How Many of You Are Still Using Apple Music?

It’s been two months now, since Apple Music launched. There was a lot of press in the early days about the complicated interface (including many articles I wrote about Apple Music), and the varied features that work or don’t work.

So, two months later, how many people are still using Apple Music? I am, maybe a couple of days a week. I’m not using it a lot, and am mostly using it to listen to music I used to own back in the days of vinyl and never bought on CD. In other words, to listen to oldies (that is, music from the 70s, for the most part).

I’ll be subscribing, not because I think it’s a good service, but simply because I write about Apple products and services, and especially iTunes. If I didn’t write about this stuff, I doubt I’d pay the $10 a month; I’ve got plenty of music to listen to.

What about you, Constant Reader? Are you still using Apple Music? Will you be subscribing when the three-month trial has ended?

80 thoughts on “How Many of You Are Still Using Apple Music?

  1. No I’m gone Kirk. The launch broke my heart with my iTunes library and I’ve lost trust in Apple music. I’m out.

  2. No I’m gone Kirk. The launch broke my heart with my iTunes library and I’ve lost trust in Apple music. I’m out.

  3. The early versions still work like a champ, and the “Radio” does a good job of song selection. If I want specific song lists or songs, I play from my own collection — all burned from CDs. But the Radio works great for gatherings and we hear an ad about every 20 tunes.

  4. The early versions still work like a champ, and the “Radio” does a good job of song selection. If I want specific song lists or songs, I play from my own collection — all burned from CDs. But the Radio works great for gatherings and we hear an ad about every 20 tunes.

    • I agree. Spotify interface and speed is so much better. I think for those of us who have been using Spotify for 4-5 years now (I’m in Europe), Apple Music just doesn’t cut it. There is no compelling reason to change for me. And most importantly, Spotify won’t ruin my local library of music the way Apple Music might (it is unpredictable). Mr. Kirk McElhearn has already discussed at length what Apple Music did to his library on his test machine.

    • I agree. Spotify interface and speed is so much better. I think for those of us who have been using Spotify for 4-5 years now (I’m in Europe), Apple Music just doesn’t cut it. There is no compelling reason to change for me. And most importantly, Spotify won’t ruin my local library of music the way Apple Music might (it is unpredictable). Mr. Kirk McElhearn has already discussed at length what Apple Music did to his library on his test machine.

  5. I’m still deciding. On the one hand, I’ve been using it to listen to quite a bit of jazz (an area where my own library is rather weak). For example, during a recent trip to Colorado I developed an itch to hear Sonny Rollins’ Way Out West (which gets my vote for coolest album cover ever) and was able to satisfy it quite easily. On the other hand, the classical side of things remains a disaster: it is next to impossible to figure out composers, which is a problem when exploring collections of new music that include a variety of works.

    I don’t have Spotify at the moment (though I have subscribed in the past). Thanks to my university, I do have access to the Naxos Classical Music Library. So Apple Music is hardly something that I need. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s something that I want.

    • I was planning to use it for the exact same thing. There are a number of jazz artists I know and like, but there are very many that I’ve never heard. As for classical, it’s really not very good.

  6. I’m still deciding. On the one hand, I’ve been using it to listen to quite a bit of jazz (an area where my own library is rather weak). For example, during a recent trip to Colorado I developed an itch to hear Sonny Rollins’ Way Out West (which gets my vote for coolest album cover ever) and was able to satisfy it quite easily. On the other hand, the classical side of things remains a disaster: it is next to impossible to figure out composers, which is a problem when exploring collections of new music that include a variety of works.

    I don’t have Spotify at the moment (though I have subscribed in the past). Thanks to my university, I do have access to the Naxos Classical Music Library. So Apple Music is hardly something that I need. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s something that I want.

    • I was planning to use it for the exact same thing. There are a number of jazz artists I know and like, but there are very many that I’ve never heard. As for classical, it’s really not very good.

