cunning" methods to circumvent the restrictions. The article will be published in two parts: the first is about Western services, the second is about domestic ones. In the second, we will sum up a certain result.

Today we will try to figure out what advantages and disadvantages the most popular music services have. For the most part, the approach to this issue is very subjective, so I will be glad to read the comments and personal feedback in the comments. It is worth noting that the conversation will only be about services A Nicely Furnished House For Rent In Kanombe A Nicely Furnished House For Rent In Kanombe , officially available to Russian users for Russian rubles. Therefore, there is no need to ask about Tidal, Amazon Music, Pandora, and especially Spotify (where without it in an article about music streaming). Perhaps they will someday become available to the Russians, but until this happens, we will not study "cunning" methods to circumvent the restrictions. The article will be published in two parts: the first is about Western services, the second is about domestic ones. In the second, we will summarize.

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Apple Music

I'll start with the app I'm currently using. The service from Apple appeared in 2015, but has already gained great popularity. One of the main reasons for this is the application installed by default in all the latest iPhones, but the service also has objective advantages.

First, here is the largest library of music. Among the old releases, you can still not find something, although it's hard to do it among 60 million tracks. But for today's music industry, iTunes (and Apple Music, respectively) is a sacred place to unconditionally release your releases. But even if you still don't find what you're looking for on Apple Music, you can upload up to 100,000 tracks downloaded elsewhere to the cloud. You can do this through iTunes on your desktop, but the songs will be available on artist pages along with your main library everywhere.

Secondly, the service has good pricing. An individual subscription costs 169 rubles / month, but with a family plan (up to six people) for 269 rubles. in terms of one person, it turns out 45 rubles. To create a “family”, you do not need to provide certificates of kinship, this allows you to save not only relatives, but also just friends. A reduced rate is available for students - 75 rubles / month. along with an Apple TV+ video service subscription.

Thirdly, there are thoughtful selections of music here. Mood playlists sometimes lack choice, but the playlists themselves are excellent - they are compiled manually by professional editors. Automatic selections by performers (Essentials) are good - you can quickly get acquainted with the work of the group / artist and listen to key tracks. But the coolest thing here is the selections by genre, which are also compiled by hand. Thanks to them, I became more interested in new styles of music.

Now let's go over the shortcomings, there are enough of them here too. Firstly, using the service on platforms that are alien to the Apple ecosystem is often tritely inconvenient. For example, an Android app may crash for no reason and take a long time to load songs.

Until recently, it was impossible to listen to music in the browser, now there is at least a beta version for the web. It does not have many features, and she loves to "eat" RAM. iTunes is available for PC, but it's a terribly sluggish and half-baked program that also likes to get "weird".

Apple Music browser version

Well, in general, the availability of the service is depressing. A normal web version could partly compensate for the lack of an application on other platforms, but this is not here either. However, if you are already tied to the Apple ecosystem, then this music service is great, as it is built into the system and works almost flawlessly.

Secondly, having a huge library on Apple Music doesn't mean it's available in a particular country. Occasionally I come across such albums and tracks that are not shown in the application at all or are grayed out. When you try to play such music, the service will report that this release is only available in other countries. This is terribly annoying and looks like some kind of artificial measure for some unknown purpose.

As for collections, they are both an advantage and a disadvantage in this service. Yes, manually selected songs are cool, but I would like to see competent music recommendation algorithms. And it is they who are lame here - on the page "For you" I sometimes get uninteresting and irrelevant releases. On the main page of the service, domestic pop and rap artists constantly hang, which do not exactly match my musical preferences. And creating a radio station based on one track works strangely at all - most of the songs want to be switched.

Youtube Music and Google Play Music

Two services from Google Corporation can be considered as one. In the beginning, there was only Play Music, which was generally good, but did not have the largest audio library. More recently, Youtube Music appeared, since then a subscription to one service automatically included a subscription to another, and from their management there were repeated statements about the merger of services into one. This "synergy" is the main advantage of music from Google. About 40 million songs from "official" releases are now available on Play Music, and on Youtube Music there are also countless "live" performances, remixes, rare cover versions and other exclusives hidden in the bowels of the video service. Like the Apple service, Play Music allows you to upload your songs to the cloud storage. Their number is less - only 50 thousand, but this option is available even to users of the free version. Yes, and this is enough for the eyes of most users.

Another benefit of a federated service is its flexibility. As long as both of them exist independently, you have the right to choose the application that you like best. Spoiler: most people still like Play Music, since the new service has not yet been polished to perfection. But Youtube Music has a modern design, more convenient for smartphones with a large diagonal. But why none of the services support viewing lyrics to songs is a mystery to me. On Youtube Music, you can at least include the so-called "lyrics videos", but there are not so many of them, and it's inconvenient to watch them.

There is also a student rate here, but it is more expensive - 95 rubles per month. A regular tariff costs 169 rubles, and a family one (up to 6 people) costs 269 rubles. It is possible to purchase a Youtube Premium subscription: it is 30 rubles more expensive (in each tariff), but in addition to music services, it also includes paid features of the main Youtube. There will be no ads in the service, and videos can be downloaded to your smartphone and watched in the background.

