How do you listen to music?

edited July 2017 in General Discussion Posts: 14,210
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How do you listen to music? We all have our preference when listening to music. Some people find it OK to listen to MP3's on their iPods, while others have big and expensive audio gear. It would be interesting to hear about your preference in audio equipment!


Right now I'm spending time getting my vintage 70's audio gear in working order. I have a pair of bookshelf TL 1210 Tandberg speakers which have had some much needed service - the same with and TA 300m amplifier. I plan to combine these with an Philips GA 312 turntable from the same era, which could make for a good vintage sound. Will be great fun to play a few Barry-scores on vinyl on this! I also have a second 70's Tandberg amplifier, but I will need a set of speakers for that one. I might use it as a secondary audio setup in my bedroom, but until I find a suitable pair of speakers, it's only a decoration piece.

For now though, I have to settle for Spotify on my Macbook...
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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Paradox Hotel
    Posts: 38,287
    For now I listen to Spotify and cassettes. My cd player broke down a while ago, and I haven t owned a record player in years.
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    Hadn't noticed your comment, @Thunderfinger! Sorry about that!
    Long time since the cassette collection have come to use. Got rid of my "main" cassette player a few years ago, as I didn't have the space for it. There's a old Pioneer boombox around here somewhere. Remember it being quite good, so will have to try it out sometime.
  • I have all my music on my PC and have several Bluetooth speakers scattered around my home so I can listen to music in which ever room I am in. I also have all my music on my phone and tablets I have five different sets of headphones when I don't want to upset the neighbours lol

    I stream music from Amazon music store and of course Youtube. Just downloaded Prometheus score to my PC as I type
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    Interesting, @Fire_and_Ice_Returns! Are these separate Bluetooth speakers, or are they connected into a multi-room system?
  • edited October 2017 Posts: 12,390
    Interesting, @Fire_and_Ice_Returns! Are these separate Bluetooth speakers, or are they connected into a multi-room system?

    All separate I do want a multi room set up, I could probably do that with what equipment I have though not looked into it. Though I like the fact I can just send music anywhere at any time, I can walk through the front door and play any music instantly. I have Bluetooth speakers in my living room, gym room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom (water proof). In fact I have three separate speaker set ups in my living room lol
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    Not bad, @Fire_and_Ice_Returns! Will probably have to look into some similar solution when the right time comes. So nice to have music so available, and with so little effort.
    Only have the one Bluetooth speaker, a white Marshall Stanmore, which has some punch to it. There are probably more nuanced speakers out there, but it sure does the work for some heavy rock music! No battery solution for this one, which is a bit of a downside.

    Just recently got another 70's Tandberg radio/receiver, as well as a pair of Tandberg Fasett speakers. Strange/ nice looking speakers, depending on ones taste in design, and quite good sound for their small size. Will probably have to get a solution like Chromecast Audio or a DAB+ receiver for the Tandberg radio, as the FM broadcasting is now being shut down to make way for DAB+ broadcasting.
  • edited October 2017 Posts: 12,390
    Off top of my head the Bluetooth speakers I have are Blaupunkt speaker, two sound bars a Goodmans and a Boss Solo, a Taotronics water proof speaker and a Ks speaker which for its size is good the other speakers I cant remember the makes.

    I have two fire TV boxes and a Roku and a Chromecast so I stream music through them oh and a Xbox One and two tablets as well as my PC. They are all used in different rooms I can get Amazon Prime music on the majority of them. I keep meaning to buy a decent Dab/Clock radio seen a good Sony one I'll get round to it. Most of my tech is just functional though looks ok
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Paradox Hotel
    Posts: 38,287
    Hadn't noticed your comment, @Thunderfinger! Sorry about that!
    Long time since the cassette collection have come to use. Got rid of my "main" cassette player a few years ago, as I didn't have the space for it. There's a old Pioneer boombox around here somewhere. Remember it being quite good, so will have to try it out sometime.

    No worries. Since then I got a new cd player.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited October 2017 Posts: 13,394
    I mostly listen to music on the CD player in my car these days on my way to and from work etc. Also, on the car radio or on You Tube. I don't really listen to CDs at home on my CD player any more for some reason though I used to years ago. Though I'm still relatively young, I've never downloaded any music from the Internet in my life.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
    Posts: 5,835
    I still refuse to do "streaming" (128 kB? you gotta be kidding) and especially pay for it. When I buy music, I still want to receive something physical. No longer vinyl albums (I haven't touched my remaining 400-plus LPs for much of the past thirty years), but CDs nevertheless. Though I admit I have some storage problems with those 2,000-plus CDs (including probably around 350 movie soundtracks), and more than that in DVDs and Blu-rays, I wouldn't want it any other way.

