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With Google Play Music All Access coming to more and more countries around the world (though obviously still not all of them), Google is expanding the reach of its all-you-can-eat music platform into regions where services like Spotify reign supreme. Listening to music on your smartphone (or tablet) is probably an activity all of us partake in, too, so I'm curious to know what kind of services our readers actually like enough to pay for.

As such, this week's question is simple. I've tried to include a pretty comprehensive list of the paid services out there, but if you can't find yours, just select "other" and explain in the comments. If you subscribe to more than one service, select the one you use most often. If you're just using a locker service - something like Amazon Cloud or Google Play Music without an All Access subscription - the second to last option in the list is for you. Finally, if you only use free music streaming services, see the last choice. There are a lot of options, so read carefully, and get voting!

Do you pay for a subscription music service you use on your Android device, if so, which one do you use the most?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Derek Traini

    Managed to get the deal around I/O that was All Access for $8/month and have not looked back!

    • Timothy Bennett

      Same here.

    • Wazzifer

      Same boat.

    • Christofftofferson

      Shame the deal was £8 here.
      $8 is good (so is $10)

      • Promethean

        I used a proxy to sign up when it was US only, still carried on when it was released in the UK so I still get it for $7.99/mo (£4.89)

        • usaff22

          How did you add a card with a UK address and use it for US Google Services? Thought it was country restricted.

          • Promethean

            I was surprised it worked tbh, but I used my proper credit card but made up a US address/phone number with a legit zip code and it accepted it.

          • usaff22

            Hmm. I wonder if I can do the same with Google Wallet? Really want to be able to send money via Gmail.

          • Guest

            You need an SSN for Wallet money sending.

        • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

          I did the same in South Africa. Happy as all hell!

          • Dean Boltman

            Will you share with me what VPN service you used to get All Access Google Services here in SA?

          • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

            Hi Dean... I used STRONGVPN for a long time, and then discovered a MUCH better one called Private Internet Access. They're at http://privateinternetaccess.com. I found them via an email from the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF). It's around $40 a year, and you can have something like 5 devices connected at the same time. With StrongVPN, you can only have one device connected at a time, which means only one person can listen to music or watch Netflix at any given time. Chat to me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/royblumenthal, and I can give you better info on what's required.

      • Bendichi

        I managed to jump on the 8 dollar deal from I/O with my norwegian Visa using an american billing address that has nothing to do with my visa card. Still working great! You might be able to get the 10 dollar deal yourself.

      • Matthew Fry

        Well, one would imagine that licensing deals would differ for different regions so maybe it's more expensive in the UK. Still sucks though. At least, I can hope. Foreigners really get the shaft on US based online services almost universally.

    • baza58

      Not bad. I have it for $6/month.

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        No you don't. $7.99/mo is as low as it's gone.

        • baza58

          You are wrong. It was the starting deal in my country. It's like $6.50/month.

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            OhISeeWhatYouDidThere... but currency conversion doesn't count. 'merika :)

          • usaff22

            I got it for £7.99 in the UK, which is 13 US Dollars, more than the current price in the US and WAY more than the introductory offer :/

          • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

            and now it costs $16.34 in UK hence why i won't give Google any of my money for their music services... such rip off, and no desktop app? to hell with that.

          • Gabernasher

            It's called a browser. It runs on your desktop.

          • googledude

            What if I, say, want to pause the music or skip tracks via my bluetooth headset, instead of opening the browser, fumbling my way to the tab that's playing music, and click pause? A tiny, first-party desktop app would be GREAT for this.

          • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

            Pretty sure if it was the tab open if you hover over the browser on the taskbar it gives you back, pause, and next options.

          • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

            There's a chrome extension that does something like that. Haven't investigated that much, cos I generally use my Note 2, streaming to a Bluetooth receiver in my hifi.

          • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

            Definitely not a rip-off, even at twice that price. It's a world-changer.

          • Marcell Lévai

            For me it was something like $7.50 :)

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell


      I'd pay more for a "Family Share" option though, so music libraries don't have to be duplicated/temp-merged and uploaded twice.

      • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

        pardon my naiveness but what advantages does on-line music streaming has over Music in Local media, beside just saving the storage space ?

        • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

          I use Google Play Music All Access. It lets me find music I don't have, and also create an automatic playlist around a particular song if I like it.

          So, say I'm reading a music review in a good music magazine like MOJO, UNCUT, or Q. And I see an album rated as five stars. I just head for my GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC app, search, find the album, and play it. I can add it to my library of I like it, and I can also download all of the tracks to my device.

          The automatic radio function is also amazing. It creates mini 'radio stations' for you, based on music you've listened to or liked. So it adds music you don't have in your collection, and expands your listening horizons.

          I'm finding it to be one of the MOST exciting times in my music-listening life.

          • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

            Thanks for the awesome explanation , you pretty much elaborate it very finely , thanks for the reply :) I'm convinced now that Google Play Music is much better choice :)

          • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

            Hehehehe! Absolute pleasure, dude. I was boasting about it to an acquaintance. And he said, 'Oh, Apple is also doing that. I've got that on my iPhone.'