  7. The promise is so tantalizing – all my music in one place. But since I need to enable iCloud Music Library to see that integration and my library is much larger than 25,000 songs, I can’t turn it on. So everything stays on it’s own island. I’m hopeful that next week’s announcement will include the promised increase to 100,000 songs, and if so, I’ll probably subscribe. But if not, there’s little motivation. I’m nowhere near the demo for Beats Radio or Connect and if I want a stand alone streaming service I think Spotify has the larger catalog.

    It’s a frustrating time to be a lifelong music lover/supporter. Why has the ‘evolution’ from LP to CD to MP3 to streaming leaving me increasingly cold — disconnected from my passion?

    • Exactly. The promise of combining your own library with the seemingly limitless Apple Music library is very enticing. Unfortunately, it is so fraught with problems, that I don’t trust it to merge with my main library. I, too, have far more than 25,000 tracks, and given the problems I have had just with a smaller test library, there is no way I will turn it on on my iMac, which houses my main library.

      • I like to create multiple iTunes Libraries, one for each of my IOS devices and one for my Mac. Is it possible to select one iTunes Library to use with Apple Music? Maybe a Library that does not expose a personal curated collection from CDs (and LPs)?

  8. The promise is so tantalizing – all my music in one place. But since I need to enable iCloud Music Library to see that integration and my library is much larger than 25,000 songs, I can’t turn it on. So everything stays on it’s own island. I’m hopeful that next week’s announcement will include the promised increase to 100,000 songs, and if so, I’ll probably subscribe. But if not, there’s little motivation. I’m nowhere near the demo for Beats Radio or Connect and if I want a stand alone streaming service I think Spotify has the larger catalog.

    It’s a frustrating time to be a lifelong music lover/supporter. Why has the ‘evolution’ from LP to CD to MP3 to streaming leaving me increasingly cold — disconnected from my passion?

    • Exactly. The promise of combining your own library with the seemingly limitless Apple Music library is very enticing. Unfortunately, it is so fraught with problems, that I don’t trust it to merge with my main library. I, too, have far more than 25,000 tracks, and given the problems I have had just with a smaller test library, there is no way I will turn it on on my iMac, which houses my main library.

      • I like to create multiple iTunes Libraries, one for each of my IOS devices and one for my Mac. Is it possible to select one iTunes Library to use with Apple Music? Maybe a Library that does not expose a personal curated collection from CDs (and LPs)?

  9. At first I wasn’t sure. But I will be keeping Apple Music.

    Likewise, I use it a few times a week. I enjoy the For You playlists, especially on the iPhone away from home–I enjoy the surprise of what they present to me–although I’ll only sample about one out of five of them. I also like being able to listen to pretty much anything when the desire strikes me (I’ve never gotten comfortable with Spotify’s interface, although my young adult daughter likes it and defends it). I’ll buy music I want to hear more than once-every-few-years; I don’t need to hear Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Greatest Hits album again for another couple of years. My days of listening to an album over and over like I did as a teenager/young adult are *over*.

    I do not download files or playlists from Apple Music, and except for one test machine, my home is an iCloud-Music-Library-Free Zone.

    I do not care for Beats 1 but will admit that it is a very well done radio station. But there are a lot of those that you can hear on the internet if you like that sort of thing (as some people may know, I worked in broadcast radio for about 25 years). I do not care for the iTunes Radio-type streams. I end up leaning in to shut it off when I really just want to lean back. But I imagine these are handy for passive music listeners. I listen to some free internet radio streams, like Radio Paradise (who I donate to) and FIP out of France, which my wife loves.

    I am also a Pandora One subscriber, which I also use a few times a week. I also still buy media from iTunes and Amazon and a CD once in a while. All things considered, my music budget is about the same as it has been over the past few years, about $500 a year. As an aside, we don’t have cable TV and haven’t for more than 20 years; we use Hulu, Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime streaming for video, and sometimes rent or buy a movie from iTunes or Amazon. So our entire *annual* multi-media budget is probably around $800-$1000.

