There are plenty of ways to listen to music with your phone. Here's how we do it.
Phones have doubled as music players since forever. But we've come a long way since
Between streaming services, subscriptions, FM radio and your own collection of songs there are plenty of ways you can use your phone to jam out a little bit. And most of us do, at least every now and then. Chances are, most of us do things a little differently, too.
We're no exception. Everyone at AC likes to listen to listen to some tunes every now and then, so this week we went around the table to find out how we do it.
Regardless of the phone I'm using, I split time between Google Play Music and
A mix of Chromecast, Bluetooth speakers and LG Tone neckbuds get me my music fix.
Outdoors is a little different. If I'm out cooking in the backyard, I'm usually using my
I've been a
I've been a Google play Music power user for years.
I've been a big Bluetooth user for years, and since I've moved to the S8, I've been using a pair of
There's also the small matter of using
I recently made the switch to Spotify Premium and I don't know why I didn't switch earlier. I tried out Google Play Music for a bit after it acquired Songza, but ended up relying on Apple Music for the bulk of my music streaming needs and subscribed as soon as it became available in Canada. I stuck with Apple Music for so long as I did because I appreciated the curated playlists and also didn't want to have to re-add my carefully crafted music library on another platform. Nevertheless, I decided to give Spotify a shot and have found it superior in nearly every way (especially the inclusion of podcasts).
Unlimited data plus Spotify lets me take my music everywhere.
I'm on an "unlimited" data plan with my carrier, which pairs really nicely with streaming music services and lets me
How do I listen to music? Well, I ditched having a well-curated music library years ago. Listening to music is still a major priority in my life, but with the dissipation of physical media, actually archiving and collecting it fell by the wayside.
I ditched the idea of having a curated music library years ago.
The only thing I tend to these days is the one playlist I have on Spotify. I don't need anything else. If it's radio I require, I'll pop into
I will consume music in two ways: with these slightly dorky
For a long time, Rdio was the best place on the web and mobile to listen to music. It took me a long time, after it was
Spotify covers the music and the small things like lyrics and liner notes.
Spotify is also a much better service today than it was when Rdio was acquired in 2015, thanks to updates to its core streaming tech — it's a lot more reliable — and its new interface refresh, which, while remaining dark as a late-90's emo song, looks much better on Android than it used to. Spotify is also smarter: it has finally incorporated the next song prediction technology that it acquired from The Echo Nest, making it easy to begin listening to an album or even a single and not have to worry about selecting something else, since it has so much data from my previous sessions. Small things, too, like integration with Genius to display lyrics and important notes on popular tracks, make the app worth using instead of minimizing. And, finally, its algorithmically-generated playlists, like Discover Weekly and Release Radar, are ridiculously good.
As for the hardware, I don't really have a single pair of headphones I turn to; it all depends on the situation. Yes,
When I'm more serious about listening to music, I rotate between two pairs of over-ear cans:
My music app of choice is
I'm invested in Google Play Music but can mis it up with TuneIn Radio.
As for hardware, an increasing amount of my listening is coming in through
I've always been a huge fan of music, which is why my external hard drive still has well over 50GBs of music...and hasn't had anything added since 2014. So it took me quite a while to pick between the different apps for music until I found the one I liked the most.
I've had subscriptions to most every service at one time or another but keep coming back to Spotify.
This means over the years I have held subscriptions to Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify at one time or another. Somehow though, I just keep coming back to Spotify. It gives me radio stations like Pandora, while letting me build my own playlists and easily share new music finds with friends. I also love the fact that Spotify will create new playlists for me filled with music I already love, and new finds that I may have known about prior.
I still occasionally jump over to
Where I sort of fall off the wagon though is in terms of headphones. I'm not really the type of gal who runs out to buy a pricey pair, since I tend to accidentally destroy or lose my headphones more often than not. Right now I'm using the earbuds that came with my Galaxy S8, but before that I had a $30 pair of skullcandy headphones that had been treating me well for a few months.
I listen to music most all day, every day. I'm one of those people who needs the background noise to keep sane, and music helps. Mostly.
At home I use my phone to do it, but not as the source itself. Whatever phone is in my hands is automatically a Chromecast remote and I have
I still use my HTC10 and beat up old Sony headphones when I want to really enjoy the music.
On the rare occasion I do leave the house (sunlight burns and you can't play any Elder Scrolls games) I listen two different ways. Most times I just use whatever phone I have running (right now that's the BlackBerry KEYone) and
If I'm going to be somewhere that I know i want to escape into my own little world with some good music or on an extended jaunt away from home, I still use the HTC 10 and my old beat up
I started using Spotify a year and a half ago, and it has most things I'm looking for in a streaming service. It has a majority of the albums I listen to, and the curated playlists are amazing. The main limitation is that there's no ability to stream lossless music, but I have a workaround in the form of a Synology DiskStation DS414. I loaded up the NAS with four
I'm very particular when it comes to the music I listen to, and my hardware reflects that. The Jaybird X2 is the go-to headset for the gym, and while there's a
A combination of Spotify and a Synology NAS server gets the job done.
When I'm home, I switch between two pairs of over-ears: the
I recently picked up the
How do you do it?
Jump into the comments and let everyone know how you listen to your favorite music with your phone!