Instead of shopping around for a streaming service that will ultimately disappoint you, why not cut out the middleman and start using a music library you actually own? Advantages such as uninterrupted music, increased portability, and increased longevity of the hardware you actually use make it worth the cost of a few albums.
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Although vinyl seems to be making a hipster-generated comeback, that old CD collection is nearing obsoletion. The rise and rise of music streaming services might be destroying physical media sales, but man, it makes my life super easy. Spotify, Apple Music... Pandora? Which streaming service is the best?
Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas, taken from Twitter users, my colleagues at Lifehacker's publisher Gizmodo Media Group, and some of my own habits. Some are obvious, some bizarre, some embarrassing, but they have all helped people find their new favourite song, or even their favourite band.
Your Discover Weekly probably doesn't suck - the feature is so popular that it's the subject of long glowing profiles on tech blogs and business blogs. Spotify even built an ad campaign out of users tweeting how much they love the feature. Each week, every active Spotify user gets a new list of 30 tracks, and over half of them find a new favourite. But depending on your Spotify habits, it is possible to get a garbage Discover Weekly. Here's what's happening and how to fix it.
While the mixtape is long gone, you still might be looking for a new way to share your latest weekend mix with your coworkers, or stay connected to friends across the country by jamming out to your favourite songs together. Now you can use JQBX to share playlists, vote on songs, and lend your musical taste to everyone with a Spotify account.
Music streaming is the future, apparently, which means the digital download had a bright and brief existence - lasting from the end of the 1990s to (presumably) the end of the 2010s. But before you erase all your carefully collected MP3s from the disk and close down the iTunes Store for the last time, we've got some very good reasons why you shouldn't.
Writer Grace Spelman collects songs like they're Legos, in a meticulously sorted tackle box. She has over 20 Spotify playlists that trace a specific concept, like False Starts/False Endings, 2000s Dialogue Opening and her magnum opus, Songs for Short Attention Spans, which includes over 200 songs that "totally switch up in the middle". Learn more about her hobby in her video interview with The Outline, above.
For a horror soundtrack, Stranger Things 2 feels very... productive. The rhythmic synths don't evoke a Lovecraftian monster so much as a gently churning supercomputer. This makes for a great soundtrack to your work day. Cue it up on Spotify and get in the zone.
Last week, Google announced a slew of new products, from a pair of Google Home voice assistant variants to the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Those new voice assistants, such as the $79 Google Home Mini and the $US399 ($514) Google Home Max, make music playback throughout the home simple -- so you're going to want to hook up to a music streaming service. Google Play wants to be the streaming service of choice for all Google devices. With added features designed to entice Google Home, Chromecast and Android users, here's why it's worth your consideration over other services such as Spotify.
If you're one of the few using Microsoft's Groove Music app and Groove Music Pass streaming service, bad news: The company's discontinuing both Groove Music Pass subscriptions as well as the ability to stream, purchase or download music with the Groove Music app at year's end. Instead, Microsoft is partnering with Spotify, and letting users move select Groove Music content to the streaming service.
Nothing is secret on the internet -- we know this. We get Facebook ads for shoes we look at on ASOS and Instagram ads for products we mention on Facebook. The eyes and algorithms are everywhere. Sometimes it's creepy, sure. But today it's great, because it means that everyone has a perfect, beautiful Spotify playlist of the songs we loved in high school.