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spotify or Amazon unlimited

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by nicknack35, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. nicknack35

    Wise Guy

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    Morning all what is everybody using on there Alexa. I can get a good deal on a Spotify account for my Alexa in the kitchen but some say Rain forrest unlimited is better i was going to get Amazon prime which does give me one of there Music services and i do order a bit off the Rain forrest but i dont know if i can justify paying for prime cause i wouldn't use there TV side or movie side of things on it
     
  2. Marsman

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    Better how? Quality or selection?
     
  3. nicknack35

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    Both really
     
  4. Timber

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    I've recently switched from Amazon Music Unlimited to Spotify Premium.

    Amazon is meant to have a bigger library, but I wouldn't necessarily call it better. Amazon Music Unlimited is only £7.99 vs £9.99 if you are a Prime customer. Also I think the Windows client is nicer. And includes lyrics as well.

    That said Spotify has apps on PS4 and Xbox One where you play music in the background, Spotify connect to easily swap devices, the ability to remote control your music on another device, social integration with Discord etc. And of course the ability to easily play other people's playlists.

    Although the discount is nice with Amazon Music Unlimited I really like the other features with Spotify. Quality was the same.
     
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  5. lltfdaniel

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    For us amazon alexa has replaced the hi fi in our house as it get used alot more.

    We only use amazon music unlimited which i think is £7.99 a month or £9.99 a month but my next door neighbours only pay £4 a month for music unlimited on their alexa and we do not know how to get the same you see.
     
  6. nicknack35

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    From what i see the £4 month one is only for 1 echo device i do believe
     
  7. Raggs

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  8. Timber

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    ^ That PC Mag link above has the prices in US, and doesn't mention bitrates.

    Personally I'd make the decision on factors other than quality given the similarity between the two streaming services; i.e. saving £2 a month, or being able to play music in the background on Xbox One/PS4 etc. Both work well with Alexa - something I didn't mention in my first reply.

    However according to Amazon's pages on Amazon Music they have some 256kbps VBR files in their library: http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/tech...apple-music-which-is-the-best-music-streaming

    From Amazon's own support pages
     
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  9. Mr Plow

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    Yep that's right, it's £3.99 but you can only listen on that one device so you can't listen to music on the app or website.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=11368385031
     
  10. Howling

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    Does no one else use Google Play Music then? I don't use Amazon or Spotify so I can't compare - be interesting to see why it's not been included for discussion though
     
  11. Rroff

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    I find Spotify hit and miss quality wise - some tracks are sparkling with sharp detail others are a mussy mess and obviously been compressed at least twice before they get to you - even if they are being streamed to you are a higher bitrate.
     
  12. TheVoice

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    I prefer Spotify, I tried Play Music for a bit when they were providing 3 month trials and didn't get along with it at all. I'm used to the app and the service as I use it to listen to my own music that's backed up to it, but as a subscription service it's poor.