Is the free Spotify any good?

I guess it depends on your tastes. Spotify is severly lacking in lesser know black/death metal bands in my experience.

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I guess if they don’t have certain labels that specialise in a genre of music you like then that can be pretty much a deal breaker - see that totally.

I’ve used it for a couple of years now it and it does a job, being able to upload (I think) 10,000 of your own songs to stream anywhere is nice as well but the interface is a looking a bit tired now. They don’t seem to be developing it much anymore as I think there’s rumours it’ll switch to Youtube Music soon which I find pretty terrible to use so will see what happens.

The recommendations and playlists are surprisingly shit too considering how much Google must know about me and my listening habits, but just for doing the basics it’s not so bad.

was just reading about pandora and that seemed pretty good so was about to sign up for that

not available in the UK is it. sake.

what’s the best spotify alternative then?

Tidal is the most like spotify in terms of interface (good spotify) interface) and find the app very reliable.
And yes the libraries are basically identical

Obviously they’re evil but if you can live with that Amazon music unlimited might be worth a look - i think you can get the first 4 months for 99p a month and they also do some really cheap plans with certain restrictions.

I think @plasticniki has used both Spotify and Google in her time.

Personally used the Google Music desktop device to upload most of my music into the cloud so I use the Play Music app to grab stuff I own. But my wife bought a Spotify sub and then it became clear that unless we actually wanted to buy all these transiently loved Disney albums and pop singles we have zero interest in that our daughter wants, we’d need to up it to a family Spotify sub.

All I will say is the Google interface makes way more sense to me but I am used to WinAmp on my machine. Spotify’s system is still opaque to me: I can try to play next but maybe this means a whole album starting in the middle of the current one and other times not. With Google you get the normal options that tell you whether you’re starting a new queue of music, interrupting the current album or playing this after the current one. At least, I was rarely as surprised by what was playing next.

OTOH I think Spotify has a slightly clearer playlisting option on desktop maybe?

Even though I managed to revert to pre-update I’m increasingly convinced that the maximum sound quality has gotten worse in the last few months. This might be the straw that breaks my camel’s back, going to sample Tidal and see.

Noticed at the weekend that this latest update has removed the ability to edit the contents of a folder on mobile - which gave you one-touch options to download / undownload playlists, and gave you an easy way to delete playlists too.

So now if you want to download multiple playlists you have to do each one individually, with the slider on the playlist. And then removing them individually gives you a warning prompt that they won’t be available offline. A duh.

So annoying!