    And I also quit listening to MP3s, even in my car, about two years ago. I want music to be lossless (though I realise that there is improvement over CD/WAV...but nothing really practical or readily available). I compared 320-kB MP3 to WMA lossless versions of the same songs when I got my most recent car (a Jeep Grand Cherokee, WMAL is the only lossless codec it'll play), and found that lossless sounds definitely better, even on the car system. With today's prices for storage, I don't see any reason to settle for less. Likewise, I changed the music on the iPod in our second car, a 2008 BMW 3-series, to Apple Lossless, from mostly MP3.

    By the way, my main music outlet at home are still my 1988-vintage speakers...who I'm sure still sound better than most of the stuff available today when you restrict it to a reasonably premium price range. I hate headphones or (worse) in-ear phones and rather pass on music than using those.

    So I guess I'm still stuck in the 20th century...and I'm enjoying it.

  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    Posts: 4,159
    Good lad @Dragonpol. I, too, have never downloaded songs from this interweb thingy. Surely the internet is for only checking on your favorite Bond websites?

    I have a good-ish sound system - complete with record player! However the speaker wires were rather on the cheap side. They kept coming lose. So, I decided to solder some decent speaker cables. Much better. Forgive the pretentiousness, but it makes the orchestral stuff - the sonic soundscape - sound so clear.

    Ideally I would like to have a system such as @Fire_and_Ice_Returns.
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    Old school analog audio cassettes in my car. For some reason my 21st century car was equipped with cassette as opposed to a CD player.
    I miss my old Panasonic floor stereo with enormous speakers and LP player. Those were the days.
  • I still buy CD's some I get a digital download with so best of both worlds, I have hundreds of DVDs, Blurays and boxsets I like having physical copies also. Having all my music on my devices is convenient more than anything, my phone alone has 128 gb extra memory so easy to store all my music and listen to when out and about.
  • edited October 2017 Posts: 12,279
    I've got a really nice collection of CD's and some of my favourite albums on vinyl as well as all the records my adoptive dad left me (which includes Barry's TLD, he was a man of good taste). But to be fair while nothing can beat a physical collection (I find the same is true with movies and video games) I do love Spotify. I'm a bit of a technophobe but I've found it well worth the money. Perfect for when I'm out and about, great for trying out new music easily and it meant I could sell my old ipod, which was a really welcome relief for me because my laptop is terrible so using itunes was always a hassle, and it's just convinient having all my music on my phone wherever I want it. Although I guess apple music makes it possible to bypass itunes now too, I've had a couple of people tell me I should consider switching because apparently you have access to everything you ever had on itunes as well as what's on there but I've never felt like Spotify's libary was at all limited and from what I know I really can't see much difference between the two and I'm used to spotify, I'm happy with it.
  • edited October 2017 Posts: 14,210
    Off top of my head the Bluetooth speakers I have are Blaupunkt speaker, two sound bars a Goodmans and a Boss Solo, a Taotronics water proof speaker and a Ks speaker which for its size is good the other speakers I cant remember the makes.

    I have two fire TV boxes and a Roku and a Chromecast so I stream music through them oh and a Xbox One and two tablets as well as my PC. They are all used in different rooms I can get Amazon Prime music on the majority of them. I keep meaning to buy a decent Dab/Clock radio seen a good Sony one I'll get round to it. Most of my tech is just functional though looks ok
    Seems like a solid collection! Never thought about it, but I could probably use the Apple TV i have for streaming too. For some reason though, I find playing music through a device hooked up to the TV a bit strange. Like to keep things separate. Then again, I guess one can connect a separate speaker to the TV, which would make things much more interesting.

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    Regarding downloading songs and streaming, I've had varied experiences with both. Ten years ago, small MP3 files was the thing. Usually one would go for lack of quality to have smaller files on the iPod or other MP3-device. Just a few weeks ago I had a quick listen on the old iPod, and the quality felt horrible. I had to take a break at one point too, as the sound felt uncomfortable to listen to. To be honest, I really don't notice much difference in quality from playing Spotify or CD's. Now, my audio stuff is probably not hifi, so that is possibly the reason. I have on the other hand noticed a slight difference between streaming Spotify and playing WAV-files of a few selected albums on my Macbook, listening through a pair of headphones.

