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Comparing Spotify with other music streaming services (Google Music Manager, Deezer, Napster, Blinkbox Music, Rdio, Sony Music unlimited)

Comparing Spotify with other music streaming services (Google Music Manager, Deezer, Napster, Blinkbox Music, Rdio, Sony Music unlimited)
Spotify giveaway: We give for free a 3 month Premium Spotify access. Just leave your comment in this post mentioning your favourite artist and why you love music. Best answers win!  We will send you the premium code.

Spotify is one of the best music streaming services, based in the UK. It has more than 20 million songs, one of the biggest catalogues and it is available on Android devices. It can stream at 96Kbps, 160Kbps and 320Kbps and you can save playlists for offline listening. That will save you a lot of bandwidth and this is one of the best features of this app. The long catalogue of Spotify gives you a lot of options but the Beatles and Led Zeppelin are missing.

Why choose Spotify: save playlists and music offline, large catalogue

Why reject Spotify: not available in your country, you are the Beatles fan

Spotify over Google Music Manager

+ It has 18 milions songs, this is a big catalogue as well

Google Music Manager limits your library to 20.000 songs. (this is 1150CDs, some users (including me) have more CDs at their home.

 Limited Google Plus integration, you can’t follow what people are listening to.

+ I like the Explore button, Google has access to all my profiles, searches etc, so the app can suggest me great songs.

The quality at 320Kbps is great but not as good as Sony’s AAC.

+ As a Google service, it is great for Android devices)

Spotify over Deezer

+ Big music catalogue of 25 million songs available in 182 different countries

You need to have a paid plan to get the 320Kbps quality streaming

+ You can sign in with Facebook and get access to full tracks for free

Beatles and Led Zeppelin are not here either

+ The best Spotify alternative

Spotify over Napster

Smaller than other apps with 15 million songs

+ Cheaper than Spotify

+ Great sound quality

More sophisticated choices of music

+ Option to listen offline

Spotify over Blinkbox Music

+ It is free

Radio only service, you cannot create playlists

+ You can create stations based on your favourite artists

Sometimes the quality is not as good as in other services

+ Savvy selection based on the choices you make

+ Great for discovering new tracks and artists

Not available in all countries

Spotify over Rdio

+ Built from the guys behind Kazaa and Skype, they know what they are doing

+ A lot of music choices: 20 million songs and a lot of radio stations

Compressed sound with lower bitrate audible with high end headphones

+ Facebook integration

+ Great community

Not available in all countries

Spotify over Sony Music unlimited

+ Great sound at 320Kbps with high quality AAC audio format

Great for Sony devices

Bad quality for offline listening (48Kbps)

+ Big database of 20 million songs

Limited social integration


  1. Rene Jaune  /  September 30, 2013, 10:32 am

    I love Jimmy Hendrix, music is my oxygen, this is why I woke up in the morning, to listen to notes.

    • Simon Koss  /  September 30, 2013, 10:33 am

      thanks! you are the first! And what a reply! So we sent you one of the 3 month Premium Spotify access codes!

  2. Kevin sanders  /  September 30, 2013, 10:49 am

    Tom Petty. There’s a song tied to almost every child hood memory and every time I hear that song it takes me back in time!

    • Simon Koss  /  September 30, 2013, 3:48 pm

      which one? Runnin’ Down A Dream?

      • Kevin sanders  /  September 30, 2013, 5:09 pm

        The Waiting….. Lol

  3. Stephen  /  September 30, 2013, 11:14 am

    Currently I’m really diggin’ Drake. He’s such a cool gent. I literally can’t function without music. I have a soundtrack for almost any occasion. One needs to be ready when they’re an entertainer.

    • Simon Koss  /  September 30, 2013, 3:47 pm

      “Started from the bottom”, that’s where we started… 🙂

  4. Liam Ren  /  September 30, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Prodigy is my favourite group, I am a fan all these years… So Music for the Jilted Generation, because I feel Jilted…

    • Simon Koss  /  September 30, 2013, 3:47 pm

      feeling jilted?! I just sent you one of the Premium Spotify access code to feel better! Prodigy rocks but Breathe is my favourite

  5. Sam  /  October 1, 2013, 7:29 am

    Music is the best. Music is the most important thing there is for us to enjoy here.
    My favorite song could be The Doors – When The Music’s Over, and I never get tired of hearing this epicue track from Jim.

  6. Mike  /  October 1, 2013, 8:30 am

    Spotify is my number one choice. Only other service I use is torch music for video playlists. And, When The Music’s Over is an amazing song, one of my favorites by the Doors!

    • Simon Koss  /  October 4, 2013, 3:04 pm

      Thank you Mike! You won a 3 month Premium Spotify access too!

  7. Mikko  /  October 17, 2013, 10:15 am

    I’ve been using Xbox Music for sometime now, before that I used Deezer and before that I used Rdio. But propably going to move back to Spotify sometime soon. Spotify was my first streaming service and I still feel like I am missing it sometimes. Xbox Music is great, but I feel it’s apps are quite messy on every platform, I require simplicity and its important for me that when I search for a song on mobile, I just can press the “star” button on it, and it will be listed on “starred” list. That is a feature which is on Spotify.

    Btw, How can you win that 3 month of spotify premium??

    • Simon Koss  /  October 18, 2013, 8:33 am

      Hi Mikko! We already gave all available Spotify premium gifts we had. Stay tuned for more give aways.

      Spotify is great and we also like Napster. They are simple and you can use them in a lot of platforms. So give them a try for free before paying an account.

  8. jyp  /  October 25, 2013, 7:08 am

    Bored with time consuming playlists creation, desperatly seeking the ultimate music “intelligent” service : Spotify?

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