Now that Apple Music has added lossless audio to its entire catalog and is adding thousands of tracks in Dolby Atmos Music, you've decided you want to make the move from Spotify to Apple Music. You wouldn't be alone, either, as since Neil Young and Joni Mitchell sparked a bit of a movement recently by pulling their music from Spotify over Joe Rogan's purported spreading of vaccine misinformation on his Spotify podcast, you might have just found yourself searching Google for how to make the switch. But you've spent a lot of time creating playlists and marking songs and albums as your favorites. Is it worth the switch? Will all that hard work be lost in translation?
Spotify is available on Sky Q from today, letting you play music via your Sky Soundbox or stream music to your TV speakers via AirPlay or Bluetooth. It's the first high-profile app to come to the platform since it launched two years ago, and its arrival kickstarts the raft of new features -- including machine learning, additional voice commands, a new kids mode and a wide-screen user interface -- which were announced for the service earlier this year.
Spotify's Liked Songs collection is an easy way to find your favorite tracks, but its all-or-nothing nature makes it less than ideal for listening. You might not want to listen to tear-jerking ballads alongside bumping rap or trance. Thankfully, you won't have to skip tracks quite so often. Spotify has introduced an option in its mobile apps (sorry, no desktop version at this stage) to sort Liked Songs by genre or mood. Tap a filter button at the top of the playlist and you can see only the music that fits under a particular feeling or style.
SoundCloud's Go streaming service is barely half a year old, but the company is already determined to attract hesitant listeners. It's launching a week-long promo that will give you 3 months of unlimited, ad-free music for 99 cents (or 99 pence in the UK) if you subscribe by September 19th. That's similar to offers we've seen from the likes of Google and Spotify, of course. While there's a real chance that you have at least a passing acquaintance with Google Play Music or Spotify, SoundCloud Go is relatively new and untested -- this is your chance to give it an extended try without dropping 30/ 30. And when SoundCloud hasn't had much success getting customers to bite, a good deal like this could go a long way toward improving the company's bottom line.