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.

Wynk

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

Cons:
• Too many ads
• Sloppy UI
• Finite web availability

Gaana

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

Cons:
• Too many notifications
• Narrow library
http://gaana.com/

Saavn

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

Cons:
• Curation needs work
• Sudden app crashes
• Not available on all platforms
www.saavn.com/

Rdio

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

Cons:
• Indian music is exhaustive
• Restrictive software
https://www.rdio.com/

Guvera Music

Pros:
• Excellent web view
• Big international library

Cons:
• Needs more reach
• Windows app is missing
• Ads are too bothersome
https://www.guvera.com/

Hungama

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

Cons:
• Inferior international musiclibrary
• Confusing UI
• Inconsistent search results are irritating
www.hungama.com/

SoundCloud

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

Cons:
• No radio feature
• Shitty upload regulations
• App often hangs
https://soundcloud.com/

Apple Music

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

Cons:
• Slow app functionality
• Needs high speed internet
• Windows usability is limited as compared to Mac
www.apple.com/in/music/

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?
https://www.spotify.com/

Sidhantha Jain

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

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