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Streaming Music Service Recommendation

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Looking for a good streaming service for music.  I currently use the free version of Pandora on my tablet but was looking to get rid of the commercials.  Main focuses are.....

Price - Good yearly sub would be nice.

Selection - Different genres, good mix/music shuffle
Reliability - streaming, up time, quality
Availability - Looking for a service that has support/apps crossed all platforms.  Meaning, iOS, Android, WP, desktop systems.
Streaming - A service with Chromecast support, and/or streaming support for the X1, would be preferable.  I do stream music a lot to my home stereo system.

 

If giving a recommendation, please actually use or have used the service.

 

Thanks

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Currently I have Google Play Music All Access (let's call this GPMAA), and Xbox Music. GPMAA has a great selection, never seen it go down, quality is up to 320kbps (depending on connection), has Chromecast support. It's supported on Android, iOS (iPad is supposedly getting a tablet version), desktop, not sure about WP. It works with Chromecast, and sounds great on my home theater. I highly recommend this service, especially if you have Android or iOS. I locked it in at $7.99/month but it's $9.99/month now for new customers, I believe. 

 

Xbox Music, selection is not so up to my standards - late releases for certain albums (like Deadmau5's newest albums). Supported on basically everything, not sure about Chromecast support (although Xbox 360/One will take care of this). Subscription is cheaper than GPMAA ($99/year). I got it for the low price of $30/year last December, so clearly a winner here in this department. The service is really clunky, and doesn't work well for me.

 

I've also used Spotify, which has more social aspects tied into it, has an excellent song selection, and is also supported on basically all mobile OS's/desktop. 

 

Out of the three, I like GPMAA the most. 

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I really like Spotify. 

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Spotify rocks! ('scuse the pun!)

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Does spotify allow for shuffling a cross a while genre and not just specific artists or what you add to your playlist?

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