  10. At first I wasn’t sure. But I will be keeping Apple Music.

    Likewise, I use it a few times a week. I enjoy the For You playlists, especially on the iPhone away from home–I enjoy the surprise of what they present to me–although I’ll only sample about one out of five of them. I also like being able to listen to pretty much anything when the desire strikes me (I’ve never gotten comfortable with Spotify’s interface, although my young adult daughter likes it and defends it). I’ll buy music I want to hear more than once-every-few-years; I don’t need to hear Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Greatest Hits album again for another couple of years. My days of listening to an album over and over like I did as a teenager/young adult are *over*.

    I do not download files or playlists from Apple Music, and except for one test machine, my home is an iCloud-Music-Library-Free Zone.

    I do not care for Beats 1 but will admit that it is a very well done radio station. But there are a lot of those that you can hear on the internet if you like that sort of thing (as some people may know, I worked in broadcast radio for about 25 years). I do not care for the iTunes Radio-type streams. I end up leaning in to shut it off when I really just want to lean back. But I imagine these are handy for passive music listeners. I listen to some free internet radio streams, like Radio Paradise (who I donate to) and FIP out of France, which my wife loves.

    I am also a Pandora One subscriber, which I also use a few times a week. I also still buy media from iTunes and Amazon and a CD once in a while. All things considered, my music budget is about the same as it has been over the past few years, about $500 a year. As an aside, we don’t have cable TV and haven’t for more than 20 years; we use Hulu, Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime streaming for video, and sometimes rent or buy a movie from iTunes or Amazon. So our entire *annual* multi-media budget is probably around $800-$1000.

  11. No, and I’m scared for what will happen once the trial runs out.

    I’ve been a long time Spotify user, and the separation of what is mine vs the streaming library is/was actually quite nice.

    Once I realized how I was limiting myself to streaming, and therefor not accessing full artists catalogues. It became increasingly frustrating when I asked Siri to play an artist and all I got was his 1 album on Apple Music, and not his 4 that I own.

    Plus there have been connectivity issues, where with a playlist of 20+ it would shuffle maybe 2 or 3 songs, I’m guessing the ones it downloaded locally. It took a couple of manual skips to reset it.

    For You section was cool, but still way to centered around popular music. If you have 1 popular song or like it skews recommendations.

    So since I’ve had budgeted $10 for streaming, I’m just going to buy 1 album a month. A more direct way to support the artists (especially since I’m a jazz guy). I can find the more obscure big band arrangements/albums not available on streaming. I can still use Spotify in my music teaching studio.

    Now the question is do I buy from iTunes or Amazon? We’re still an all Apple household, though I do enjoy the Fire TV. I still plan on and enjoy using the iTunes Match (or whatever they’re calling it)

    • Check out Bandcamp.com for digital downloads. They offer lossless audio as an option, and the artists keep 80% of the price. It is mostly indie artists, though.

  12. No, and I’m scared for what will happen once the trial runs out.

    I’ve been a long time Spotify user, and the separation of what is mine vs the streaming library is/was actually quite nice.

    Once I realized how I was limiting myself to streaming, and therefor not accessing full artists catalogues. It became increasingly frustrating when I asked Siri to play an artist and all I got was his 1 album on Apple Music, and not his 4 that I own.

    Plus there have been connectivity issues, where with a playlist of 20+ it would shuffle maybe 2 or 3 songs, I’m guessing the ones it downloaded locally. It took a couple of manual skips to reset it.

    For You section was cool, but still way to centered around popular music. If you have 1 popular song or like it skews recommendations.

    So since I’ve had budgeted $10 for streaming, I’m just going to buy 1 album a month. A more direct way to support the artists (especially since I’m a jazz guy). I can find the more obscure big band arrangements/albums not available on streaming. I can still use Spotify in my music teaching studio.

    Now the question is do I buy from iTunes or Amazon? We’re still an all Apple household, though I do enjoy the Fire TV. I still plan on and enjoy using the iTunes Match (or whatever they’re calling it)

    • Check out Bandcamp.com for digital downloads. They offer lossless audio as an option, and the artists keep 80% of the price. It is mostly indie artists, though.

  13. I didn’t even take the bait. I’m happy with my CD collection. I find out about new music via different channels on the web and YouTube. If I like what I hear I buy it.

