For the last year I have been happily using Spotify to stream music through my stereo while on the move. Despite a few earlier glitches I would say recently the app has worked well. I have a Philips CMD310, now no longer available via Halfords but quite a good piece of kit for use with an iPhone. With the stereo’s dock I can place my iPhone in place and listen to all my favourite playlists. Even though the stereo dates back before the iPhone lightning connector, an adaptor works well for my iPhone 5.
I am currently on contract with Three, having used several networks in the past, I found that Three and EE have the best coverage outside of urban areas which is good when on the road streaming music.
Of course, last week Apple released Apple Music in the UK via IOS 8.4. Obviously realising Spotify were taking a large share of Apple’s iTunes profits, they decided to launch this to directly compete.
Having been an Apple user for a fair few years now, I was expecting this software to really impress, possibly taking me away from Spotify but sadly I have so far not been too impressed. Fortunately Apple have offered a 3 month free trial to try and convert us, but sadly, after just a few days I find myself moving back to Spotify. As for the amount of music available and the way the interface allows the user to select the music, I think they’ve done a good job but the two main things which have put me off is firstly, the delay in starting any selected music but mainly the fact that the app does not keep alive when docked so I cannot have a quick look to see what’s playing. On the whole, the music quality seems to be about the same as Spotify although I have noticed some tracks are particularly poor on Apple Music. Being a lover of all types of music depending on my mood, I’m not a particular fan of this tayloring music to your tastes either.
I will wait to see if Apple role out any updates in the near future but I think I will be sticking with Spotify for now, just because it suits the way I listen to music the most, streaming on the road.