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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2017

    Which Streaming Music Service works best for You and your system?

    I absolutely love my LMS system. I have either Windows PC's or Android Devices in most every section of my home that I sync music to on and off depending on various family member moods all day long. We use it all the time for lots of things.

    We're just now considering a subscribing to a music streaming service. But we're not sure which one will work the best for us. We've just signed up for a Spotify trial as we like the various selections of 50's to 70's Jazz they have on board. We like the deep cuts they have and the large selection. But we're still working on getting it setup to interface and stream through LMS so we can listen throughout the house.

    So, we're looking for feedback from the Squeezebox Community as to which Music Streaming Services might be the most popular and easiest to configure with the widest selection available.

    All feedback graciously appreciated.

    Johnson City, TN

  2. #2
    I use Spotify, mostly to audition albums before I decide to buy them...

    Home: Raspberry Pi 3/piCoreplayer/LMS7.9.2 with files on QNAP TS-251A
    Touch > DacMagic 100 > Naim Audio Nait 3 > Mission 752 (plus Rega Planar 3 > Rega Fono Mini; Naim CD3)
    PiCorePlayer(Pi2) with IQAudIO DAC+>Sennheisers
    2 x Squeezebox Radios, 1 X Squeezebox 3 (retired), spare Pi2/piCorePlayer
    Office: LMS7.9.2 running on WiFi MyPassport drive > piCorePlayer(PiB)/HiFiBerryDAC > Amptastic Amplifier
    SqueezePad, iPeng as controllers


  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    deezer here

    I used to use Spotify, but changed when they did.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Cheshire, UK
    Given the work Michael has done on the Spotty plugin Spotify is the best integration with LMS imho.
    VB2.4 storage QNAP TS419p (NFS)
    Living Room - Joggler & SB3 -> Onkyo TS606 -> Celestion F20s
    Office - Pi3+Sreen -> Sony TAFE320 -> Celestion F10s / Pi2+DAC & SB3 -> Onkyo CRN755 -> Wharfedale Modus Cubes
    Dining Room -> SB Boom
    Kitchen -> UE Radio (upgraded to SB Radio)
    Bedroom (Bedside) - Pi2+DAC ->ToppingTP21 ->AKG Headphones
    Bedroom (TV) - SB Touch ->Sherwood AVR ->Mordaunt Short M10s
    Everything controlled by iPeng

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    I use Spotify and was ready to look elsewhere and then the Spotty plugin made everything about as good as I could ask.

    I mostly use Spotify to try before I buy music. Admittedly, most music I listen to on Spotify I listen to once and never again, or through automatic playlists, which serve me more like a radio. Consequently, I rarely listen to an album more than once on Spotify and I buy much less music.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Cambridge, UK
    I use Deezer hifi (FLAC quality) via the Ickstream LMS plugin

    The plugin is fairly basic, but playback works perfectly, at least. It only shows the first 200 of your favourite albums, which is annoying, but it's easy enough to search the entire Deezer collection via the plugin, so it doesn't really matter.

    Can't compare to the others, since I've not tried them.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    United States
    I use Spotify, via the Spotty plugin. Works very nicely in my LMS system.
    Home: VBA 4TB (2.4)>LMS 7.9.1>Transporter, Touch, Boom, Radio (all ethernet)
    Cottage: VBA 3TB (2.4)>LMS 7.9.1>Touch>Benchmark DAC I, Boom, Radio w/Battery (ethernet, Radio WIFI)
    Office: Win10(64)>LMS 7.9.2>Squeezelite
    The Wild (no internet): PiCorePlayer 4.0 on rPi 3B+, hifiberry Dac+Pro, 4TB USB (LMS & Squeezelite)
    Controllers: iPhone6 & iPadAir2 (iPeng), CONTROLLER, or SqueezePlay 7.8 on Win10(64) laptop
    Files: ripping: dbpa > FLAC; post-rip: mp3tag, PerfectTunes; Streaming: Spotify

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Spotify - has the widest range of playing devices ... LMS, smart speakers, windows web, Sonos, TV
    LMS server: Pi Zero

    Amp: Denon PMA-50

    Players/Speakers: Touch, Logitech Radios, Sonos, Libratone Zipp, GGMM E2 & E3, Yamaha WXAD-010, Loewe Airspeaker, Google Home Mini, Pioneer WX-SMA1, O2 Joggler, Cisco Joggler

    Brexit = ∞ stupidity


  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Western NC, USA
    Another vote for Spotify - I use it via LMS and the Spotty plug-in running on a Raspberry Pi. I like it because of their selection of music. I listen mostly to Scandinavian music, and there's no other service I've found with the same catalog. (Not surprising, since they're based in Sweden.) But I also listen to Mexican pop, Americana, Bollywood, Eastern European and anything else that catches my ear. They even have me, on an obscure, non-commercial CD that I have a track on!

  10. #10
    Spotify daily. I don't know what I'd do without it.
    1 Touch
    2 Receivers
    1 Controller
    2 Radios

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