  14. I didn’t even take the bait. I’m happy with my CD collection. I find out about new music via different channels on the web and YouTube. If I like what I hear I buy it.

  15. I went back to Google Play Music. I get better recommendations and missed “I’m feeling lucky.” I love Apple but Google seems to know better what I like.

  16. I went back to Google Play Music. I get better recommendations and missed “I’m feeling lucky.” I love Apple but Google seems to know better what I like.

  17. I liked some of the For You playlists and a couple of the genre radio stations. Neither of those features are worth $10 a month to me, so I will not be renewing my subscription after the trial ends.

  18. I liked some of the For You playlists and a couple of the genre radio stations. Neither of those features are worth $10 a month to me, so I will not be renewing my subscription after the trial ends.

  19. I moved to the UK and wanted to change my iTunes account to the British iTunes store. I had to contact Apple and have them actively cancel the Apple Music subscription, because otherwise I could not change the account to another country. Haven’t missed it since. (FWIW: I could still not change my account because I have an unexpired season pass for the Mentalist (a show long over) which prevents me from changing countries, and Apple says they can’t do anything about it, it is Warner Brothers who need to cancel the pass; the iTunes store seems horribly broken to me).

  20. I moved to the UK and wanted to change my iTunes account to the British iTunes store. I had to contact Apple and have them actively cancel the Apple Music subscription, because otherwise I could not change the account to another country. Haven’t missed it since. (FWIW: I could still not change my account because I have an unexpired season pass for the Mentalist (a show long over) which prevents me from changing countries, and Apple says they can’t do anything about it, it is Warner Brothers who need to cancel the pass; the iTunes store seems horribly broken to me).

  21. I went back to Spotify a few days ago. I’ll miss the curated playlists and the “everything in one place” promise, but can’t stand the UI anymore, everything is like 7 clicks away, and full of bugs, e.g. when I add a song to a playlist it sometimes work and sometimes doesn’t. I also like the social aspect of Spotify a lot more. “Connect” seems useless.

  22. I went back to Spotify a few days ago. I’ll miss the curated playlists and the “everything in one place” promise, but can’t stand the UI anymore, everything is like 7 clicks away, and full of bugs, e.g. when I add a song to a playlist it sometimes work and sometimes doesn’t. I also like the social aspect of Spotify a lot more. “Connect” seems useless.

  23. I’m torn. I have used Spotify since its inception here in the US. I was hoping for some “magic” with Apple Music. I want a variety of playlists to choose from based on current day and mood (like Songza) and neither Spotify nor Apple Music really do a good job with this. I just don’t know what to do. I am hoping for a update to the service that will give it that hook that it needs.

  24. I’m torn. I have used Spotify since its inception here in the US. I was hoping for some “magic” with Apple Music. I want a variety of playlists to choose from based on current day and mood (like Songza) and neither Spotify nor Apple Music really do a good job with this. I just don’t know what to do. I am hoping for a update to the service that will give it that hook that it needs.

  25. I guess I’d better decide soon. What will probably be a deal breaker for me is that I can’t use Apple Music streaming properly without also turning on iCloud Music Library, and I refuse to / can’t do that.

    The suggested playlists remain largely hopeless and based on the college radio stuff I acquired in the 90s rather than the classical and world that most of my streaming has consisted of, so for being introduced to new music, I’m disappointed. However, for streaming music I hear about through reviews or whatever, it’s great – I’ve been digging back through the “Best classical / world recordings of 20xx” articles I’ve clipped in Evernote over the years, and I’m enjoying that, but man I wish I could make playlists with them easily rather than looking up the articles again every time I want to play something.

  26. I guess I’d better decide soon. What will probably be a deal breaker for me is that I can’t use Apple Music streaming properly without also turning on iCloud Music Library, and I refuse to / can’t do that.

    The suggested playlists remain largely hopeless and based on the college radio stuff I acquired in the 90s rather than the classical and world that most of my streaming has consisted of, so for being introduced to new music, I’m disappointed. However, for streaming music I hear about through reviews or whatever, it’s great – I’ve been digging back through the “Best classical / world recordings of 20xx” articles I’ve clipped in Evernote over the years, and I’m enjoying that, but man I wish I could make playlists with them easily rather than looking up the articles again every time I want to play something.

