Creative Close-Up: Conclusion of Music Streaming

February 23 / 16

Morning! Did everybody enjoy their weekend? I did…in fact, mine was pretty long and it looks like it will come to an end (boo!). Well, it was good while it lasted.

You guys remember when I was talking about music streaming? Well, I’m putting a bit more cents into this. Now we know that all music streaming services have their pros and cons.

Here’s the load down about each….

Apple Music: 3 1/2 stars. The good thing about Apple Music is the sound. It’s clear and crisp, just as I like it. The price of paying $9.99 a month is not that bad. The only thing that bugs me is that my original iTunes Library has been messed with. When you upload your the cds you’ve bought and spent time to build your library up and then to have changed around is frustrating. Then there is iTunes Match which you would have to pay $24.99 per year is a bit much and to be honest, I really don’t want to do that…..yet.

Spotify 4 stars: Again, it’s all about the sound and Spotify has that. If you want to listen to your music without ads, it’s $9.99. The only thing that irks me is that when you listen to the Spotify app on your phone, don’t expect to listen to the whole album or the songs in order. Again, you would have to pay $9.99 for that.

Tidal 3 stars: Lots of talk about this service. Some like it, some hate it. Well I did give it a try with the free trial, but then I cancelled it. For Tidal Premium it’s $9.99. If I want the Hi Fi, lossless High Fidelity sound quality, the high-definition music videos….$19.99. Of course for if you want the value plan for Premium it’s $8.49, Hi Fi is $16.99…6 months pre-paid for both. For the Family Plan if it’s you and 4 people for Hi Fi, you going to start coughing up $59.95 a month…almost $60! Maybe it’s just me, but Tidal seems downright greedy. I’ll just pass on all of it.

Groove Music for Microsoft: Don’t know…..I haven’t tried Groove Music Pass. Not sure if I want to. The music I downloaded from my cds have been saved on my laptop and moved over to Groove Music, which means I can listen to them, but the sound quality can be better.

Like I said, there is always the positive and negative things about these and other music streaming services, but at the end of the day, we choose the one we think is best for us. I’ll just stick with Apple for the time being.







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