Last Update: 12/1/16 @ 11:46PMGoogle “best music streaming service” and you’ll get pages of search optimized sites promising to tell you which music streaming service is right for you. But after reading the first four or five, it’s clear most just summarize the top few services in a comparison chart and recommendations are simply the author’s particular flavor of brand loyalty.
But what if you don’t want the list of features? What if you want some context—from someone who actually pays for the service and isn’t just reading the about page for five minutes so they can write a link bait article.
I’d like to be the one to help you out. I’d also like to tell you why I’m well suited to do so.
Why Listen To Me?
Music is broad and “experts” on the topic, abound. Knowing whose opinion you’re getting is important.
Audiophiles can tell you which services have the highest quality streaming and why FLAC files sound better than lossy formats like mp3. Hardcore Audiophiles can explain why AIFF files are better for archiving than WAV despite both being lossless (hint: Cover Art). Techies can list the merits of a particular music player’s tech stack or tell you which service has the best mobile framework. Music aficionados can outline artist by artist who has the best catalogs and why certain sub-genres tend to underrepresent on mainstream music sites.
But with me, you get a bit of everything. My experience in music stretches from Napster and Amie Street to Tydal and Soundcloud. From OiNK and What.CD (RIP) to Apple Music and Spotify. From Lollapalooza and Coachella to SXSWi and Ultra. From my days as a self-proclaimed Myspace music blogger to founding team member at Grooveshark, one of the first, and fastest growing music streaming services on the planet (until it was sued into oblivion).
I’ve used nearly every music service you’ve ever heard of, and many you haven’t, and read enough about music tech/hardware/curation to cover several college degrees and then some. I was Editor-in-Chief of a tech/music blog with 60,000 views a month talking about everything from digital rights management to performing rights organizations. And though it’s doubtful my music hardware stacks up to the average audiophile’s rig, through trial and error, I’ve found the right amount of technology to accomplish what I want—the ability to enjoy the best music possible when, where and how I want.
Here’s to seeing if I can help you do the same.