    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    By the way, my main music outlet at home are still my 1988-vintage speakers...who I'm sure still sound better than most of the stuff available today when you restrict it to a reasonably premium price range. I hate headphones or (worse) in-ear phones and rather pass on music than using those.

    So I guess I'm still stuck in the 20th century...and I'm enjoying it.
    That period must have been a good time for audio gear. Just last week I found the old family CD player from 1989-ish. It had been lying on the floor on the attic, in a room that can get quite cold in the winter. Plugged it in, fearing that it might not work at all – or have some problems. To my joy it worked just as fine as the last time I used it. Even found the remote it came with, which probably hadn't been used since 1989. It had some dry battery acid inside it, but a bit of kitchen paper with a bit of water on it solved that. Put some new batteries inside the remote, and it worked as new. Don't know if this was regarded as a good CD player at the time, but it's sure built to last. It's even older than me!
  • Off top of my head the Bluetooth speakers I have are Blaupunkt speaker, two sound bars a Goodmans and a Boss Solo, a Taotronics water proof speaker and a Ks speaker which for its size is good the other speakers I cant remember the makes.

    I have two fire TV boxes and a Roku and a Chromecast so I stream music through them oh and a Xbox One and two tablets as well as my PC. They are all used in different rooms I can get Amazon Prime music on the majority of them. I keep meaning to buy a decent Dab/Clock radio seen a good Sony one I'll get round to it. Most of my tech is just functional though looks ok
    Seems like a solid collection! Never thought about it, but I could probably use the Apple TV i have for streaming too. For some reason though, I find playing music through a device hooked up to the TV a bit strange. Like to keep things separate. Then again, I guess one can connect a separate speaker to the TV, which would make things much more interesting.
    All my devices are connected to all my speakers, I never use TV speakers even though they are ok sound bar is far better. When I stream from my better devices the sound quality is good though it's all optical fibre connected.
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    All my devices are connected to all my speakers, I never use TV speakers even though they are ok sound bar is far better. When I stream from my better devices the sound quality is good though it's all optical fibre connected.
    Been thinking about a soundbar for quite some time now. Got rid of my old DVD surround set recently as it took up too much space (and the wires were just about everywhere at times!), and a soundbar seems like a much smarter solution to the wire-problem. Don't know what to look for in a soundbar though, or how much money to spend, etc.
  • All my devices are connected to all my speakers, I never use TV speakers even though they are ok sound bar is far better. When I stream from my better devices the sound quality is good though it's all optical fibre connected.
    Been thinking about a soundbar for quite some time now. Got rid of my old DVD surround set recently as it took up too much space (and the wires were just about everywhere at times!), and a soundbar seems like a much smarter solution to the wire-problem. Don't know what to look for in a soundbar though, or how much money to spend, etc.

    The Boss Solo I have was £200 though probably cheaper now, it does the job it's compact which is what I wanted...

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    I did the same I got rid of my surround sound system took up too much space and was no good with modern tech, I did not bother with music for years though last year or so building up a collection again. I threw away hundreds of cassettes, LP's and 7 inch singles roughly 17 years ago.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
    edited October 2017 Posts: 28,231
    I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.
  • I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I have a few play lists on Youtube mainly movie scores, though I have noticed recently Youtube in the UK at least are tightening up and blocking some tracks due to copyright.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
    Posts: 28,231
    I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I have a few play lists on Youtube mainly movie scores, though I have noticed recently Youtube in the UK at least are tightening up and blocking some tracks due to copyright.

    A tightening of copyright happens stateside too, but I have found some really high quality tracks that were posted with permission from the actual record company that owns the rights, so YouTube don't take down those ones.

    I usually find myself on Spotify these days, however, as you never have to worry about music being taken down on there and you have a lot more freedom to view their library of available songs to make playlists than you do on YouTube, where you have to build playlists from the ground up and can easily have all the songs taken out if an account gets deleted or suspended. On Spotify, however, I can save any playlist for any group I want and can access it in seconds without having to add the songs to my own playlist. They also have any album you could imagine possible available for listening, in a more simple and stress free fashion than YouTube could ever allow with its overseen content and copyright claims. The annoying ads with their shameless promotions are annoying on Spotify, but what you get in return forgives a lot and they have to keep the thing running somehow.
  • I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I have a few play lists on Youtube mainly movie scores, though I have noticed recently Youtube in the UK at least are tightening up and blocking some tracks due to copyright.

