10 things that have changed in music streaming

Are you a solid music streamer? Yes? I doubt you noticed these things happening in the music streaming industry lately. Oh! You do? Wow, then you must be more than just a music streamer. I think you deserve an award.

image of music streaming on a smartphone
music streaming on a smartphone

LOL. If you have been streaming music lately (either with your internet enabled devices or enjoying them using great sounding wireless speakers or other portable devices), then you probably are used to these changes, updates and happenings in the music streaming industry lately.

As they say, the only constant thing in life is change.

If on the other hand you do not know, then this is a great avenue to get a grip of what has changed and what is happening in the music streaming industry lately..

1. Spotify’s New look

If you haven’t tried Spotify recently, then it’s time for another look. The app has been completely redesigned with a new black theme and a much easier to use layout that enables you to build a library of your favorite albums instead of putting them all in playlists. –theverge–

2. [Spotify] Radio to go

Spotify also now supports free users in its mobile app, as do most other streaming services. These are always in the form of a radio service, ad-supported and offering a random selection of tracks. You can normally skip tracks a limited number of times per hour.

3. Scrobble to Last.fm

If you are a user of Last.fm to track what you listen to and find new artists, then Spotify is the only app with support built in. If you use another service such as Play Music, then get Simple Last.fm Scrobbler from the Play store. Simple Last.fm Scrobbler (Play Store)

4. Apps within apps

No doubt, Apps are becoming an increasingly important part of streaming services. They are usually limited to use on a desktop but Deezer also enables you to add them in the mobile app, including things like lyrics from TuneWiki. | Deezer – Songs & Music Player (Play Store)

5. Xbox integration

If you’re an Xbox user then it may make sense for you to try out the Xbox Music app for your streaming needs. It gives you access to your music selection on a variety of devices including the Xbox and Windows 8 computers.

6. Local files in Google Music

To combine streaming with local files (To fill those Beatles-sized gaps) Google Play Music is the best app to use. You can automatically upload all your local music to the cloud for free and it combines seamlessly with All Access if you are a subscriber

7. Amazon auto-rips

I know you are asking yourself right now “Has Amazon started music streaming?” the answer is NO; Amazon does not yet have a full streaming music service, but it does offer cloud music. You can upload your library of tracks, and Amazon will also automatically place a copy of every CD you have bought from them into your cloud storage too.

8. Lossless streaming

I know you are familiar with the heavy players in the industry already, but; when seeking out your ideal music streaming service, it is worth going beyond the most obvious names. There’s a growing list of services, each with their own strengths, including Qobuz, which offers streaming of music in a lossless format for true audiophiles.

9. Device-specific services

Most of the big manufacturers are starting to provide their own streaming services. We recommend using those that are available multi-platform, to avoid being tied into a particular company.

10. Bargain deals

Look out for good deals when signing up. Many new companies will offer a lower rate to early subscribers, while the likes of Spotify and Rdio offer student offers with rates up to 50% lower than the norm.
| Rdio On (Play Store)

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