  27. I too have over 25,000 tracks and there is no way I’m turning on iCloud library even if they make this higher after what I’ve been read, it’s a shame though because if you want to listen offline to a track you have to have this enabled.
    I was hoping to use it much like i used to use last.fm where I would get to discover some quite interesting obscure jazz records that I have since gone on to really enjoy and bought on CD, but it hasn’t been as interesting in stuff it’s thrown back at me.
    I mainly subscribed for my wife and daughter who can stream anything and this part seems to be working ok, I’ll renew after 3 months but the jury is still out. I love conventionally syncing my playlists to my 128gb iPhone and this is mainly how I listen to music with in car or walking.
    I also agree classical selections lousy. Beats 1 I am definitely not interested in.

  28. I too have over 25,000 tracks and there is no way I’m turning on iCloud library even if they make this higher after what I’ve been read, it’s a shame though because if you want to listen offline to a track you have to have this enabled.
    I was hoping to use it much like i used to use last.fm where I would get to discover some quite interesting obscure jazz records that I have since gone on to really enjoy and bought on CD, but it hasn’t been as interesting in stuff it’s thrown back at me.
    I mainly subscribed for my wife and daughter who can stream anything and this part seems to be working ok, I’ll renew after 3 months but the jury is still out. I love conventionally syncing my playlists to my 128gb iPhone and this is mainly how I listen to music with in car or walking.
    I also agree classical selections lousy. Beats 1 I am definitely not interested in.

  29. Now that some fixes have been made, what I’ve done is take a couple of weeks to replace my music library, with Apple Music.

    What I did was create a new iTunes Library file and leave the original library untouched in its old position. Then I went through and added all my existing music not by ‘matching’ but manually, by selecting the albums I wanted and editing metadata or replacing artwork as needed. For the few of my favourite tracks which weren’t available, I added those to my new library, from my old library and created duplicates (for now).

    So, what I have is one old untouched library to which I haven’t added any new music, and a NEW Apple Music library to which I have added all my old stuff… but are now locally-stored DRM versions pulled down from Apple Music.

    I’m using this method to see if I can embrace the future of not making any more music purchases. Once metadata is edited and artwork replaced, it’s as clean as my old library used to be. I’ll be subscribing to see whether my music consumption and new library dramatically increases now that I’m not making decisions as to whether I really want to buy a track or not.

    It’s not that tracks were particularly expensive, it’s just that I always considered the decision final. I never really fancied the idea of deleting tracks from my library of purchases since I’ve paid for them, so I never bought anything I wasn’t sure about.

  30. Now that some fixes have been made, what I’ve done is take a couple of weeks to replace my music library, with Apple Music.

    What I did was create a new iTunes Library file and leave the original library untouched in its old position. Then I went through and added all my existing music not by ‘matching’ but manually, by selecting the albums I wanted and editing metadata or replacing artwork as needed. For the few of my favourite tracks which weren’t available, I added those to my new library, from my old library and created duplicates (for now).

    So, what I have is one old untouched library to which I haven’t added any new music, and a NEW Apple Music library to which I have added all my old stuff… but are now locally-stored DRM versions pulled down from Apple Music.

    I’m using this method to see if I can embrace the future of not making any more music purchases. Once metadata is edited and artwork replaced, it’s as clean as my old library used to be. I’ll be subscribing to see whether my music consumption and new library dramatically increases now that I’m not making decisions as to whether I really want to buy a track or not.

    It’s not that tracks were particularly expensive, it’s just that I always considered the decision final. I never really fancied the idea of deleting tracks from my library of purchases since I’ve paid for them, so I never bought anything I wasn’t sure about.

  31. Well, I’m still using it, because I like the discovery-part of it (in my case lots of 90’s electronic music from the UK), but the bugs and issues with the library made me disable the automatic renewal.