    A tightening of copyright happens stateside too, but I have found some really high quality tracks that were posted with permission from the actual record company that owns the rights, so YouTube don't take down those ones.

    I usually find myself on Spotify these days, however, as you never have to worry about music being taken down on there and you have a lot more freedom to view their library of available songs to make playlists than you do on YouTube, where you have to build playlists from the ground up and can easily have all the songs taken out if an account gets deleted or suspended. On Spotify, however, I can save any playlist for any group I want and can access it in seconds without having to add the songs to my own playlist. They also have any album you could imagine possible available for listening, in a more simple and stress free fashion than YouTube could ever allow with its overseen content and copyright claims. The annoying ads with their shameless promotions are annoying on Spotify, but what you get in return forgives a lot and they have to keep the thing running somehow.

    I have never used Spotify or Plex though I registered on both just never got round to setting them up, Amazon Prime music is good especially the play lists they set up based on history of music you have played they have vastly improved the app also it was a bit ropey to start with. I have bought albums on Amazon music I have wanted for years so that was a plus also
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
    Posts: 28,231
    I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I have a few play lists on Youtube mainly movie scores, though I have noticed recently Youtube in the UK at least are tightening up and blocking some tracks due to copyright.

    A tightening of copyright happens stateside too, but I have found some really high quality tracks that were posted with permission from the actual record company that owns the rights, so YouTube don't take down those ones.

    I usually find myself on Spotify these days, however, as you never have to worry about music being taken down on there and you have a lot more freedom to view their library of available songs to make playlists than you do on YouTube, where you have to build playlists from the ground up and can easily have all the songs taken out if an account gets deleted or suspended. On Spotify, however, I can save any playlist for any group I want and can access it in seconds without having to add the songs to my own playlist. They also have any album you could imagine possible available for listening, in a more simple and stress free fashion than YouTube could ever allow with its overseen content and copyright claims. The annoying ads with their shameless promotions are annoying on Spotify, but what you get in return forgives a lot and they have to keep the thing running somehow.

    I have never used Spotify or Plex though I registered on both just never got round to setting them up, Amazon Prime music is good especially the play lists they set up based on history of music you have played they have vastly improved the app also it was a bit ropey to start with. I have bought albums on Amazon music I have wanted for years so that was a plus also

    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, I think you'd enjoy Spotify. As I said, the ads are annoying (I don't know what they'd be like in the UK region) but it's a damn well made service that gives you a massive library of unlimited music, with no caps on your playlist whether you get premium or not with the music being in great quality and variation. I could find anything on there, I feel, and have only encountered a few rare instances when I couldn't find a particular group or artist on there that I wanted. From my perspective it's the greatest thing out there currently for music lovers who want their favorite music to listen to as efficiently as possible with the ability to make comprehensive playlists and easily find new music to enjoy on top of it.
  • I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I have a few play lists on Youtube mainly movie scores, though I have noticed recently Youtube in the UK at least are tightening up and blocking some tracks due to copyright.

    A tightening of copyright happens stateside too, but I have found some really high quality tracks that were posted with permission from the actual record company that owns the rights, so YouTube don't take down those ones.

    I usually find myself on Spotify these days, however, as you never have to worry about music being taken down on there and you have a lot more freedom to view their library of available songs to make playlists than you do on YouTube, where you have to build playlists from the ground up and can easily have all the songs taken out if an account gets deleted or suspended. On Spotify, however, I can save any playlist for any group I want and can access it in seconds without having to add the songs to my own playlist. They also have any album you could imagine possible available for listening, in a more simple and stress free fashion than YouTube could ever allow with its overseen content and copyright claims. The annoying ads with their shameless promotions are annoying on Spotify, but what you get in return forgives a lot and they have to keep the thing running somehow.