          • DirkBelig

            ^^ This.

            The best part of these all-you-can-eat music services is that for a reasonable monthly fee you can have immediate access to a lot of what's out there - whether the latest pop hit or some obscure indie act you heard about - without the risk of the FBI kicking down your door because you wanted to see what the big deal about Mylie Cyrus' Bangerz album was. o_O

            My g/f and I went to see the David Bowie exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. She's a HUGE Bowie fan whereas I realized that I knew his singles, but hadn't really listened to many of his ALBUMS. Thanks to Play All-Access, I've been crash-coursing on his entire catalog.

            Using the Explore feature the other day I discovered Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones had just released an album of Everly Brothers covers. While looking up Damone on Wikipedia, I discovered Noelle, the singer, had started a new project and it was on PAA, ready for me to download and listen to. And so on...

            However, music licensing garbage hampers their utility. Puffy Amiyumi only has two albums available and they can drop in and out of availability as I discovered when changing phones and downloading my Spotify albums only to discover they'd gone away. Kim Wilde's MCA albums (Teases & Dares; Another Step) aren't available meaning the album with her biggest hit ("You Keep Me Hanging On") can't be listened to. It gets even sketchier with indie music as my band's label's catalog is on Spotify, but not Google Play at the moment. (Their old distributor hooked them up with a lot of digital services like iTunes et al.)

            Google Play All-Access needs to add the ability to download offline copies to computers as well. (i.e. not just mobile devices) I had to DJ an event and rather than risk the venue's wifi failing, I reactivated my Spotify account to ensure I had my core set on hand.

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            Ah, cool, thanks for the Norah Jones cover mention. My wife's into her. I hadn't poked around the new releases section in a while.

          • Matthew Kaufman

            See, what you explained here is exactly what Spotify and Rdio do, and they did it first. I've been using Rdio for years now and when Google Play Music All Access came along I jumped on because I'm always wanting ways to completely Googlefy my life.

            However after going through what it offered I saw that nothing was different. What I had with Rdio for years was just getting to Google and in my opinion Rdio looked better, was way easier to navigate, had more music options and music exclusives, and offered me more in regards to additional subscription deals when I added friends and family. Whenever I'm on Google Music I feel like "BUY THIS ALBUM"!!! is thrown in my face as if Google cares more about the sales than giving me an awesome cloud based music service.

            I know the little guys like Rdio actually won't be around for too long and I'll have to switch services singer or later, but what does Google Play Music All Access have right now that is different and better enough to make a die hard Googler switch services?

          • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

            Hi Matthew... being in South Africa, I've basically been deprived of things like Spotify and Rdio. I've only recently (last year or so) started using a vpn to get around regional controls. So for me All Access on Google is shiny and new and amazing. (Think of the rural hick seeing the big city fit the first time.)

            Regarding the whole 'buy this album' thing from Google....

            I figure there are two things going on...

            1. They haven't entirely gotten their heads round All Access, so their systems are still assuming they're in a 'sell this' ecosystem. I reckon they'll finesse that before too long.

            2. The artists need to get paid for me listening to their work. So I'm assuming that Google tallies all the listens every month, and does some sort of revenue split with the artists who got listened to. This probably isn't a vast amount of money. So every now and then, if I discover a great album using All Access, I hit the 'buy' button even though I've already got it in my library. Sort of a way of saying to the artist, 'This has value for me.'

            In an ideal world, Google will hit a critical mass of listeners such that artists will be able to make a living off the revenue split. As I see it, only Amazon, iTunes, and Google have the reach to make that model work. And of those three, my money's on Google.

            So while their current offering doesn't match the others, it more than likely will do so in time. Currently, I use the default Google Play Music interface much of the time. But I sometimes use POWER AMP, just cos the controls are so much better.

        • Roger Siegenthaler

          Well, @royblumenthal:disqus explained very well why using all access is much better but your question in my opinion was directed to using a cloud-locker service (google music without all access)...

          In that case the only "benefit" besides saving local storage space is that you can access your music from everywhere. Of course there's more benefits such as data security, etc. etc.

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          Google Music All Access has a HUGE catalog of stuff to stream, but not everything (like Metalica and Greenday) so you still have to augment it with uploads from your own local library. It'd just be nice if there was a "Family Share" option so you could share the same upload pool PLUS All Access with a select few people.

    • Gabernasher

      I did for one payment (2 months) then had to cut back on expenses since my wife is preggers. I have several thousand songs loaded so I'm good.

    • Alex James Simon

      Me to, I've been using it since the day it came out.

    • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

      what advantages does on-line music streaming has over Music in Local media, beside just saving the storage space ?

      • hocestquisumus

        For me it's that it lets me discover new music. With local, I made a dir with stuff I like and would listen to the same stuff all the time. Now, not so much and I have already found great new tunes from artists I had never heard of before. Sure, there are other ways to do just that but it's just more convenient that way. Those 8 euros a month won't kill me, especially when I take the time it took me to find, sort and store stuff.

