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« on: July 30, 2013, 03:30:17 PM »

I've been bouncing back and forth between Slacker and Pandora.  It seems like Slacker has more of a library, but the app has been crashing my browser as of late.   What do you guys do?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 03:39:18 PM »

Pandora, but I haven't really looked hard at alternatives
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 03:40:44 PM »

I use slacker on my phone all the time.  There was an update maybe a week or 2 ago, I dont have any problem with it crashing.  I agree with you that it seems to have a much better library.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 03:48:29 PM »

I just have all of my music uploaded to Google Music and stream from that.  I have 562 albums apparently, and that is usually enough of a mix for me.

When I do use an internet radio, I go with Pandora since they do a pretty good job of finding like music.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2013, 04:07:17 PM »

I like Pandora enough to subscribe to Pandora One.

I'm an old fuddy duddy enough to have never heard of Slacker.  I'll have to check it out since a lot of my favorite Pandora stations are cycling through the same content enough to feel more like albums than radio stations.
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2013, 04:12:42 PM »

Spotify since their US launch.  Haven't purchased an album since.
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2013, 04:34:01 PM »

1.  Pandora
2.  Spotify (free because I'm a cheap bastard)
3.  subsonic when I want to stream something from my personal library while at work or on my phone
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2013, 04:46:01 PM »

occasionally Spotify or Pandora, but I've got so many MP3's I usually just fire up iTunes and listen to those.
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 05:17:37 PM »

Rdio. Higher bitrate than Spotify, and a selection that is more suited to me. Desktop and mobile apps are both great
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2013, 07:46:15 PM »

MOG. I've tried them all and found it has the best library (for me) and a nice clean UI on the iphone. High bit rate streams/downloads as well.
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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2013, 07:47:37 PM »

Spotify for me.
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2013, 07:59:30 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 30, 2013, 03:48:29 PM

I just have all of my music uploaded to Google Music and stream from that.  I have 562 albums apparently, and that is usually enough of a mix for me.

When I do use an internet radio, I go with Pandora since they do a pretty good job of finding like music.

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I've been on Spotify Premium for a little over 6 months now and really like the service. The audio quality is excellent for a streaming service, and their music library is broad enough that I never have trouble finding good music. In fact, there are very few occassions at this point that I can't find an album or artist when I search, and new releases hit the service quickly enough that I rarely buy music any more.
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2013, 08:08:13 PM »

Giving Slacker a shot based on this thread and am pretty impressed thus far.  Might switch from Spotify.
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2013, 08:20:51 PM »

Is Slacker a kind of music warehouse "play that song you want" like Spotify or is it a music finder "I want songs like this" type thing like Pandora?
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2013, 08:34:55 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on July 30, 2013, 08:20:51 PM

Is Slacker a kind of music warehouse "play that song you want" like Spotify or is it a music finder "I want songs like this" type thing like Pandora?

Both, apparently.  Which is why it's so appealing to me.

Edit: Though it depends on the subscription level you are at.
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2013, 04:08:46 AM »

Spotify Premium for months and haven't looked elsewhere.


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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2013, 05:12:05 AM »

Spotify Premium, I need to switch from Sprint though since it drops a lot just driving around.
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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2013, 05:59:59 AM »

Slacker subscriber here (the $3 a month one, which means no ads and the ability to download to device play but that's about it).

Basically gives me and my coworkers a lot of music to listen to whenever I'm there.
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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2013, 06:18:26 PM »

I've used MOG and Spotify paid subscriptions, and everything from last.fm to Pandora for years, for "free".

My latest favorite (much preferred over Pandora since those ads drive me nuts) is Songza.  Whereas Pandora uses an algorithm based on musical qualities to suggest music you would like, Songza is a curated based list player.  But you can still type in an artist you like, and it will show you all the lists available that include music for that artist.

Really love the service, and I use it whenever I'm not listening to my own collection, or if I just want to find some new stuff (which it excels at).

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« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2013, 06:24:10 PM »

Either my own MP3 collection or Spotify. 
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2013, 06:46:02 PM »

fired up Spotify for the first time in awhile.  looks like they got more music biggrin
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« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2013, 07:34:17 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on July 30, 2013, 04:07:17 PM

I like Pandora enough to subscribe to Pandora One.

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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2013, 07:55:15 PM »

Spotify and Pandora, if I had to just use one it would be Spotify.
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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2013, 08:18:12 PM »

Spotify, spottily. I look forward to iTunes Radio.
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« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2013, 09:02:11 PM »

Work vs. Home:

Download (kb/s)   66876
Upload (kb/s)   66386
Latency (ms)   50

Download (kb/s)   1149   
Upload (kb/s)   659   
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« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2013, 09:05:59 PM »

I think you may have posted that in the wrong thread, Enough.  smile
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« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2013, 09:09:10 PM »

Quote from: Enough on August 26, 2013, 09:02:11 PM

Work vs. Home:

Download (kb/s)   66876
Upload (kb/s)   66386
Latency (ms)   50

Download (kb/s)   1149   
Upload (kb/s)   659   
Latency (ms)   102

Wow, does my DSL connection suck or what?


