Marcus has been a paying customer of Amazon for over 20 years now. I could not have imagined that the company I used first for books, then for Music on CDs could have morphed into the most successful online shopping experience globally.
Oh, and the dominant player and one to beat in Cloud Computing
And so I am very grateful to Amazon for just making my life better. Consistently better, and giving me just unbelievable value for money.
With all this stored good will I thought I would give Amazon Music, Family Plan, unlimited a trial. The results, are, well let's just say not good.
In all cases my reference is the Spotify Family plan and they are about equal in price. 15 GBP per month approximately.
In a Nutshell
(AM = Amazon Music)
- It just does not compare to Spotify
- I could not find a single feature that was 'just great' and better than Spotify. Admittedly I'm only a week old user, but my patience has already expired
+ A lot of music. There is an almost infinite selection of music. True that with this plan, and if you keep paying, you need never think to procure and collect a physical music collection. (like Spotify)
- No Artist Subscription
I can put an Album or song into my library of songs but not an artist.
- No Release Radar
In Spotify you can select one or more favourite artists. Then when they produce any new music, even a new version of an old song, or a remix, you have this show up in the auto generated Playlist called 'Release Radar'. If you have sufficient artists subscribed this list is always full of new music. No such facility in AM
You can create them! Wow
So you can select one or more tracks or albums and have them downloaded to your Smartphone
Like Spotify you can regulate the mobile network streaming quality so that if your mobile plan has a small data allowance you can reduce the quality accordingly
- Artist Radio
On Spotify you can goto a defined playlist of music similar to that chosen. So the Pink Floyd Radio channel contains Pink Floyd and The Who and other contemporary artists of the same genre and time period. No AM equivalent
- Platform Jumping
On Spotify I can start playing from my desktop then grab my smartphone and continue listening to the same music stream on that. Further I can find new output devices e.g. remote speakers on the new jumped to device, say Bluetooth speakers or cast-able devices and start using them too. No such AM possibility or flexibility.
+ App and Web
Both AM and Spotify have Applications and Web Interfaces
On a Smartphone Spotify wont just display an album cover but sometimes extra information about the artist and song. If you are a musical geek too then this is sort of cool right?
Spotify has some sort of Algorithm to make suggestions for music to listen to. This is backed up with other ways to listen to past music like based on favourite albums or tracks by most played. Much better job than AM
I could not find a single feature where Amazon Music had a preferably feature or implementation to anything that Spotfiy already has to offer. So for existing Spotify users absolutely no reason in the world to switch. And for new users, no real reason to subscribe after they have read this brief analysis!