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Same here. I had Spotify Premium until Google announced All Access at I/O. I signed up for All Access as soon as it was live on the Google Play website, and I haven't looked back. I cancelled Spotify within about 3 hours and have no regrets about it whatsoever. Plus, you can't beat $8/mo!

  • beboo

    all of them aren't available to my country :(

    • Franco Rossel

      Know that feel.

    • Ashed

      Neither are they in my country. Although All Access is pretty easy to sign up for through VPN. I've been using it since they offered it for $8.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    I would... and I will, the minute Google Play Music is available in my country.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Unfortunately since I live in a third world country I'm forced to "yarr harr" music.

    • Grimmjow

      Why do you use 'unfortunately'?

      • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

        Because I wish I could support my favourite artists.

        • hocestquisumus

          Go to concerts, buy merchandise... there are many ways to support them. They don't make a whole lot of money from streaming services anyway.

  • Ryan

    I store my files locally on my phone, better playback in case I lose 4G reception on my phone. Though I have considered Google's method for Country music maybe, but I listen to Japanese anime stuff frequently.

  • Michael Ta

    Regretting that I didn't jump the gun earlier. $10/month isn't bad though.

  • fritzo

    All Access has been great for me, seems pointless to download torrents of new music anymore. $8 or even $10 a month is totally worth what you get with All Access. Spotify is not bad either.

  • Tim242

    Slacker Plus. Unlimited skips, no ads, $4/month. Can't be beat.

  • Dee

    My 80.00 phone has a micro sd card slot. I have a 64gb card filled with music on it. My phone plan is a $10 voice & text plan. Why would I pay for a data plan or be constantly searching for a wi-fi signal for something as elementary as music. My other options with this phone are to use the FM radio that it has, or find a wi-fi signal and download free music off-line music that is available to me from the manufacturer of the phone.

    • Sam Hollis

      Not to go all class warfare on you, but some people who can spare the change find the added convenience and features worth the cost.

    • Gabernasher

      You are poor, let me give you a cookie for dinner tonight. You can feel better about yourself then. Go away. You are a fucking tool.

    • GigiAUT

      That works...if you have just one device. I got tired of downloading playlists to all my devices and having 5 copies of the same music across multiple gadgets. Now laptops, tablets, phones, tv stick and whatever else share a library packed with my music in the cloud and everything in the all access library. And if you really want to take music on the road, you can save music for offline access.

    • lljktechnogeek

      Generally, a data plan can be used for multiple purposes, not just downloading/streaming music.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    I am still paying for that old Zune (now Xbox Music) deal -- the one that gives you 10 free songs each month, plus streaming. Reasons? My sons love owning the songs they really like, instead of just subscribing to a streaming service.

  • Godspoken

    GPMAA of course! Switches from paid Spotify the day it came out. Had some issues at first but it's the best now.

  • Giingee

    I pay £5 a month for Spotify premium (student discount) will continue with them until they stop this then I will reassess which is better between them and Google.

  • Willie D

    Definitely pay for Google All Access, but I use TuneIn Radio Premium for free (paid for the app) and Digitally Imported as backup.

  • Zech Zimmerman

    All Access all the way for $8mo... I've got terrible cellular coverage in my area so being able to save to my device is a must.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    This poll needs the ability to select more than one. I pay for Spotify, All Access, and Digitally Imported.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Multiple choice?! Do we have the technology?
      edit: btw, I meant to ask yesterday: What's the name of that app you had in your article yesterday that overlayed network downstream/upstream rates in the upper-right corner of the screen?

    • navjot

      Why both Spotify and All Access?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I got Spotify first and really liked its selection and interface, got used to it, accumulated multiple playlists. Then All Access came along with its discount, so I got that too to compare.

        Turns out, I like both because they both have very different recommendation algorithms and (to a lesser degree) different selection. Plus, my wife and I share Spotify membership, so when we both end up listening at the same time, Spotify kicks me off, and I jump on All Access for a while.

        I do wish there was a way to keep playlists in sync though.

        • navjot

          I've been meaning to try this out but apparently this program transfers your spotify playlists to google music. I have some pretty big spotify playlists that I haven't gotten around to setting up on all access so I might try this out over the holidays.


          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Thanks. Since most of my playlists are in Spotify, I'd actually want it the other way around so that I can get whatever I like in All Access to automatically get sucked into Spotify.

      • Gabernasher

        AP pays him too much.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    damn i figured google play would be fighting to be on the top. i figured more ppl use spotify or some other stupid app. thats all i see when i go on fb.

    • miri

      Well, there's your problem: You're on Facebook.

    • Gabernasher

      You seem to forget this is a site full or Android / Google fans, the poll is not a FOXnews survey.

  • deltatux

    With extremely expensive data costs in Canada, media streaming is a very expensive proposition.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107214144202094295079/posts James

      Should have jumped on with a loyalty plan before the 2 year contracts started.

