iOS/Android: Spotify works great for music sharing and third-party plugins. Apple Music works great for offline play. So I juggle both. It feels a bit like shared custody, but it’s a lot easier thanks to the mobile apps SongShift and Stamp, which efficiently move playlists from one service to the other.
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Thanks to the rise of music streaming services, it's never been easier to find new music -- so why do I keep listening to the same three albums on repeat?
The announcement of Apple's music bumpin' HomePod means you might be reconsidering which streaming service you use. To be honest, going from one to another might not be that big of a leap. Most streaming services do share a variety of similarities. They work on whatever smartphone you own, usually support streaming to speakers through Airplay or Google Cast, and its premium service lets you stream music on-demand and save it for offline listening.
Of course, not all music services are created equal. What might work with your Sonos may not play nice with your Amazon Echo, and what your upcoming HomePod will play isn't exactly third-party software.
Android/iOS: Pandora announced Pandora Premium today, the long awaited music subscription service from the streaming radio giant. Like Spotify, Google Play Music and Apple Music, Pandora Premium is $US10 ($13) a month, features thousands of streaming songs, and works pretty much the same as all the other services you're already using.
The proper use of secure internet protocols is a subject you want major sites to take seriously. So you can imagine how disappointed Google software engineer Eric Lawrence was when he discovered Pandora was not only inconsistent with its use of HTTP over TLS (better known as HTTPS) but its service department didn't seem to care.
Back in March, Pandora raised its prices and did away with annual subscriptions. Now the service is bringing them back, due to popular demand.
Google's Australian launch of its Play Music All Access Streaming service means that there's a new round of competition about to begin for subscription music streaming. What's on offer, how much does it cost and which platforms does it support? We've rounded up all the options available in Australia.