Spotify vs Google Play Music

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So you are a music enthusiast but all these streaming services are perplexing.

Here we have a look at Spotify and Google Music and compare the disparities between them including quality, what’s on offer, features and apps.

Available on Multiple Platforms

Now a days most of us have more than one device or computer and want to be able to access their music in numerous ways. This is one of the biggest benefits of Spotify. Spotify is available on many different platforms, including mobile, desktop and separate streaming devices. You can have Spotify on Android, iOS and Windows Mobile, as well as on Windows, Apple OS and Linux desktop systems. Spotify provides more platform choice than the competition, allowing you quicker access to your Spotify library irrespective of what platform you are using.

In contrast, Google Play Music is much more restricted. It is only available for download on Android or iOS. To access Google Play on your desktop computer, you have to sign-up via your web browser, there is no desktop version available. Google Play is meant for you mobile device, whereas Spotify can be accessed on all devices.

Quality and Quantity

Both of the apps will give you a streaming at 320 kbps. To get higher rate you can opt for the monthly subscription. Spotify has a library of 20 million songs available to stream. It has 20,000 added each day. Keep in mind that most of these songs have never been heard so although Google Music features less songs, they have some good quality music.

Offline Access

Spotify and Google Play Music will permit you with some customized options, like it allows you to create play-lists of your favourite music. Spotify is particular has an easy search function that permits you to find songs you like and save them to your play-lists. Spotify’s software will also suggest songs for you based on the choice of songs.

Google Play and Spotify are pretty much similar in the playlists section. They both permit you to create personalized playlists. Both Google Play and Spotify will make your streaming experience pleasurable.

Backup

The USP of Google Music is the ability to upload your current music. You can backup up to 20,000 tracks which show up with your streaming content.

Spotify does allow offline listening but it is restricted, you can download up to 3,333 tracks to each device and stay offline for up to 30 days. Spotify proposes a parallel feature to Google Music in which you can play local files.

Summary

It is very difficult to choose between Spotify and Google Music with both proposing a high quality streaming service. If you are not too keen to spend money then go for Spotify with its outstanding ad-supported service and if you want to own great albums you really need to have Google Music.

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by techtalks @TechTalks November 2, 2015 12:51 PM UTC
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