Spotify vs Apple vs Amazon

So Amazon just recently launched its own music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, a few days ago. After adding that to the list of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others there's definitely no shortage of options out there.

What sets Amazon apart is price. Customers can play music on Amazon's Echo speaker and digital assistant for only $3.99 a month, while full access beyond Echo will cost Amazon Prime members $7.99, and non-members $9.99 - the monthly price point that had become the industry standard.

Amazon is betting that people will want to stream music from their living rooms, rather than just their smartphone, using Echo's voice controls as a "personalised jukebox.

I think Amazon is too late to the game to have any serious impact considering Spotify already has over 40 million paying customers and Apple almost half that. Personally I've been using Apple Music the past few weeks, but I'm probably gonna go back to Spotify since it seems like a half-assed version of it to me.

So how do you guys listen to your music? Anyone planning on giving Amazon a shot?

ft.com/content/5d0f5152-9086-11e6-a72e-b428cb934b78">Amazon launches music streaming service

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Oct 15, 2016 - 7:48pm

I download my music using soulseek and utorrent. Also, all these big companies aren't really helping new artists or bands.
If you think about it, there are lots of artists on bandcamp or soundcloud that are amazing but simply have to rely on word of mouth and social media to get known.

Until one of these companies can provide a global platform where anyone can upload their music(following certain rules e.g audio quality and no hate speech promotion) and consumers don't face restraints( e.g can't have access to music from Japan while i'm in the UK) then they aren't really pushing the industry forward.

 
Oct 20, 2016 - 2:27pm

Unrelated but good god I hated being in Austin around ACL because everybody would either a) talk about some band that everyone had heard of like they were the only one that's heard of them or b) would talk about some random band that's in the really smart print on that year's ACL poster and try to be a hipster for a week.

I swear a few years ago I was talking to someone and they were like "have you ever heard of this awesome band called M83?" And I was like "Ya, they've been around like 10 years, I saw them with the Killers." So I'm not a big music guy so if I know them, they're well known. Anyways, the person goes on and is all "No, I don't think so. They're pretty new, it must be someone else, these guys are from Europe or something." I just walked away at that point. Had a similar experience another time regarding Kings of Leon, and about punched them.

To the topic at hand, ya, stealing music is a) illegal and b) technically taking money from the artists so, last time I checked, that's probably going to hurt those artists.

 
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Oct 15, 2016 - 8:30pm

I primarily use Spotify, just because it used to have the largest library (not sure if still the case). I tried Amazon not too long ago, but wasn't impressed. I used Apple Music, which I think is fine but not as good as Spotify. Tidal has by far the best quality if you go with the lossless membership but that's just too expensive to pay solely for a better quality. 320kbs usually suffices as you can't really hear the difference between that and lossless anyway unless you're listening over a high end system.

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Oct 19, 2016 - 4:21am

I've tried All four (Spotify, Tidal, Amazon & Apple) and i've come to the conclusion that Apple suits me best. Not only because of its appealing student prices (half price) but they seem to have contracts with the artists I like, thus, exclusive releases.
Obviously Tidal provides the best quality, but as other posts also highlights, the price is simply too high compared to the value added. I did not like Tidals's interface either.

 
Oct 19, 2016 - 5:31am

I always use Amazon. I found their products are too good. Don't know about, but still i am using Amazon.

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Oct 19, 2016 - 10:22am

Spotify and Soundcloud for EDM remixes that haven't hit spotify yet. Massive library, friends are on it so we make collaborative playlists, and i love the Discovery Weekly playlist. They also have a huge podcast library. Easily the best $10 i spend a month. I would cancel netflix before i canceled spotify. It also bothers me that the other companies try and sign exclusive deals with artists to win users.

 
Oct 19, 2016 - 1:33pm

1) Amazon has had a streaming service long before Apple did, it just wasn't an add on product it was part of prime.
2) You are severely discounting the overall strength of the Prime ecosystem.
3) If people actually knew how streaming services were shafting artists they would be horrified, take for example Spotify the revenue split that they have with artists that are on the platform at first glance seems somewhat fairly weighted. It isn't until you look at the actual split the artists get once the record label gets involved do you realize that most artists are getting screwed. I read that the average revenue split that ends up in the artists pocket ranges from 2% to 7%. Don't kid yourself thinking that these streaming services are ways that artists make money. It is merely advertising, hoping that if they tour they will have more people come to their concerts.

Reminds me of the late 90's with Napster, the fucking idiots at the record labels were going after people downloading music and paying no attention to their actual bottom lines. They were bitching about loosing money because people were stealing music. If any of them bothered to actually look at sales during that period they would have discovered that sales of music had never been higher and never would be higher ever again because they went on a campaign of harassing their customers over what was basically nothing.

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Oct 20, 2016 - 11:08am

The average revenue split for CDs is more like 60/40 in favor of the label. Now the band doesn't get all of that 40%, they have to pay producers, track mixers, etc. In the end the band members might end up with 8% - 10% of the sales price. The difference with streaming is that the band still has to pay all of those other people out of the few percent they get on the revenue cut.

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Oct 20, 2016 - 12:34pm

This is ridiculous comparation! I never really use spotify and Amazon! I barely could imagine Amazon went into streaming music sector. And I was amazed about why Amazon's stock price is like 800 per share! That is really ridiculous. Besides, I heard Amazon report they barely have revenue, their tax report is like zero! How this huge giant become so huge?

I don't understand why spotify is under the options category. Apple certainly as the head of world technology development. I would be very happy to see how they gonna grow to cover everything! like a shadow of spaceship coving the whole earth! That feeling.... So friendly!

Personally, I would encourage spotify go for some creative products, FOR streaming music is just music. No much development.

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Oct 20, 2016 - 1:51pm

Amazon Music -- I've had Prime for a number of years and Amazon has offered it to Prime members for a while now.

The app is a little buggy (or, perhaps, it's the wifi in my gym) but on the whole it suits my purpose.,,and is included in something I already pay for, eliminating another monthly expense.

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Oct 20, 2016 - 1:56pm

I've gone between Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon Prime. Amazon is what I currently use, they've done some recent app updates that really make it a great system in my opinion. Pandora just kills me with not being able to pick what I listen to. Spotify is good and bad, I've had some issues with a clunky UI that would just take a while to load. So I switched mainly to Amazon as I've had less issues. But that could have just been my phone at the time.

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