Apparently my thread management skills suck also, I didn't even have this thread open (so I thought).  Gah, I need Calgon to take me away.   icon_confused
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« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2013, 09:17:15 PM »

Work:

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Upload: 47.35 Mb/s

Latency: 40 ms
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« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2013, 09:19:03 PM »

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 26, 2013, 09:17:15 PM

Work:

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« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2013, 10:21:28 PM »

I hit <<next>> thinking it went to the next page, and had the same confusion... I'm suspecting it took me (and others) to the next thread? /shrug

In any case, I've been using Spotify pretty exclusively at home and work. Can't believe I got the app installed at work, but for wahtever reason, it's functional. Some of the radio stations have been surprisingly good. Haven't tried Pandora in awhile, but might fire it up to see how it's doing these days.

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« Reply #31 on: August 26, 2013, 10:49:50 PM »

I went with Amazon Prime... $24.99/year, upload 250k songs, autorip any Amazon cd's you've bought.
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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2013, 11:07:18 PM »

Quote from: Pyperkub on August 26, 2013, 10:49:50 PM

I went with Amazon Prime... $24.99/year, upload 250k songs, autorip any Amazon cd's you've bought.

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« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2013, 11:21:27 PM »

I'm thinking of cloudifying my music collection via Google Music.  Is their scan and match process pretty effective?  I don't want to spend days uploading my collection.
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« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2013, 12:09:28 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 26, 2013, 11:07:18 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on August 26, 2013, 10:49:50 PM

I went with Amazon Prime... $24.99/year, upload 250k songs, autorip any Amazon cd's you've bought.

This was me, too. 

I love the Aereo court decision that made these cloud services possible...
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« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2013, 01:02:44 AM »

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« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2013, 07:59:42 PM »

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on August 26, 2013, 11:21:27 PM

I'm thinking of cloudifying my music collection via Google Music.  Is their scan and match process pretty effective?  I don't want to spend days uploading my collection.

I started to do this with mine, but stopped about halfway since I decided to go with Amazon.  So now I have about half my stuff on Google (free of course), and all of my stuff on Amazon, with a paid yearly sub.

I'm right now in the ridiculously tedious process of ripping the remainder of my CD collection, and it's chugging along (though my upload speed is extremely slow). 

The last time I checked, I believe Amazon's catalog was bigger than Google's, but those numbers seem to constantly change.

I don't think either service (on the uploading side) is the bee's knees, and both could use a lot of UI work IMO, even after multiple updates.  One very good thing about Amazon's upload is that after you do a batch, it tells you how many songs were matched, how many weren't, and WHY they weren't matched, on a screen that you can then select from to perform other actions.  Google was not as transparent in this regard, and it took a lot more effort to know if something was actually uploaded, and/or matched successfully or not.

One thing NEITHER has that they both need desperately, is a de-dupe function, which I think iTunes Match has.    It has been a big PITA with my library for some reason, as I had literally dozens of albums that were on my hard drive twice for some reason.  Big mess.

Depending on the size of your collection of course, you will probably spend a couple days uploading no matter which one you pick.

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« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2013, 09:49:08 PM »

Thanks for the reply and the info.  I buy all of my music from Amazon mp3 these days, but my collection also includes stuff bought from emusic and some rips from my own CDs.  I doubt I would buy anything from Google unless it was a must-have that for some reason Amazon did not offer.  I'm just wondering whether Google's free cloud service is "good enough" vs. having to pay Amazon.  Plus, my Android phone is a starting to get a little cramped for app space, so I'd rather get by with the already-there Google Play Music app rather than having to install the Amazon mp3 app as well.
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« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2013, 03:17:03 AM »

There are tons of pros and cons of both, but at least you don't have to try and decide which one will be around and which one won't.  Those two aren't going anywhere for a loooong time.

If you are already in the Google ecosystem, I would be tempted to go that route, because FREE! but also because it just gels better with the native apps (the one I had to use on iOS to play my Google music was pretty clunky, but it was third party).

Also, and the biggest reason for me to partially use Google, is because they are 320kbps centric, and Amazon is only 256.   Yeah, I know, when you're streaming, you are already compressing AGAIN, a compressed format, but since that's the case, and maybe ESPECIALLY, shouldn't it be as high as feasible to try and make up for the compression already there?   And if you are streaming to phone, then sending the music via BT to a portable device, even MORE compression.  Ugh.

I love where we are at technologically, and logistically speaking, in terms of what you can do, and just how amazingly accessible music is now, whether your own, or streaming services, but man have we seriously taken it up the butt WRT sound quality as a result. 




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« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2013, 07:01:21 PM »

I guess it won't hurt just to try Google and see how it does.  None of these services actually change the mp3 files on your PC in any way, do they?

The reason I'm finally pursuing this project is that I got a neat little Logitech portable speaker for Christmas last year that has bluetooth.  I've just been using it with my trusty Sandisk Clip mp3 player plugged in the aux port, but I would prefer to have access to my entire collection via streaming through my phone or tablet (once I finally get around to buying one).
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