    • Peter Oliver

      You can download music through Google Play Music for offline playback while you are on WiFi.

    • Aaron T.

      I sync music offline to my phone with Deezer.

      I really hate Canadian carriers, too. I got a great deal with Deezer while traveling in Thailand (prepaid): $15 for 1.2GB of HSPA+ data (unlimited 3G if you go over the 1.2 GB cap) and unlimited Deezer streaming, and continued my Deezer sub when I got back.

  • gr227

    I use the free google music for playing my music and pandora for streaming music when I want to hear something I normally wouldn't listen to. I am not sure why anyone would pay for All Access or some other service. What do you get out of paying for something that is free?

    • Doctrsnoop

      100% control of playlist on All Access and/or unlimited skips

      • gr227

        I can see that... I guess. Not worth paying for for me but if you see value in that, its all good.

    • Gabernasher

      To listen to music you don't own?

  • Amien

    Signed up for Google Music some days ago.. lol less songs then Deezer and Spotify together. Then their UI is so terribly slow and ugly. Switching tabs in the browser pauses the music for some seconds. If I use Deezer (my favorite) I can have 200 tabs open, and switch 200 times.

    PS: Am using Deezer since 8 months, did not pay a penny and am using it for more than 20 hours a month. Free of advertising. No idea why people so love Google's crappy and slow music service.

    • Promethean

      You must be doing something wrong, I've been using Google All Access for a while, can play music and switch tabs flawlessly. If switching tabs in your browser causes it to pause for a few seconds then you have a shit PC.

    • Gabernasher

      200 tabs? How do you even know what you have open or why?

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    I don't think streaming is a nice thing for me because 3G sucks in Brazil (both speed-wise and price-wise) so it wouldn't make sense. Plus I like to own my songs.

    • Gabernasher

      upvote to offset the senseless downvote.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Oh why thank you :)

  • BillygotTalent

    Not yet, but I will test Gmusic All access this month and see if it is worth it. Gotta test out if 2gb data flat are enough for streaming music a whole month.

    • Sam Hollis

      You can pin music to your device too.

    • MrGalione973

      If you like 320kb streaming you'll eat that up very fast, but if you play it on WiFi... It caches and plays from the device. And now from the SD

  • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

    I really like the app integration (Pitchfork, lyrics...) and the social aspects (much easier to share songs with someone, collaborative playlists etc.) of Spotify but being able to upload your own stuff when it's not available in the online catalogue makes Google Play Music invincible for me. A non-brainer, really.

    I just wish it had a desktop client like Spotify. Chrome is already a resource hog, and playing music through the web interface pushes my poor PC to its limits sometimes.

    • Ivan Myring

      I agree one hundred percent

    • motoridersd

      Agreed! I'm also pissed at Spotify because after all these years they still have not fixed the handling of notifications. I hate that it pauses the music instead of lowering the volume like it should.

  • JPB

    Google Play Music All Access - worst name ever. But I love it, especially when paired with grandfathered unlimited data plan.

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  • blackdave

    Google Play All Access for 6.50$ .. (promo action in Czech R.) before Google play was available in Czech R. I was using rdio though.. and their player is / was slightly better.. remote control feature is awesome in their player...

  • David Margolin

    looks like slacker radio is.... slackin ;)

  • Marcell Lévai

    The only available paid service here in Hungary besides Deezer (which in my opinion is not-so-good) is Google Play Music All Access, so I don't really have a choice. By the way, I really like it :)

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Local media. For a lot of bands I use bandcamp. quite a big amount of music i listen to wont be on those media services anyways, so there is little point to pay a subscription for the service which i won't be using.

    Not to mention the mobile data (that i don't have) I will be using with that, I would need to upscale my carrier subscription quite a bit. Completely destroying the reason why I had that carrier in the first place.

  • Gmoney2024

    Google play for $7 is the best! And now with saving to my SD card possible its even better!

    • MrGalione973

      I was waiting for that without root for the longest, and I'm glad it finally came...

  • _jliu

    I switched from a Spotify subscription to All Access when it was $8.00/month, and I have to say I prefer All Access. The Android app is much more intuitive and fast, you can save music, and it's cheaper! I've seen some people who've said that the Google Play Music App was slow, but it's been working flawlessly for me. The only thing I wish All Access has is a dedicated desktop app like Spotify, but using Chrome is still fine.

  • http://benignthoughts.com/ Louis C.

    I use All Access. Google Music had me hooked back when only provided streaming of songs that you own (I had a rather large iTunes and ALAC rip collection from my iPod days), so All Access was a no brainer. I'm not one to pirate music, so I save a lot of money just paying the $8/month and being able to access anything I can think of.

    • double1

      But what's the difference between this and youtube? Whenever I want to hear i song i just use youtube, I understand play music works with the screen off but that can't justify $10 a month to me. Not trolling, serious question.

      • enoch861

        Sound quality is better and then there's always the song that you can't find on YouTube for some reason.
        Also, Playlists are easier to create and maintain. It's like a normal music app. YouTube is mainly for videos and it just doesn't cut it for music.

