Does India Really Need Spotify?

Posted at September 6th, 2016 | by Sidhantha Jain | in

Spotify is undoubtedly the best streaming service in the world, however, it still has to make its way to India. Call it an opportusnity or need of the hour, home brewed software developers are leaving no stone unturned in order to provide music lovers with a well-deserved Spotify alternative. Here is our comparative study of the currently available subscription-based music streaming services.
Keeping in mind that most of the users prefer a free usage, we’re not going to discuss pricing models here.


• Personal curation is top notch
• Easy navigation
• Airtel friendly

• Too many ads
• Sloppy UI
• Finite web availability


• Vibrant UI
• Available on all platforms
• Integrated social media support

• Too many notifications
• Narrow library


• Simple interface
• Search feature is the best here
• Satisfactorymusic library

• Curation needs work
• Sudden app crashes
• Not available on all platforms


• Exceptional international music catalogue
• Simple design
• Available on all platforms

• Indian music is exhaustive
• Restrictive software

Guvera Music

• Excellent web view
• Big international library

• Needs more reach
• Windows app is missing
• Ads are too bothersome


• Automatic downloads are a plus
• Indian music collection is good
• Recommendations are worth a mention

• Inferior international musiclibrary
• Confusing UI
• Inconsistent search results are irritating


• Great for previews and unreleased material
• Widely used by producers
• High quality
• Social media features are the best

• No radio feature
• Shitty upload regulations
• App often hangs

Apple Music

• Best music library
• High quality guaranteed
• Very organized
• Beats 1 Radio is unbeatable

• Slow app functionality
• Needs high speed internet
• Windows usability is limited as compared to Mac

Our take

As it turns out, there’s no clear winner here! Each application has its own USPs which are second to none but at the same time suffer from certain flaws which cannot be ignored! Even though we love Soundcloud when it comes specifically to Electronic Dance Music, we need a vote from your side, which app do you use and is Spotify actually needed in India?

Sidhantha Jain

I love EDM, it loves me back. It pays for my food bills.


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