Ease of use
Which is simplest to get to know?
Blinkbox is free to sign up for, simple to navigate and has different stations you can listen to. As such, it’s easy to use but limited. Tidal can seem a little difficult to navigate at first – there are so many curated playlists and albums on offer that it bewilders. It’s a problem that Spotify used to suffer from before it improved its apps. Deezer, Google, Spotify and Rdio are all complex services, but all have done a lot of work to ensure everything is reasonably easy to find.
All of these services offer playlisting, but collections of starred, favourited or playlisted music have the potential to become unwieldy, so each service offers something to help with this – Rdio has ‘favourites’, for example, while Spotify has My Music, essentially somewhere you can save music if you want to quickly get back to it. Google organises your own music in My Library. The most complicated bit with any of these services is often navigating the payment screens and downloading the apps themselves.
Tidal can seem difficult to navigate at first, as there’s so much curated content.