    I have never used Spotify or Plex though I registered on both just never got round to setting them up, Amazon Prime music is good especially the play lists they set up based on history of music you have played they have vastly improved the app also it was a bit ropey to start with. I have bought albums on Amazon music I have wanted for years so that was a plus also

    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, I think you'd enjoy Spotify. As I said, the ads are annoying (I don't know what they'd be like in the UK region) but it's a damn well made service that gives you a massive library of unlimited music, with no caps on your playlist whether you get premium or not with the music being in great quality and variation. I could find anything on there, I feel, and have only encountered a few rare instances when I couldn't find a particular group or artist on there that I wanted. From my perspective it's the greatest thing out there currently for music lovers who want their favorite music to listen to as efficiently as possible with the ability to make comprehensive playlists and easily find new music to enjoy on top of it.

    When I am back home I'll take a look at Spotify I know I have it installed on my PC, I am quite minimalist with services I have tried online if something works I usually don't try others. I do stream iTunes also though that's for podcasts, I enjoy TV and movie discussion podcasts.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
    Posts: 28,231
    I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I have a few play lists on Youtube mainly movie scores, though I have noticed recently Youtube in the UK at least are tightening up and blocking some tracks due to copyright.

    A tightening of copyright happens stateside too, but I have found some really high quality tracks that were posted with permission from the actual record company that owns the rights, so YouTube don't take down those ones.

    I usually find myself on Spotify these days, however, as you never have to worry about music being taken down on there and you have a lot more freedom to view their library of available songs to make playlists than you do on YouTube, where you have to build playlists from the ground up and can easily have all the songs taken out if an account gets deleted or suspended. On Spotify, however, I can save any playlist for any group I want and can access it in seconds without having to add the songs to my own playlist. They also have any album you could imagine possible available for listening, in a more simple and stress free fashion than YouTube could ever allow with its overseen content and copyright claims. The annoying ads with their shameless promotions are annoying on Spotify, but what you get in return forgives a lot and they have to keep the thing running somehow.

    I have never used Spotify or Plex though I registered on both just never got round to setting them up, Amazon Prime music is good especially the play lists they set up based on history of music you have played they have vastly improved the app also it was a bit ropey to start with. I have bought albums on Amazon music I have wanted for years so that was a plus also

    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, I think you'd enjoy Spotify. As I said, the ads are annoying (I don't know what they'd be like in the UK region) but it's a damn well made service that gives you a massive library of unlimited music, with no caps on your playlist whether you get premium or not with the music being in great quality and variation. I could find anything on there, I feel, and have only encountered a few rare instances when I couldn't find a particular group or artist on there that I wanted. From my perspective it's the greatest thing out there currently for music lovers who want their favorite music to listen to as efficiently as possible with the ability to make comprehensive playlists and easily find new music to enjoy on top of it.

    When I am back home I'll take a look at Spotify I know I have it installed on my PC, I am quite minimalist with services I have tried online if something works I usually don't try others. I do stream iTunes also though that's for podcasts, I enjoy TV and movie discussion podcasts.

    If you do pursue Spotify I wouldn't bother paying anything extra for it. The only thing premium gives you is ad free music from what I understand, and that's never a big enough issue to bother with for me. You only get the ads about every 10 to 15 minutes for a short time, so it's not a massive deal.
  • I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I have a few play lists on Youtube mainly movie scores, though I have noticed recently Youtube in the UK at least are tightening up and blocking some tracks due to copyright.

    A tightening of copyright happens stateside too, but I have found some really high quality tracks that were posted with permission from the actual record company that owns the rights, so YouTube don't take down those ones.

    I usually find myself on Spotify these days, however, as you never have to worry about music being taken down on there and you have a lot more freedom to view their library of available songs to make playlists than you do on YouTube, where you have to build playlists from the ground up and can easily have all the songs taken out if an account gets deleted or suspended. On Spotify, however, I can save any playlist for any group I want and can access it in seconds without having to add the songs to my own playlist. They also have any album you could imagine possible available for listening, in a more simple and stress free fashion than YouTube could ever allow with its overseen content and copyright claims. The annoying ads with their shameless promotions are annoying on Spotify, but what you get in return forgives a lot and they have to keep the thing running somehow.

    I have never used Spotify or Plex though I registered on both just never got round to setting them up, Amazon Prime music is good especially the play lists they set up based on history of music you have played they have vastly improved the app also it was a bit ropey to start with. I have bought albums on Amazon music I have wanted for years so that was a plus also

    @Fire_and_Ice_Returns, I think you'd enjoy Spotify. As I said, the ads are annoying (I don't know what they'd be like in the UK region) but it's a damn well made service that gives you a massive library of unlimited music, with no caps on your playlist whether you get premium or not with the music being in great quality and variation. I could find anything on there, I feel, and have only encountered a few rare instances when I couldn't find a particular group or artist on there that I wanted. From my perspective it's the greatest thing out there currently for music lovers who want their favorite music to listen to as efficiently as possible with the ability to make comprehensive playlists and easily find new music to enjoy on top of it.

