So me and my family are looking at a family music subscription, and the decision has been left to me to find the best app, this is also going to be cross platform, me and my partner use iPhone, our parents use Android, plus we have my work windows PC (we can install music apps), iMac, Chromebook, Rokus, Samsung smart tv so on, however I’m not letting that rule out AM.
I used Spotify since 2012, but I have noticed the service seems to be getting worse, and they just use apple as a reason for not bringing new features to their apps, but their discovery system, ecosystem support and social features are excellent, plus they are buy far the biggest platform, and all my friends use it.
AM however has a much better UI, better music quality (hardly noticable over bluetooth) works excellent in the Apple ecosystem but lacks the community side as its less used, requires a bit more work to get discovery to work, and if you want a lot of new music requires apps like songshift to link into spotifys playlists.
Now my family don’t use music apps like me, my partners dad for example listens to albums over playlists, and my partner listens to top 40s.
I however use it to find new music, around 50% of my day is listening to music so I want a constant stream of new music, i can setup AM to do this with songshift to help apple learn me and my tastes.
i also sometimes listen to podcasts, AM doesnt support this so I need something like Overcast to get my fix, spotify can do this in app.
One final point is when I add a song to a playlist, it adds it to the album section with 1 song, its slightly frustrating this.
however while AM is mostly negative it seems, I do love it, but im on the edge and unsure which way to go as essentially im locking me and my family into a service.