Those headphones are vastly superior to the Beats Beasts that felt like oversized raisins in my ears. The Sony monsters fit over the ear. I can’t jog or exercise with them on but I can think about jogging and exercising while listening to music.
What I listen to is Apple Music. Hey, with 40-million songs how can you go wrong? I have Pandora, too. And, Spotify. I’m trying it out. Again. This is what my analysis of online streaming music services.
They’re all the same.
Unless you’re an audiophile with sensitive hearing and can tell the difference between vinyl and CDs, pretty much all the streaming music sounds the same, streams the same, and, remarkably, costs about the same. Spotify claims about 100-million listeners, but less than half pay for the privilege. Apple claims Apple Music has a similar number of paid users.
Both have similar monthly subscription plans and though Apple may have more music titles than Spotify by a few million, I can’t get that many on my iPhone and have yet to find a song on one that isn’t available on the other.
Yes, I put some effort into Google Play and Amazon Prime. Amazon’s attraction is the price for Prime subscribers. $8 vs. $10. Google Play is priced like Apple Music but also includes a subscription to YouTube Premium.
So, why Apple Music instead of a competitor? I don’t like Google
tracking stalking me online. Amazon does the same thing. Spotify isn’t making any money streaming music and I prefer a source that will be around awhile.
What about the Apple Music price tag?
Here’s a little secret.
Be patient, look around, and you can find iTunes Music cards on sale– often at 15-percent, sometimes at 30-percent, and sometimes with an extra 5-percent off at places like Target. Buy a few of those cards and put them into your iTunes account. Apple Music deducts from the credit on your account before it charges your credit card. If you always have a balance on the iTunes account from a discounted card, you get Apple Music at a substantial discount– less than Amazon for more music selection.
What about the music applications?
They all suck. Even Apple Music is cumbersome to navigate, create playlists, find music, etc. That’s the nature of complexity and we live in a complex world.