    When I am back home I'll take a look at Spotify I know I have it installed on my PC, I am quite minimalist with services I have tried online if something works I usually don't try others. I do stream iTunes also though that's for podcasts, I enjoy TV and movie discussion podcasts.

    If you do pursue Spotify I wouldn't bother paying anything extra for it. The only thing premium gives you is ad free music from what I understand, and that's never a big enough issue to bother with for me. You only get the ads about every 10 to 15 minutes for a short time, so it's not a massive deal.

    I'll see if I can find it on google store on my tablet now, good advice I rarely pay to remove adds.
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    The Boss Solo I have was £200 though probably cheaper now, it does the job it's compact which is what I wanted...

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    I did the same I got rid of my surround sound system took up too much space and was no good with modern tech, I did not bother with music for years though last year or so building up a collection again. I threw away hundreds of cassettes, LP's and 7 inch singles roughly 17 years ago.

    £200 seems like a decent price for a soundbar. Checking out some prices online, it seems like this is the typical price it costs for a good soundbar – and upwards if one has some cash to spend. I'll keep an eye out for the Solo and similar ones. Thanks for the tips!

    I've listened to music a variety of ways throughout the years. First it was just turning on the radio, then I dabbled in listening on an iPod (I still do that when I'm out walking and need a tune to lose myself in) but most of what I listen to know is through Spotify or playlists on YouTube. The latter is great because I can separate my music interests for what I like to listen to and created unique playlists to an endless degree. On YouTube I've got a Sinatra playlist, one for Celtic music and some more general music playlists to put anything I'm interested in at the moment, and a lot of that gets copied to my Spotify one that is just a gigantic history of what I've listened to in the last three to four years.

    My brain attaches a memory or feeling to a lot of the music I hear, so going back thousands of songs and hearing a particular one from the past immediately attaches me to what I was doing the first time I discovered a certain song or the mood I was in that first attracted me to its sound.

    I like the simplicity of Spotify. Easy to create playlists (I have about one for any genre and favourite artists), and easy to use in general. I would guess the same thing is the case for most streaming services, but there are exceptions. Like with you, @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, many of those playlists are a musical trip through the last few years. It's fun to go back and see what you added to different playlists five-six years ago. Some stuff is just as good as when you first discovered it, some is not!

    Never used Youtube too much for music purposes, though. It's great for live clips, and tracks/albums that are not available on Spotify. As I'm writing this, the For Your Eyes Only score is in the background. For some reason, it has never been available on Spotify.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    @Torgeirtrap, I'm the type to listen to music too often, such that I have to go searching for a heap load of new songs when I hear the new ones to death, or I go back and listen to old selections that now feel fresh in comparison. It's horrible to feel as if you've got nothing new to listen to for a moment.

    I agree on YouTube, a good back up to Spotify. Some of the stuff that I lament not being on Spotify is most of the Bond scores, so I have all the Bond stuff I can find on YouTube bookmarked for later listening.
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    @Torgeirtrap, I'm the type to listen to music too often, such that I have to go searching for a heap load of new songs when I hear the new ones to death, or I go back and listen to old selections that now feel fresh in comparison. It's horrible to feel as if you've got nothing new to listen to for a moment.

    I agree on YouTube, a good back up to Spotify. Some of the stuff that I lament not being on Spotify is most of the Bond scores, so I have all the Bond stuff I can find on YouTube bookmarked for later listening.

    This sounds very familiar. I have music on most of the time too, but struggle to find new favourites. Luckily there are genres and artists I rarely get tired of, but even those need a break sometimes. What I do, is to play music from certain albums and artists only during the weekends, just to keep things fresh. Strange, but it works.

    This is probably an admission of needing more music to choose from, but at the same time it's difficult to find new music. So much bad music, and so little really good music.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    @Torgeirtrap, I don't have a clear idea of what your tastes are, but if I had an idea maybe I could recommend some modern groups/artists (or even those of the far past) that may catch your fancy?
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