      • http://benignthoughts.com/ Louis C.

        Sound quality, and the Google Play Music app for Android is fantastic.

        • John Petersen

          Not on HTC One. Side-by-side at the highest quality settings, Spotify blows Google Play out of the water for sound quality. Even on PC, Spotify is noticeably better. Google Play is more compressed and loses a lot more frequency range.

          • http://benignthoughts.com/ Louis C.

            Then use Spotify. I was comparing it to YouTube.

            Google Play Music All Access on high sounds great in my opinion, and I have access to my own uploaded music library as well. Spotify doesn't let you upload your own music to stream, it can only play local music or their music.

      • squiddy20

        Besides the reasons already listed, another I can think of is the difference in data usage (depending on audio quality settings). Most audio formats take up less bandwidth than video. With Youtube, you're receiving audio AND video. Even if the "video" is nothing more than a picture with audio, it still more than likely takes more bandwidth than audio alone. This in itself is better for people with data caps or slow download speeds.

      • wolfkabal

        So would you seriously continue to search YouTube while driving, or walking to continually play music? Maybe it's because I was never into youtube, but using it for music seems somewhat asinine, especially when there are so many other MUSIC services out there (free at that too).

    • MrGalione973

      Yeah I like that myself

  • Wynnded

    I'm using Last.fm

    • lee jun-hoe

      I was using last.fm too, but switched to google yesterday. Too many bugs. The desktop client for some reason always crashes or "run out of song" if i choose a radio. And no it's not a problem with my library because I've been listening for a while and using the web client is ok. Only my "mixed radio" seems fine.

      But for some reason, it has now become like a top 40 station that plays repetition. Any song I liked is now played every single time I play my mixed radio, and again within 2-3 hours. Also, all the songs that I liked previously don't seem to get played anymore. And for some reason, last.fm keeps pushing all the latino artist to me just because I like English pop music. The same few latino artiste when I've already banned almost every single song from those artiste (e.g. almost 30 songs from 1 artiste). In that case what's the point of banning?

      If last.fm can iron out these bugs, then I might consider switching back. 3.00 euro/month is a good deal, and I already have quite a scrobble profile there that was build up over a few years.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    I got All Access for $8 at I/O as well, but decided I didn't really need since I didn't use it very much.

  • Victor Zhao

    There needs to be an option that says "None of the paid streaming services listed above are available in my country"

    • Primalxconvoy

      This is why "Jango" rocks.

  • 萨夫 侯赛因

    I missed out on the introductory offer.. No way in hell would I pay 9.99 for this.. If they lowered the price to that 7.99 sweet spot again? Not only would I join up but it would also migrate others to the service from rivals Rdio & Spotify.

    • MrGalione973

      An extra $2,is too much?

      At least to my knowledge it allows you to play from the same subscription on multiple devices where as spotify only let's you play one device at a time...

      • 萨夫 侯赛因

        For me yes I'd say it is when compared to other services.. I just feel music subscriptions should not cost that much - look at Netflix for example! Sure different media but the same medium.. If Netflix cost more people would much rather pirate movies & TV shows.. Anyways like I said if Google fancy hitting that 7.99 sweet spot again I'd sign up instantly.

        • MrGalione973

          Oh I agree, I didn't mean anything by the extra $2, because I decided to cancel my Netflix account for the same $8 streaming cost... And since my mom uses hers more and pays for it, I just leach off of her... Hehe

          • 萨夫 侯赛因

            Lol.. I didn't mean it to sound defensive or anything either! I just figured I'm paying for my cellphone, broadband, satellite, cable, utilities, Xbox Live, PSN+, Netflix.. Do I really wanna fork out another 9.99? Google needs to make it seem more attractive on two fronts - features + price! If undercutting both Spotify & Rdio by a couple of bucks get me to sign up I wonder how many others can also be swayed!

          • MrGalione973

            You did .00001%
            Lol. I kid, but I agree with you 1000000%

  • http://canerk.com/ Caner Kamburoglu

    I'm very happy with Spotify. It has better app than Play Music and Premium subscription is just 10TRY, which is $5.

  • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

    I have to stay on Spotify cause I use Offline Cache from my laptop very heavily.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    thePiratebay.sx :/

    • Wazzifer

      Maynard would be so disappointed in you.

      • Mehmet Fatih

        Maynard, Akerfeldt, Wilson.. they all hate me :(

  • Mike Reid

    Other: I don't listen to music much anymore, but when I do it's via "old fashioned" FM radio or Youtube. Local media files rarely.

    • Wazzifer

      How do you live....

  • VyktorJonas

    Yes, iTunes Match, but there isn't this option, so...

    • Guest

      Not sure you're aware of what website you're on. Why would he ask if you use an iOS exclusive on a site full of Android users?