    It’s like I’m running into a new issue each week – yesterday I wasn’t able to make an album available offline (I tapped the menu entry, but it never started downloading the tracks), my own mixes are too big to be “uploaded” to my iPhone via iCloud music, about 35% of my library gets mismatched (radio versions instead of album versions, wrong remixes, album art, the lot), 5 out of 10 times music playback does not even start..

    Ugh.. it’s just so incredibly frustrating, especially as Apple is the one company that seems to be either unable or unwilling to do the “online service” thing right (read: communicate on bugs, release fixes regularly) – instead they pile up the fixes for major OS releases.

  32. Well, I’m still using it, because I like the discovery-part of it (in my case lots of 90’s electronic music from the UK), but the bugs and issues with the library made me disable the automatic renewal.

    It’s like I’m running into a new issue each week – yesterday I wasn’t able to make an album available offline (I tapped the menu entry, but it never started downloading the tracks), my own mixes are too big to be “uploaded” to my iPhone via iCloud music, about 35% of my library gets mismatched (radio versions instead of album versions, wrong remixes, album art, the lot), 5 out of 10 times music playback does not even start..

    Ugh.. it’s just so incredibly frustrating, especially as Apple is the one company that seems to be either unable or unwilling to do the “online service” thing right (read: communicate on bugs, release fixes regularly) – instead they pile up the fixes for major OS releases.

  33. I don’t think I’ll be subscribing. I sort of think I get what Apple is trying to do but…. The 25,000 limit was a pain, and I now have a great library. I find the user interface too confusing. So will try to use conventional playlists to feed my music habit,
    I get way more bang for my buck by subscribing to the Berlin Phil Digital Concert Hall http://www.digitalconcerthall.com for classical performances by the best players in the world. Great audio, iOS, off-line downloads.

    • Does anyone (see LeRoy Lee’s post) from know where your ios device is storing your digitalconcerthall.com material so you can listen offline?

  34. I don’t think I’ll be subscribing. I sort of think I get what Apple is trying to do but…. The 25,000 limit was a pain, and I now have a great library. I find the user interface too confusing. So will try to use conventional playlists to feed my music habit,
    I get way more bang for my buck by subscribing to the Berlin Phil Digital Concert Hall http://www.digitalconcerthall.com for classical performances by the best players in the world. Great audio, iOS, off-line downloads.

    • Does anyone (see LeRoy Lee’s post) from know where your ios device is storing your digitalconcerthall.com material so you can listen offline?

  35. I’ll probably keep it for a year or ten; it’s not like the choice after the free period is a life sentence. Being reunited with the things I only have on LP or tape has been wonderful and is going to take a long while. Having easy access to multiple performances of a piece is lovely. It’s also a good way to explore things that I would never explicitly pay for, or even hunt for on youtube. Since I waited a month to sign up, I was able to avoid the library-clobbering pitfalls. (Thanks, pioneers!)

    I have one old computer with cloud enabled, with a largish subset of my collection via match. I manage playlists on that since it’s easier than on an iThing. I rarely want musical wallpaper, but if I do, I can just run an existing playlist of my own stuff. To avoid losing track of what’s mine and what’s not mine, I have a playlist ‘NotMyMusic’, and instead of using the Add button to add something to my library, I add it directly to that playlist. A couple of extra taps, but not onerous.

    I have two major peeves other than the disorganized interface: 1) It keeps throwing away my Play Next list. In the beginning, I added a bunch of stuff to Play Next that I didn’t want to add to my library, got busy for a couple of days, and when I got back to it was empty. So I either had to go find those things again or go off in a new direction. It throws away my PN reproducibly every time the app quits, and can’t even remember that I was in the middle of a particular album, so now I only use playlists, which I can get back to easily when amnesia sets in. 2) There’s no way to turn Shuffle on/off in ios without using Siri as far as I can tell. No internet, no shuffle toggle, so I have to keep it off. And a minor peeve: I miss the old style radio that Match had, but the candy store of full albums has eased the pain.

    I haven’t used any other streaming services, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but for me it’s cheap and adequate enough that I’m not going to try out others. (Though I’m jealous of James’ access to the Naxos library!)

