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NSB
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Thinking of switching to Google Play Music, ad even though I enjoy all that is Spotify, unless I can get 10,000 songs on my phone, my subscription is rendered pretty useless... Google Play has no download limits, but it would be a sad day if I had to ditch Spotify so I could enjoy the new Beatles anthology album in its entirety offline...

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

NSB
Music Fan
Just spoke to Google rep "Joey" who stated unequivocally that there is NO download limit on their subscription service (which costs the exact same amount per month as Spotify), plus, I can migrate up to 50,000 non-Spotify songs to their server as well, so even if there is a shadow download limit of 20,000 songs as some have stated in this thread, I'm way ahead on Google. This REALLY grinds my gears (-family guy), and to think I'll spend every free moment the next few weeks researching my Spotify music and adding it to Google just is insanity, however since Spotify was not up front about this 3,333 x 3 = 10,000 stuff in their product literature (and it actually equals 9,999 Spotify, so where is my free ten thousandth song going to land?), I must now engage in such insanity. Shame on you for not staying competitive at worst and truthful at best Spotify... You've actively lost about 60% of the users on this thread (anecdotally), and if someone was smart about this, they'd file to get our subscription money back as we sat for "x" amount of time, paying you while waiting for music to sync in disbelief! Garbage!!!

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

octodur
Roadie

Well good luck in finding all your music mate. I did a tedious search on how to switch over to something else than Spotify a while back. To be honest, the other services couldnt find 1 out of 3 songs. This just wraps it up for me.

 

And please, google music, haha, have fun navigating that on your phone mate. 98% of the time i cant even see what is playing, browsing your music is totaly insanly bad. In general the GUI of that "app" is just so back to the 80ties that its not even funny it came from the giant google.

 

Nevertheless i wish you luck, i was once in your shoes as well, now im a happy Spotify premium user after seeing what the allternatives are...=)

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

Swanny
Community Legend
Hi @NSB, just to clarify, the 3,333 x 3 limit is only for songs saved offline. You could hypothetically store all songs in playlists and save a selection offline at a time.

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

rille2
Casual Listener

@octodur

What music are you listening? I found everything at the other streaming services too. If there were some songs that are not available, the same songs were not available at the other streaming services.

 

The Google Play Music App works fine at Android, for me more reliable as Spotify, Rdio or Deezer. Also Google has the best integration of your own music and you can use it in a family (max. 6 persons) for 15 EUR per month. Of course, the app could be better. They should let me the choice how to display the list of artists. A normal list (not the big tiles) would be better.

 

@NSB

Try another service. You have at least 30 days of a free test period. I went away from Spotify just a while ago and will nether come back even if they would dispose the limit.

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

richbigman
Music Fan
I tried Deezer for a few weeks. They have as wide a catalogue as spotify,
but I found the spotify interface faster, more reliable and more intuitive.
Im going to stick with spotify for the moment. But the limit is very
annoying as you only need to listen offline on one device.

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

jpinto3488
Regular

the best alternative is probably apple music, which is getting better day after day. While spotify looks always the same, with the same annoying 3'333 songs limit.

I have a 128GB ipad in my car and can't get the benefit of the whole storage space because of spotify

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

octodur
Roadie

@rille2 wrote:

@@octodur

What music are you listening? I found everything at the other streaming services too. If there were some songs that are not available, the same songs were not available at the other streaming services.

 

The Google Play Music App works fine at Android, for me more reliable as Spotify, Rdio or Deezer. Also Google has the best integration of your own music and you can use it in a family (max. 6 persons) for 15 EUR per month. Of course, the app could be better. They should let me the choice how to display the list of artists. A normal list (not the big tiles) would be better.

 

 



@rille2, I have a broad taste mate, it will just confuse you =)

 

Everything from Himachal Pradesh music: https://open.spotify.com/track/6hnRWgM4O06Bz1zSN5Ql9O

 

Old bollywood: https://open.spotify.com/track/6BmTsp2hjP2hkbEjFjhbL2

 

Didgeridoo: https://open.spotify.com/track/5UDlUWtmUwKoBrAjUtGaN5

 

Suomisound: https://open.spotify.com/track/2Ru9qksvy3ovX1iVP17RRu

 

Balkan music: https://open.spotify.com/track/1x7zcyWdaFTnINVmFb8pRa

 

Chiptunes: https://open.spotify.com/track/6JvrByUUlqZLDiyufnRRyw

 