  • Lasse

    I only use YouTube, because there's a lot of electronic music that you can't find other places. I also like the music videoes. I download all my saved YouTube songs with a single click and save it in my Google drive folder, so if I want to listen to it on my phone, I just find the music in Google Drive. Here in Denmark, we don't have access to Play Music, but it can still be accessed with some tricks. So today actually, I downloaded Google Music and set it to automatically upload my music from my Google Drive folder, so I can stream it instead. So that's how I do, lol.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Me too. As I live abroad, I gave up trying to keep up with my home country's charts (region blocks etc) and I now find out about dance tunes from YouTube, soundcloud, radio 1 (via an internet radio app) videogames and adverts that use dance music. HD music videos are great!

      I mainly listen to mp3's, though.

  • atlouiedog

    I won a contest for a year of Rdio and have been happy with it. I like that I can store music from my subscription for offline listening rather than eat into my data plan or worry about having service, as I do spend some time in areas with none. I also like that I can seamlessly move between the app on different devices and the web player at the press of a button. The app was a laggy POS when I first got it, but now runs very well and it works great as a remote for playing on another device.

    • MrGalione973

      You can cache your GPMAA music to your SD card now, for extra greatness

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  • Adrian

    Google the best!

  • Joel Lockey

    As much as I'd love to subscribe to Google Play All Access here in the UK students (me) get spotify half price so only £4.99 a month.

  • h_f_m

    I buy mostly from amazon mp3 and switch up music off my nas from time to time. Use amazon cloud player once in a while but mostly due to only listening to music on the subway for the most part just store locally. I listen to many podcasts as well.

  • Kurt Wurmser

    I got Google Play Music All Access for $8 a month when it kicked off. I'm pretty happy with it -- it's come up with a few bands I love, and I like most of what it's got. Before that I had Slacker Plus, which worked well enough but didn't let me choose tracks.

  • Mado

    Spotify, because 1) It is one of the only that are available in my country (it almost looks like the record labels here REALLY wants us to pirate media); and 2) they got a deal with my carrier so that I only need to pay ~$3 USD per month on top of the usual monthly plan.

    As for the other Googly stuffs, other than buying apps, we only got Google Play Books here.

  • Steve King

    I signed up when launched at Google IO and never been happier

  • David Spivey

    I go the REALLY cheap route. I don't pay for Spotify, but I use Audials TuneBite to record from it. I am not an audiophile, so the mp3s Audials creates are quite good enough for me when I'm offline. I then upload and use these legally-aquired mp3s on Google Play Music. It doesn't allow me to pick a song I've never recorded and play it on my phones and tablets, but it's worth the extra recording time to save the money. Google then uses its cloud to match my lower-quality mp3s with higher quality versions on their server, and plays 320kbps versions when I want them.

    • Wazzifer

      Hate to break it to you buddy, but you're stealing in broad daylight.

      • MrGalione973

        Lol yeah it might not LOOK like pirating, but it's definitely not legal... You're using the recording of others material and uploading it as yours... I like it. But, not legal lol...

      • David Spivey

        Oh, really? Tell me that again next time you use your vcr or dvr to record from your cable package or free-to-air television station. It's the same thing. The music comes to me free with advertising, just like over the air tv comes free with advertising. Recording one is no less or more legal than recording another.

        Edit: spelling

        • Wazzifer

          First of all, it's not the same. Second of all, I do not own a VCR nor a DVR. You're stealing. You are recording off of Spotify. I'm pretty sure their terms and services do not allow you to use their material outside of the way they intended for you to consume it. Might as well save yourself the trouble and download via torrents just like the rest of us. If you think your approach is more "moral" than pirating music, you're dead wrong.

          • David Spivey

            Regardless of whether you prefer to villanize others for doing things you don't personally condone, the law is clear. It has been legal since 1984 to record for personal use (betamax case decision by the supreme court). I imagine, based on the fact that you do not own such a recorder, that you also look at others who record videos as stealing as well. Nonetheless, the truth is that people who record videos or music (whether it be from radio, TV, cable or otherwise) are within their legal rights.

            I am unsure where you get the idea that recording from Spotify is different than recording (for example) an FM radio station. By legal definition, Spotify and Pandora -are- radio stations. They had to get FCC regulatory approval to -be- a radio station. This is one of the reasons their music is even available advertising supported. If they were not considered a radio station by the law, the advertising-supported model would not be available to consumers. This also means that they abide by the same FCC rules as radio station. One of these rules is that they cannot prevent access to their content based on the fact that someone may record it. In this case, the FCC regulations, federal law and state laws are in force above their EULA (if indeed the EULA specifies not to record their content, which I have not seen).

          • Wazzifer

            "Spotify respects intellectual property rights and expects you to do the same. This means, for example, that the following is not permitted: (a) Copying, reproducing, “ripping”, recording, or making available to the public any part of the Spotify Services or content delivered to you via the Spotify Services, or otherwise any making use of the Spotify Service which is not expressly permitted under these Terms; (b) using the Spotify service to import or copy any local files you do not have the legal right to import or copy in this way; (c) reverse-engineering, decompiling, disassembling, modification or creating derivative works based on the Spotify Services or any part thereof; (d) circumventing any technology used by Spotify, its licensors, or any third party to protect content accessible through the Service; (e) renting or leasing of any part of the Services; (f) circumventing of any territorial restrictions applied by Spotify; (g) artificially increasing play count or otherwise manipulating the Services by using a script or other automated process; (h) removing or altering any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property notices contained on or provided through the Spotify Service; (i) providing your password to any other person or using any other person’s user name and password."

