Content of the material
This app contains four major components, each serving as a page for the component’s content:
Browse(also the home page)
There are three support components:
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Spotify has the best music discovery algorithms and the slickest, snappiest user interface. It led me down rabbit holes to find new artists and old favorites, based on what I've already liked and listened to on the app. The free tier, with advertisements, defaults to a low-quality 96-Kbps streaming bit rate, but you can bump it up to 160 Kbps. For $10 a month, the Premium tier ditches ads entirely and streams up to 320 Kbps, which is the standard streaming quality these days. If you're looking for lossless, a Spotify HiFi tier is on its way, but there's still no launch date. There are now more than 82 million tracks on Spotify, up from its claimed “more than 70 million” the last time we updated this article in July 2021. That is, minus the catalogs of Neil Young, (some of) Joni Mitchell, and others who requested that Spotify remove their songs in protest of Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan's chronic spreading of Covid misinformation. Spotify lets you add an unlimited number of songs to your personal library, as well, and you can put up to 10,000 in each playlist. If you turn on social sharing, you can see what your friends have been listening to and create sessions where a group simultaneously streams a playlist. Downsides? There's now an option on each Artist page to listen to only the songs of theirs you've liked, which is a very welcome change. Senior writer Lauren Goode also has more tips for getting the most out of Spotify.
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Soundcloud started as a service for musicians to easily share and preview tracks with collaborators and fans, but it’s become a great platform for music discovery.
Right on the top of the main page, you’ll see what’s trending, and you can also see various trending playlists. Click through and you’ll see new arrivals, various charts of the most played tracks, and more.
If you’ve been looking for music recommendations on the web for a while, you might be familiar with Last.fm because it’s been around quite a while.
This service integrates into music apps and streaming services and tracks your listening habits to give you new recommendations. Because it works across services and apps, this is a great option for someone who listens to music in a lot of different places.
The Album Component
When the audience clicks an artist name on the
Browse page, they’d expect to see a list of the artist’s featured albums. For that to happen, we create a separate component that serves as the album page. We then click an artist name on the
Browse page to see what should be on that album list. For now, only breadcrumbs are displayed; let’s generate an album list.
Before making the call to the server for a list of an artist’s albums, we need a component to display that list. For that purpose, we create a component called
AlbumList, which we loop through and then display the list of items as a component property.
AlbumList receives two properties:
items, the list of albums
cl, the Cloudinary library for image transformation
The album list is now all set, showing the albums on the
Album page. As a nice touch, show the artist’s image on the
Amazon Music Unlimited
The best for value
Why you should subscribe: Amazon Prime members get two million tracks for free, and it’s only $8 per month for millions more.
Who it’s for: Amazon Prime subscribers who want to keep it all in the family.
How much it will cost: Two million tracks free with Amazon Prime subscription, $8 per month (with Prime) for 50 million tracks on-demand, $10 per month (without Prime) for on-demand, $5 per month for students, $15 per month for up to six family members, $79 annual solo plan, $149 annual family plan, $15 per month for HD music, $20 per month for HD music for families.
Why we picked Amazon Music:
Although the music streaming industry agrees on the value of services, it’s always worth pointing out opportunities for savings. Amazon Music Unlimited is the standard $10 per month for individuals, but you can knock $2 off if you also have an Amazon Prime membership. You’d expect major gaps for the discount, but Amazon has an extensive library with over 60 million tracks.
The service is standard fare for music streaming, only Alexa lends her talents and expertise to help you discover new music and control playback with your voice. Amazon Music features offline downloads, a karaoke-style lyrics engine, and deep integration with Amazon’s Fire and Echo family of devices (plus anything else you can find Alexa on).
As a bonus, audiophiles will find the best alternative to Tidal’s high-fidelity audio streaming in Amazon Music Unlimited’s HD tier. You’re paying extra for the privilege, but the added cost unlocks access to CD-quality 16-bit/44.1kHz (minimum) sound. Amazon offers almost all of its catalog at that level, but it advertises a select few as Ultra HD at 24-bit/192kHz. The HD tier is $5 cheaper than the Jay-Z-owned service, too.
You’re not required to sign up for Amazon Prime to join Music Unlimited, but you should if you’re a frequent shopper of theirs. Besides the two million tracks included with your subscription (which you can test out with a free Amazon Prime trial), you’ll enjoy fast, cheap, and often free shipping, Amazon Prime Video access, free Kindle books, unlimited photo storage, and gobs more.
What Is Lossless or Spatial Audio?Making Sense of Top-Tier Audio Quality
Lossless audio quality is the new holy grail marketing term for music streaming apps in 2022, kind of like the megapixel wars of digital SLR cameras in the 2000s. Most popular music services use a form of lossy compression, which encodes music files and discards less distinguishable bits of data in the song, so that files take up far less storage space. Lossless compression, by comparison, keeps every bit of data, so you won't miss a single nuance from that live recording. A lossless music file generally streams at 1,411 Kbps, compared to a more typical lossy file that generally streams from around 256 Kbps to 320 Kbps. You may also see the term “spatial audio,” which is a feature that Apple Music recently added. Spatial audio uses Dolby Atmos technology to allow artists to mix music so that you hear the sound from around you and above, for a much more immersive quality. However, you will need Apple-made headphones with an H1 or W1 chip to enjoy Apple Music's lossless tracks.