Goa Trance: https://open.spotify.com/track/3wOAunmMdaMmSxs400cJX6

 

African Music: https://open.spotify.com/track/79pjd4nGakx3NHaJXCIBGC

 

Swedish Folk Music: https://open.spotify.com/track/13dx5AxXB6533G71ZV5WaE

 

Riddim: https://open.spotify.com/track/458QjTiw5RL2CovxJ1ison

 

Jewharp from Lativia: https://open.spotify.com/track/7KqZEq2OmUP43T0Hz2e6ki

 

More swedish Folk/etno: https://open.spotify.com/track/1O93tX0EveCWat8UXCXAqz

 

Swami Narayanan: https://open.spotify.com/track/4qTaxupanV0dyeE6W28qrK

 

Music i found last year in Arambol, Goa, India: https://open.spotify.com/track/3eqYbgAHl3Bmf8ursiYkOD

 

 

So you can see, I am VERY diverse in my taste and i want to have the availability to listen to what ever i want at what time. I am couriuos though if you will find any of these tracks on another service. Last time i tried to switch was more than 1,5 years ago. Im sure 10-30% will be available but most of them wont.

 

The app for google, sure works fine, pretty ok fast, but the GUI is just horrid mate. I used to work with Graphics art and sometimes made gui's myself and the interface for google music...i have no words. I gave it a month to try to get used to it but just got anyoyed i cant see wtd is playing atm, not with full name at least. And a lot lot more that made me not erase Spotify =)

Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

NSB
Music Fan
Hey all,

So I'm now in the trial phase of Google Play Music and have to say that
while my tastes are not as diverse as some out there (@rillie2- what a
list!), I have found about 90% (+/-) of what I was listening to on Spotify
on the new platform.. An eclectic mix of music spanning centuries, styles
and continents. Most of the responses I've read are hating on the GUI, and
I must admit, it's taking some getting used to, but I do wonder how much of
it is just my instinctual, "Spotify-ied" outlook on music services, vs. how
much actually relates to a poor design.

I will say that unless I'm doing something horribly wrong (and would be
embarrassed if so given my tech background), that Google Play Music makes
it harder to download individual tracks, pushing you to eat the whole album
download, as opposed to simply grabbing a single cut like on Spotify, but
in the process of rebuilding my offline library, by downloading whole
albums as opposed to single tracks, by the time I was at the letter "F" or
"G" in my collection, I had already surpassed the 3,333 nonsense # Spotify
had limited me to.

I've heard good things about Apple Music to respond to one or two posts in
this thread, but as I'm a solid Android/PC guy, Apple Music simply won't
cut it for me.

To conclude, I will say that I've already switched out a smaller microSD
card I was using previously with Spotify, for a larger capacity one while
downloading my library in Google Music, as it seems whether due to audio
quality or bloat, that the albums I downloaded at high or extreme quality
on Spotify, now require much more room using Google's services (thankfully
I have many a memory solution on hand at any point in time). That is
something to certainly consider if you're stuck with a closed system iPhone
that has a set amount of memory- that said, if you're an Apple person, I'd
wager you'd be trying their service before Google's anyways.

The real complaint I have is that I've now replaced the essential aspects
of my offline Spotify library, however the download time on the 5G wireless
router band, connected to a 100/100MBs fiber-based internet service to
replace those tracks has been abysmal... I have a U3 rated, 90MB/s write
speed, microSD card in my phone, however downloading this music has been an
ordeal to say the least... The download process is VERY slow, and as I have
a fast write memory location, with blazing internet speeds, I must conclude
that this shortcoming falls on Google.

I will be giving this new interface a fair shake before destroying it in
these forums, as having gotten used to Spotify, it may be I might just need
to get used to Google, however at this point I agree with most of you that
Spotify's UI wins right now. My free 30 days has just started, and at over
4,500 offline songs and still counting, my initial feeling is that despite
some drawbacks, I'm finally limitless in my offline music... Something to
relish when you only listen offline on one device (like many normal
humans), but I will keep everyone updated.

I still leave everyone with one nagging question: If we're entitled by
Spotify to 3,333 songs over 3 devices, that adds to 9,999 songs, SO...
Where does that magical #10,000th song end up going?! :-)

Happy listening all!
-NSB

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Re: Limit to 'offline' playlists?

richbigman
Music Fan
Good to read your update. Keep us posted.
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