            You can stop now.

  • browngeek

    While I much prefer Google Play on the Android, Spotify Premium in HK is only US$6 a month and covers more platforms. So at the end of Spotify won the day for me, even though their Android app is just so so.

  • Andi

    I use Grooveshark but pay for it. I did it because it was the cheapest. However, with the conversion rate it's currently £5.80 which I think I can get cheaper elsewhere.

  • dude

    I buy physical CDs, rip it, and sync it to Google Music. The only time I buy music digitally is if I can't get it in physical form or it's cost too much due to rarity.

    • MrGalione973

      See I used to do that until I started pirating music, but I'm at the 20k max for uploads, so I just add stuff to my library from all access and listen there

  • ej_knight

    got the rdio student deall for 4.99 a month. cant beat it.

  • xnifex

    I actually just cancelled my all access subscription since I wasn't using it.

  • Stas

    I'd use All Access but it's not available here in Canada yet :(

  • Sean Royce

    I'm sure I'm the only honest one that'll admit I pirate all my music.

    • J

      Me too brother, me too

    • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

      Sometimes I just wanna be lazy though :P Hence the Google Play Music.
      Now if all the movies/tv people would just add all their crap to Netflix immediately I could cut back there too.

  • raynie

    i use qq music

  • http://twitter.com/JorgeBranco_aus Jorge Branco

    I'm on my free trial of GPMAA (It's even a terrible acronym)

    Previously I used MOG because it offered unfettered streaming on my carrier, Telstra in Australia.

    It is one of the worst apps I've used, unintuitive and super buggy. But the free streaming is just about worth it.

    I'm going to find it pretty impossible to move away from google though. The app is beautiful

  • Ugalde97

    I want, but I can't (Latin America)

  • Bazar6

    Local media or SiriusXM (other)

  • Sootie

    Free Pandora in Australia still hasn't bothered to actually put adds in, as soon as they start I will start paying for it but for the last year or so it has been add free and still is. How they make any money is a mystery to me

  • selonmoi

    I use the one service that's available in Canada: Rdio.

    If and when Google launches it here, I'll switch to Play Music All Access in a flash. I'd love to be able to play music from the subscription service and a personal locker in the same app, and stream it all to my Chromecast.

  • Craig Nelson

    I like spotify but I use Amazon mostly to download my music. I just haven't committed to paying monthly to a streaming service unless they get down to at least $3 bucks

  • Jadephyre

    Apart from the occassional use of TuneIn Radio, all my music comes from local sources.

  • Cesar

    Mine's a mixture of locally stored music and free music streaming through Pandora. I don't mind the ads much.

  • Aravind J Nampoothiry

    None of them are available in India. So,VIVE LES PIRATES

  • Daniel

    I was using All access since I had the $8 deal here but I recently got the PS4 and have since switched to the Music Unlimited service. I don't like it as much (it requires way more bandwith to stream high quality audio and seems like the app doesn't handle streaming as well on android) but the ability to have it running on my PS4 while gaming from the same set of speakers is nice. Especially when playing resogun.

  • Vankog

    How could you possibly forget about it?

  • Daniel

    Unfornately Google Play Music All Access is not available where I live, so I have to settle for Spotify.

  • quick

    Wow I'm surprised percentage for Rdio is so low. Rdio is better than spotify (except bitrates).

    Anyway I've tried them all but I'm using Google Play Music All Access @ $7.99.. and have no plans to change anytime soon.

  • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

    exactly how could you forget Last.fm ! and what advantages does on-line music streaming has over Music in Local media, beside just saving the storage space ?

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    No I use local media because its better and I can access my music anytime I want without having to pay a stupid monthly fee.

  • Roger Siegenthaler

    Sorry, spotify just killed the competition in Switzerland with their Orange partnership, unlimited spotify streaming with 1GB LTE data and unlimited calls and text to Orange for 30 USD per month, I'm not complaining at all...

    • TheLastAngel

      Too bad Orange just folded in Austria. I'd like to get my hands on this deal.

  • Don

    Spotify has a killer deal in Switzerland. Orange has programs for under 27-year-olds that include Spotify Premium subscription, and all streaming done for Spotify do not count towards your monthly data quota. I like Google Music better, it has a better interface and a much nicer app, but that's one tough proposition to beat. Plus a dedicated desktop app that works with keyboard shortcuts is a nice plus for Spotify (I know there are Chrome extensions, but still). And as always, subscription based all-access is better imho as you discover new stuff all the time.

  • Darrell Goodwin

    I'm a spotify girl, although I use torch music as well for video playlists. In the end spotify is pretty cheap considering all the stuff you can listen to.

