War Between The Three Music Platforms: Tidal, Spotify, and YouTube Music

First of all, I would like to say that I used all of these music platforms, and still, I am not happy with my decision. All opinions depend on my observation, so you do not have to decide through them. At the end of the blog, you can see my grade for them.

For four years, I used Spotify. Then, I left. Because:

  • They changed the user interface, and it was not useful for me. I had a routine, and they broke it many times. (5/10)
  • Their music quality was not enough for me. (6/10)
  • They do not use machine learning, and it is obvious. They did not understand what I listen to in the mornings, what is my favorite music etc. Also, their music recommendations are not okay for me. (2/10)
  • They think I got my membership two years ago. (1/10) (I gave 1 point because at least they knew I was a member.)
  • When I searched for albums, I saw different playlists created by users, and they were not what I was looking for. For instance, you want to listen to your favorite movie’s soundtrack album, and when you type its name, you would see many lists from other users, and most of the time, they are all wrong. (2/10)
  • Their feature lets you share music on Instagram stories. It is a plus. (8/10)
  • Customer service is not fast. It can be because they have more members. Who knows? (4/10)
  • They created a playlist for everything. Seriously for everything! Enough. When people have many choices, they spend more time choosing, and it makes stress. It is a scientific fact. Fewer options, less time, more happiness. (2/10)
  • Their desktop app is smooth and working well. Also, you can use copy and paste commands. Mobil app is good. (9/10)
  • You can search for a song on your favorite music list. (10/10)
  • You cannot visit all the artists’ profile of the song. (1/10)
  • They have at least 2 bugs I can find.

I signed up for Tidal. Better experience! Because:

  • The user interface is better than Spotify. You can easily see what you want. (8/10)
  • Music quality is the best. Note that you need a good headphone. (9/10)
  • I do not know how they succeed in this, but their music recommendations are excellent! (9/10)
  • They celebrated my birthday. It is not a must, of course, but a kind act. Thank you Tidal, you made my membership experience better. (9/10)
  • Customizing is less in here. If you search for a soundtrack album, you get the right one. That is it. (9/10)
  • Their “share on Instagram stories” feature is not working recently. (1/10)
  • Customer service is working well and fast. (8/10)
  • Playlists are like they should be. Less and easy to find one for your need. (9/10)
  • The desktop app is working well. No copy and paste commands. Mobil app is good. (8/10)
  • You can search for a song on your favorite music list. (10/10)
  • You can visit all the artists’ profile of the song. (10/10)
  • They have music videos, and you can listen and watch them too.
  • They have at least 4 bugs I can find.

I tried YouTube Music. I wouldn’t say I liked it much, but I can switch; still, I am thinking about it. Because:

  • The user interface is straightforward and pleasing. (9/10)
  • Music quality is the same as Spotify; I like Tidal most. (6/10)
  • Music recommendations based on locations mostly and someone has to remind that fact to the YouTube crew, “WE DO NOT HAVE TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF COUNTRY WE LIVE IN. WE DO NOT HAVE TO LOVE THE MUSIC TASTE OF THE COUNTRY WE LIVE IN.” Does Google know everything about us but not music taste? Stop being funny. (4/10)
  • I am tired of seeing “Get a membership, be a member” ads, but the price is fair. ( 6/10)
  • The customizing curse is on again. When you search for something, you can scream for help. One music should have one song or video. I do not want to see fan-made songs or videos. If your customer profile wants to see it, at least give us an option to close that feature. (2/10)
  • No “share on Instagram.” (0/10)
  • Customer service is not bad. (8/10)
  • Playlists are not much or not less. Good. I hope they continue like that. (7/10)
  • No desktop app. You can use PWA. Mobil app is slow. (2/10)
  • You can’t search for a song on your favorite music list. (0/10)
  • You cannot visit all the artists’ profile of the song. (1/10)
  • They have music videos and lyrics. Switching is easy, that is good.
  • If you liked a music video on YouTube, those music videos are also automatically added to your list. I did not like that feature because some videos are not music videos, but their category is “music,” so I see them. Enough.
  • They have at least 8 bugs I can find.

Spotify = 51/110 Points

Tidal = 90/110 Points

YouTube Music = 45/110 Points

You have read my experiences with three different music platforms. Music is essential for me, and I am not too fond of switching platforms. But also, I do not want to pay or use a horrible user experience. I only wrote about features that I care about.

The final result: I already missed you, Tidal. Please expand your music library. I will be using YouTube Music for this month; after that, I will go back. YouTube can buy all songs in the world; still, it is not enough. I am tired of seeing MVPs as a finished product. You are Google; you are YouTube, not an entry-level startup.

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