We have all become familiar with music streaming apps, creating playlists, sharing music, listening to radio and enjoying tens of millions of songs across Spotify, Apple Music and more. But which music streaming service is best for you? What features do you need and what are the different offerings you can get from premium subscriptions? How long is the free trial, and what perks can you get? Which is cheaper, and how can you get a special rate when you subscribe? Here are the best streaming services around, from Amazon Music Unlimited to Deezer, and the pros and cons of the best apps and sites out there: The best music streaming services compared 1. Apple Music £9.99 per month, Apple Apple Music gives listeners access to 45 million songs and premium sounding music. It also comes with a three month free trial on most iPhones, meaning its user base has picked up significantly to around 56 million subscribers. Apple Music can stream at 256kbps AAC. In terms … [Read more...] about The best music streaming services: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music and Amazon Music compared
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Opinion post byC. Scott Brown When Google Play Music first rolled around, it was like my prayers had been answered: a music streaming service that allowed me to upload my own content and stream it anywhere for free. No longer would I have to lug around a dedicated MP3 player or figure out a way to cram just my most favorite albums onto my phone’s SD card.Granted, there were plenty of compromises. Although Google Play Music allowed you to upload tracks with 320kbps bitrates, you didn’t have the choice to stream at that quality on cellular networks until 2017, for example. The organization of your albums and playlists was pretty limited, and the overall design of the app and its companion desktop interface weren’t the greatest (orange… orange everywhere).But hey, it was totally free, so how could I complain? Then, the telltale signs of Google abandoning Google Play Music started to surface. First, there were few updates to the functions and features of the service … [Read more...] about I ditched Google Play Music for my own Plex server: The good and the bad
Tiny Power Superior sound While it doesn't sound quite as good as the HomePod and doesn't fill a room in the same way, the Sonos One is an excellent speaker, and great in a wireless stereo pair. It's cheaper than the HomePod by $150 and has Alexa integration built in, even if it's only available in a handful of countries. Thanks to AirPlay 2, the Sonos One is also compatible with Siri through your iPhone or iPad and can play audio as part of a whole-home sound system with other AirPlay 2 speakers. $199 at Amazon Pros Excellent sound Less expensive than the HomePod Supports Alexa for music playback and home automation AirPlay 2 support Can stereo pair with another Sonos One Cons Sound only plays in one direction Sound doesn't fill a room like HomePod Alexa only available in a handful of regions Apple set out to create a great speaker with the HomePod, and that's exactly what they did, with this small speaker producing great sound far above its weight class. An AirPlay 2 … [Read more...] about Sonos One vs. HomePod: Which should you buy?
What’s next for headphones? It may seem like a moot question. Surely we just want better audio, comfier cans, and better value across the board. Is there anything a pair of headphones could do that could actually change the way we listen to music?At the premium end of the headphones market, often what distinguishes models comes down to styling or brand loyalty – anyone can spot your Beats Studio 3 headphones at about 50 paces – as much as slight variations in what frequencies are drawn out of your tracks.It’s rare that you find a line of headphones offering a fundamentally different user experience, but that’s exactly what Funky Sound is aiming to do. The French audio startup, founded by its CEO Arnaud Perret, has rethought the relationship between audio hardware and the inputs played through it. So what is Funky Sound’s Debussy range going to do differently?A prélude to something differentThe products in the Debussy audio range are described as … [Read more...] about The future of headphones: touchscreen displays and integrated streaming
Tidal has always had a fair amount of hi-resolution audio tracks but, starting today, the service’s library of studio-quality music now numbers in the millions, thanks to its growing library of MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) tracks.If you’ve never heard of the format before, MQA is an audio codec developed by Meridian Audio that supports studio-quality audio (96 kHz/24 bit). That’s a little better than the service’s CD-quality tracks on the service, which were a bedrock for the service when it launched in 2015, but topped out at 44.1 kHz/16 bit. Tidal started adding MQA audio starting back in January 2017 and, since then, the number of tracks has grown from around 30,000 to more than 1 million.That said, if you want to check out the massive catalog of music for yourself, you’ll need to be a Tidal HiFi subscriber and use Tidal’s desktop app ... which disqualifies folks who are used to using Tidal’s mobile app or those who like paying … [Read more...] about Tidal’s hi-res MQA music library crosses the 1 million mark