Which of the apps is bet­ter?

Mac Format - - RATED -

The com­pe­ti­tion is fierce in this cat­e­gory. And no won­der. Good apps are a must for stream­ing ser­vices, oth­er­wise users will sim­ply tot­ter off else­where.

Rdio’s Mac app is one of our favourites, as it has re­ally easy nav­i­ga­tion and flow to it. It’s what iTunes should be like. Deezer’s Mac app is in beta, but it’s also lovely and very well de­signed. It’s also small, so you can have it as a side­bar on your desk­top, but it gives you ac­cess to all you need. The great thing about Spo­tify’s apps is that they’re fea­ture packed. That’s re­ally what wins the day for Spo­tify here – the playlist­ing is flex­i­ble, while shar­ing of mu­sic and playlists is also fan­tas­tic. As for the oth­ers, browser-based play­back is the way of things on the Mac, so we looked at their iOS apps for this cat­e­gory.

It was dif­fi­cult to pick out a bad app in the group. Play­back is slick and in­stant for the most part (although un­der­stand­ably this isn’t quite the case for the CD-qual­ity stream­ing of­fer­ings).

It’s dif­fi­cult to pick out a bad app – play­back is slick and in­stant for the most part.

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