Ease of use

Which is sim­plest to get to know?

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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.

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