  • Kiamat

    The poll needs to allow for multiple options. I use the following:
    Rhapsody: Instant access to millions of songs. GPAA would replace this except it's not available on Sonos, yet.

    Slacker: Much better radio stations than Rhapsody. GPAA would replace this if the radio stations were better and it were available on Sonos.

    Amazon: I buy all my music from Amazon. Google Play would replace this, but they make it so hard to download the music you buy and have it available to other apps. I prefer Zplayer on my phone. Google Play would replace this if downloading purchased music was as straightforward as it is with Amazon, it could be set as the default music store in Shazam, and it was available on Sonos.

    GPAA: I grabbed this so I could get the reduced rate and for the G+ sharing and because I know that eventually it will replace all of the above.

  • Kolyan24k

    Pandora and Tune-In is enough for me

  • hocestquisumus

    Google Music. I'd rather use Spotify but there's no elegant way to wirelessly beam it over to my 2013 Sony receiver (with WiFi!). No, a BT dongle won't do it. GM at least supports the Chromecast and that's what I'm using. Still not perfect but better than using a cable.

  • Raindeer

    Google Play All Access, because of three reasons:
    1. It is the only thing I can push through the corporate proxy/firewall to my work laptop. All other services run into trouble, because I either need a client or because the proxy/firewall blocks it.
    2. Google Play All Access continues to work when I undock my laptop to rest it on my lap. It may sound like a trivial thing, but streaming online radio for example requires me to restart a stream whenever I undocked my laptop.
    3. It syncs great with iTunes, which my wife insists on using.

    Google Play all Access could be improved however. I would like:
    1. Function to send music to mobile device from the desktop client. Now I need to search for it on phone and pin it.
    2. Better sharing to Facebook and other services. Sorry Google+ is not good enough
    3. Ability to copy a chart or list of songs into a playlist, instead of entering them by hand.
    4. When shuffling music on device, it should not choose children songs and Christmas songs. Somehow going from Editors, Dropkick Murphys, to the Children's Choir Christmas Songs or K3 is now what I am interested in.

  • lycosman

    Play Music All Access here. Was Spotify Premium subscriber before, but I find Play Music better all around. And the automatic stuff (radios, playlists, etc) work better for me on Play Music.

  • not_that_high

    As I'm not living in a 1st world country I use the zaycev app for getting music

  • Ryan Stewart

    Got in on the $8 a month deal and been happy. Never really a music buff but the monthly bill has kind of forced me to expose myself to new music. So far I am happy. The "radio" stations work quite well and often result in me adding songs to my regular playlists on a weekly basis.

    I use my phone for all of my music. Chromecast to the tuner at home and then bluetooth audio in the car.

  • frafri

    I use spotify. :) and i love it. so far. id be willing to try others.

  • My name is….

    No love for the free jango?

  • VoiceofSky

    The green monster know as SPOTIFY! .. absolutely LOVE that service , google play is aight but until they get proper social features like spotify has,it's the green monster all day son :)

  • Mert ÇELEN

    I wanna use google play all access,but it's still only few countries.Also Turkey doesnt have any music on google play YET

  • Mattias Jonsson

    Spotify, since it's the best among the few who wants a swedish customer.

  • RL010

    No,i don't like cloud streaming. The data plans are to expensive and if the internet connection gets lost you don't have anything.

    • CoreRooted

      Most of the streaming services will allow you to cache music locally. Granted, I never worry about my data plan usage, but I do cache a lot of my music locally just in case I get into a bad service area.

  • Ambroos

    I switched from Spotify to Music Unlimited to All Access quite recently. Would just really like an offline mode on desktop, should be possible with a Chrome app.

  • mldi

    Pandora One and All Access, but will be dropping Pandora soon. Pandora is 10 levels better at creating radio stations, and it allows me to blacklist artists, but All Access's playlist flexibility makes it a better buy IMO.

  • Lujack

    Slacker Radio is all about the hundreds of curated stations and the "My Vibe" feature and I believe that's what sets them apart. Let's be honest they all have catalogs of millions of songs, some more than others, so the amount of music available is not the problem...finding it is. I've tried all the services on this list and the biggest problem I always had was when it was time to listen to music I could never come up with an artist to listen to and if I could I didn't always want to hear just songs like it for very long. So when I came upon Slacker, and all of their hand picked stations, I knew I had found my music service. I really tried to find a better service to suit my needs but couldn't. None of these services are terrible and all have the same pricing but some are better are certain things. For me Slacker, with its hand picked stations to the "My Vibe" feature to the general lay out of the app, gets my vote and money.

  • Joel Wells

    The fact that Google Play allows you to easily access music stored on local media (Phone SD Card) at the same time as streaming media, simultaneously, makes it preferred to Spotify and everything else out there. The app is visually attractive, user friendly, and offers comparable ability to explore new music as the competitors. If you got the $7.99 introductory price, there's absolutely no question which service to use! But even $9.99, it's the best out there.