Google Play or Spotify

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ggibson913, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Hey guys,

    I am currently the owner of an ATT Galaxy S5. About a year ago I switched to streaming music services and picked spotify. I regularly listen to music on my phone, through earphones, car, BT speakers and Sonos.

    One thing I hate about Android is Bloatware, I have Google Play Music on my phone regardless of what I do and was wondering if it is worth while switching it to Google Play. How is Music discovery? I had a free trial awhile back but didn't fully explore. Any thoughts?
  2. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I switched a couple of years ago, but only because I have a library already in GPM of about 2200 songs, mixed will all access.

    However, I think Spotify is easier to use, and streams more reliable with slower data connections. The interface for Google play music is terrible, and the discovery is not all that great. Unless you have a library in GPM, I think Spotify is overall better, but the two are close where you can't go wrong either way.
  3. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    I use Google because of the $7.99 promotion... otherwise I'd probably consider Spotify. Uploading music and chromecast support are pretty big features too, though, so maybe not.
  4. Chodite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
  5. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Google play all access for me. I've been using it since the month it came out. And the fact that you can upload an insane amount of music makes it an easy choice for me.
  6. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Spotify for me. With a .edu address I get 4.99 a month price.
  7. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    I switched to Google purely because of the cheaper promotion price, both have the music I want so I don't have a preference.
  8. abshole765 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    I use the free version of Google Play. I've tried countless streaming music apps (Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, Beats, Apple Radio, etc.) and no matter what, I continuously heard the same songs over and over & it did nothing but irritate me.
  9. Cnasty macrumors 68030


    Jul 2, 2008
    Used both extensively and love the Spotify program on Mac that sets it apart in the ease and functionality of playlists and ease of use.

    Big Spotify fan.
  10. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    I currently use Google Play All Access because I received 6 months free All Access when I bought a Sonos speaker a few months ago.

    However, I have used Spotify extensively in the past and overall I do prefer Spotify. The main reason is I like the social and discovery aspects of Spotify which are better than with with Google Play. One specific discovery related thing I like is that that there are loads of Spotify playlists over the web curated by music journalists/publications and radio stations.

    Once my All Access promotion ends I expect I'll be switching back to Spotify as my paid streaming service. I will still use Google Play as a player for my own personal library when needed.

    One feature on Google Play that I prefer over Spotify is that it's able to cast music direct to Sonos, bypassing the Sonos controller app. But I don't think this will be enough to prevent me returning to Spotify.
  11. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    I did google for a few months, then i tried spotify. I ended up liking spotify more
  12. bmt134 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2012
  13. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Been using Google Play All Access for a while now and have absolutely no complaints. I tried the free and trial period for all the other music streaming services, but none persuaded me to make a switch.

    Nowadays I mostly stream remixes and unsigned from Soundcloud.
  14. Chodite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    If Google Music would let me import all of my Spotify playlists (I have A LOT), I would switch.
  15. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2011
  16. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    I have both. I got free spotify with my mobile carrier contract. However I subscribed to google play when they had the cheaper deal and i use it and let a relative use my spotify account. I much prefer google play music all round tbh.
  17. FortWorthMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    the parched earth of North Texas
    Been using both and paying for both. But just today I canceled my Spotify account. Both are really good but since one can upload one's entire library to GPM and it keeps it synced with iTunes I decided I only needed one pay service and stuck with GPM. I'm sure I'll still use the free portions of Spotify.
  18. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Going to say Spotify, my experience is Google Play just drains battery quicker then any other app I have see to date.
  19. TechGod macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    I would go for All Access because it is built in but Spotify seems to have more of the artists I follow.
  20. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
  21. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    I noticed that as soon as I signed up for google unlimited, I was unable to found a lot of my regular stuff.

    Ministry of Sound, Burial and so on ... so whilst you have unlimited access, I wonder if some stuff is "hidden" due to licensing issues - and I couldn't find the option to still buy it so I cancelled it again.
  22. burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    I used both, however the updated Samsung Milk music app is what I use now for streaming. Try it out on your S5
  23. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Google Play Music is continually improving, absolutely LOVE it.
  24. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
  25. Fanaticalism macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2013
    I just cancelled Spotify after using it for some time now. When I got my Nexus they offered me 6 months free so I ran them side by side to see which I preferred. GPM integration into android made it a no brainer for me coupled with the fact that you have access to music videos, ability to play YT in the background and my integration of my existing library, not to mention the visual overhaul is very nice.

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