I do kinda regret that some of the improvements on mobile came at the expense of Google/YouTube slapping down every app that attempted to bring those features through the market and really hurting some developers that had put in a lot of time and work. This is sadly akin to Twitter’s sour behavior with developers.
YouTube Red, when combined with auto-play, really took YouTube from being a video service, to being a background audio player for me, which is really a HUGE change in how I use the service.
I love my Pandora (Premium) account and haven’t given that up (yet)… but I turned off my Spotify Premium account (which I was also testing for about the third or fourth time) in favor of more use of my Google Music/ YouTube Red account. Pandora is really baked into so many tools and services and devices I use that will make it much harder to give up. (I also like supporting the “underdog” and they are definitely an underdog service that deserves my support.)
Google still hasn’t got playlist handling and some of the “big techy stuff” figured out as well as MediaMonkey audio player has for owned media, so I do also still use that for certain tech tasks… but it’s not a monthly pay and is well worth the costs as I’ve now had it forever.
All of this has resulted in a pretty big change in how I use online streaming music both at my PC and on my mobile (android). I’m definitely liking the way this pair of services is growing up and maturing.
Which media services are you using today? What have you tried recently and loved? What do you think of YouTube Red?
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