  36. I’ll probably keep it for a year or ten; it’s not like the choice after the free period is a life sentence. Being reunited with the things I only have on LP or tape has been wonderful and is going to take a long while. Having easy access to multiple performances of a piece is lovely. It’s also a good way to explore things that I would never explicitly pay for, or even hunt for on youtube. Since I waited a month to sign up, I was able to avoid the library-clobbering pitfalls. (Thanks, pioneers!)

    I have one old computer with cloud enabled, with a largish subset of my collection via match. I manage playlists on that since it’s easier than on an iThing. I rarely want musical wallpaper, but if I do, I can just run an existing playlist of my own stuff. To avoid losing track of what’s mine and what’s not mine, I have a playlist ‘NotMyMusic’, and instead of using the Add button to add something to my library, I add it directly to that playlist. A couple of extra taps, but not onerous.

    I have two major peeves other than the disorganized interface: 1) It keeps throwing away my Play Next list. In the beginning, I added a bunch of stuff to Play Next that I didn’t want to add to my library, got busy for a couple of days, and when I got back to it was empty. So I either had to go find those things again or go off in a new direction. It throws away my PN reproducibly every time the app quits, and can’t even remember that I was in the middle of a particular album, so now I only use playlists, which I can get back to easily when amnesia sets in. 2) There’s no way to turn Shuffle on/off in ios without using Siri as far as I can tell. No internet, no shuffle toggle, so I have to keep it off. And a minor peeve: I miss the old style radio that Match had, but the candy store of full albums has eased the pain.

    I haven’t used any other streaming services, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but for me it’s cheap and adequate enough that I’m not going to try out others. (Though I’m jealous of James’ access to the Naxos library!)

  37. I cancelled my Spotify subscription and now use Apple Music. It works better with my Home Cinema iPod Dock (I now have reliable track information and I can reliably switch to next song) – I I don’t need the small App I made to properly handle my Bluetooth Headset on the Mac. Also, I like the integrated Match feature (a lot better than Spotlfy local only sync for track not in Spotify library), and the For You suggestions.

    I begin to be used to cluttered UI, and I didn’t like Spotify UI either (except the first versions few years ago).

    Also, on the iPhone, Music app is faster than Spotify for me, and the fact the Music app is the default app makes things easier. (latests versions of Spotify were almost not usable on my iPhone 4 – too slow. I is better with my iPhone 6+, but Music app feels more responsive).

  38. I cancelled my Spotify subscription and now use Apple Music. It works better with my Home Cinema iPod Dock (I now have reliable track information and I can reliably switch to next song) – I I don’t need the small App I made to properly handle my Bluetooth Headset on the Mac. Also, I like the integrated Match feature (a lot better than Spotlfy local only sync for track not in Spotify library), and the For You suggestions.

    I begin to be used to cluttered UI, and I didn’t like Spotify UI either (except the first versions few years ago).

    Also, on the iPhone, Music app is faster than Spotify for me, and the fact the Music app is the default app makes things easier. (latests versions of Spotify were almost not usable on my iPhone 4 – too slow. I is better with my iPhone 6+, but Music app feels more responsive).

  39. I love the integrity of my iTunes library too much, so I didn’t even try Apple Music in the first place. I am a long-time Spotify user, and I’m very satisfied with it. It’s simply a mature offering, and it ‘just works’. Further, as a user of vintage Macs and other vintage devices, there’s the added bonus that the Spotify PowerPC client still works fine. Even the webOS client works great on the old Palm Pre 2 (which I basically use as a USB drive and/or for listening to music every now and then).

    Cheers,
    Rick

  40. I love the integrity of my iTunes library too much, so I didn’t even try Apple Music in the first place. I am a long-time Spotify user, and I’m very satisfied with it. It’s simply a mature offering, and it ‘just works’. Further, as a user of vintage Macs and other vintage devices, there’s the added bonus that the Spotify PowerPC client still works fine. Even the webOS client works great on the old Palm Pre 2 (which I basically use as a USB drive and/or for listening to music every now and then).

    Cheers,
    Rick

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