In both services, there is a good algorithm for selecting music by interests. Interestingly, they both work differently, and I personally like Play Music's recommendations a little more. But the editorial selections are objectively better on Youtube Music - they show the professional approach of the curators, although not yet up to the level of Apple Music.

Actually, the separation of the two services is also a big disadvantage of music from Google. Until recently, Android smartphones were preinstalled with Play Music, which users are already used to. Starting with Android 10, Youtube Music is already pre-installed, which still has a lot of questions. For example, it is still impossible to listen to songs from a personal cloud library, although this is promised to be fixed in the future. Also, despite the presence of a family subscription in both services, Youtube Music is not available to children under the age of 13 if they have their own accounts. The podcasts that Google recently launched are only available on Play Music and only in the US, which is kind of confusing.

Subjectively, the Android app of the "old" service is more stable and more intuitive in itself. In addition, it is available on a huge number of platforms, including as unofficial applications (Windows, Linux and Mac). In general, the user will have to break his head, choosing the lesser of two evils. On the other hand, it's good to have a choice without additional overpayment.

Unofficial Play Music client for Windows

Deezer

One of the few music streaming services that is not tied to any ecosystem. Deezer, like its main global competitor Spotify, does not have financial backing from a large corporation, as is the case with Apple, Google, Yandex or Mail.ru. And this is its strength - if the service survives only thanks to its music, then everything is in order with this music.

There is a cool Flow mode here - an “endless” automatic playlist in which familiar songs are mixed with tracks new to the user. For its competent work, you will need to choose your preferences during the registration process and at first actively like / dislike the recommended songs in accordance with your preferences. You can connect your Last.FM account and pull up “scrambled” (God, what an old word) compositions from there. Subjectively, I liked Deezer's recommendations, and many of them hit the nail on the head for my preferences. But it seemed to me that he too often included songs that I had already listened to in this list, but still I want to hear more new and unknown.

Pricing here is quite good: 85 rubles per month. for students, 169 rubles. for the regular rate and 255 rubles. for a family (up to 6 people). But interestingly, Deezer also has a free plan with occasional ads and a maximum music bitrate of 128 Kbps. It can only use the "shuffle" playback mode (shuffle), listen only through mobile applications and the web version, and you can not switch more than 6 songs per hour. The music library for free users is the same, and the Flow mode works just as well.

Another important advantage of Deezer, which is still unique for the Russian market, is listening to music in lossless formats (FLAC or ALAC). Lossless means "lossless" - this is high quality music, similar to a CD. True, a Deezer Hi-Fi subscription with these formats will cost much more - 339 rubles / month. without the ability to connect the "family". On smartphones, this does not make much sense, with rare exceptions. But the service's support for network music players (Bang & Olufsen, Harman Kardon, Sonos, Bose, Denon, Onkyo, Sony, Yamaha, LG, Samsung and others) will come in handy in this case. For less than one CD a month, you can listen to something new every day on your home audio system. Almost the entire media library of the service is available in high quality - 53 million songs out of 55.

The list of devices and systems compatible with Deezer is extremely diverse. In addition to the aforementioned audio systems, the service from French developers officially supports major mobile and desktop platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone), smart watches (watchOS, Wear OS, Fitbit, Garmin), TVs and set-top boxes (Sony Bravia, LG, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Bang & Olufsen, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One), voice assistants (Alexa, Assistant and Siri) and even car platforms (UConnect, Mirrorlink, Waze, BMW and MINI, Carplay and Android Auto). The list is very impressive - no other competitor has such a list. And if there is no suitable platform in the list, for example, Linux, then there is a good web version for such cases.

It was on this service that the "karaoke" mode first appeared, when the lyrics of the song are displayed in real time to the music. Now Apple Music also has a similar thing in the Musixmatch player, you can call this feature “rare”.

Let's go through the minuses, where would we be without them. Deezer will only be able to upload 2,000 of its mp3 files, and they can only be played on PCs and smartphones. In "smart" TVs and speakers, files are often not found by search. If you connect your Last.FM account to Deezer, then only those songs that are in the service's library, and not downloaded ones, will be scribbled.

Only 2000 tracks can be added to one playlist, the same number can be marked as "favorites". The first nuance is unlikely to bother anyone, but the second spoils the Flow recommendations. When the user reaches the limit, all subsequent "likes" reset the old ones, and they are again displayed without "likes".

The media library here is not small, but there are gaps among Russian performers, especially from the underground. The small number of downloadable files and the associated restrictions exacerbate this situation. Personally, the existing one is enough for me, but it can be critical for someone.

To be continued

But where there are plenty of Russian performers, it is in domestic music services. But I will talk about them in the next article, and I will also try to draw some conclusions about choosing the right platform. In the meantime, tell us about your experience with streaming platforms. What do you consider the most important, what is not critical for you? Are there services that are perfect for you, or do you still have to make compromises? As always, your comments are most welcome.