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Spotify says you camt stream thier music through your phones usb due to licensing issues.
That sucks. Seems like someone is trying to stop them from getting that usb quality.

Are there any streaming services that work through galaxy usb or is it strictly music on you phone which I would just use a usb stick like I already am.
 

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Edit: Sorry...just noticed you’re not using iPhone.

Does iTunes count? I have a subscription, and just download any album I like to my phone. There’s definitely a difference in the quality between a song downloaded to the phone versus one streamed from iTunes. For $9.95 per month, I have access to unlimited music. I have about a thousand or so that I’ve purchased...the rest are downloaded with my subscription. I use USB exclusively.
 

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Yes - Spotify, Pandora and Amazon music (among others) all stream via USB with Android Auto (all AndroidAuto-compatible apps uses USB for audio).

I've found that Amazon Music is about the best quality, for what it's worth.
 

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Yes - Spotify, Pandora and Amazon music (among others) all stream via USB with Android Auto (all AndroidAuto-compatible apps uses USB for audio).

I've found that Amazon Music is about the best quality, for what it's worth.
I haven't tried android auto. I dont like it. I was hoping to be able to stream youtube red directly through the usb. I suppose I could try android auto. I just hate being locked out of my phone.
I understand the safety aspect but ha ing to pull over and shut it off if I need to text someone a picture or something is beyond aggravating to me. I don't text and drive but trying to back out of android auto at red lights then get it going again before the light turns green sucks.
 

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I hear ya... I'm not a huge fan of AndroidAuto either. I think I'd probably be happier if I could just mirror my phones screen instead (which you can do with some hacks, but it's very hack-ish).

The problem that i have is that the AndroidAuto apps have a "watered down" interface that makes using the apps harder than it should be. To me, it's almost more dangerous since you're constantly trying to figure out how to do something in the "watered down" app that you could do easily in the "regular" app. :)

There is a whole now AndroidAuto interface rolling out now though, which should make some things easier to use.
 

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I hear ya... I'm not a huge fan of AndroidAuto either. I think I'd probably be happier if I could just mirror my phones screen instead (which you can do with some hacks, but it's very hack-ish).

The problem that i have is that the AndroidAuto apps have a "watered down" interface that makes using the apps harder than it should be. To me, it's almost more dangerous since you're constantly trying to figure out how to do something in the "watered down" app that you could do easily in the "regular" app. 🙂

There is a whole now AndroidAuto interface rolling out now though, which should make some things easier to use.
Sweet thanks.
 

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You can start android auto and exit out while it's still running. I usually y don't but if you exit out and spotify is playing everything on the phone still works as usual. Text and spotify. The only thing that's forced is maps. If you exit out and hit maps on your phone it re opens aa.
 

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I'd say Tidal is best quality, but you're paying twice as much at $20 and the app still needs work in androidauto. IE, it doesn't always remember where you left off so you have to load your playlist again. If it does remember, it starts at the beginning of the song not where you paused. And it doesn't allow you to see/list what is in your playlist - you have to skip through from the beginning until you get what song you want. SO don't make big playlists. Especially since it always forgets where you were :)
 

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I'd say Tidal is best quality, but you're paying twice as much at $20 and the app still needs work in androidauto. IE, it doesn't always remember where you left off so you have to load your playlist again. If it does remember, it starts at the beginning of the song not where you paused. And it doesn't allow you to see/list what is in your playlist - you have to skip through from the beginning until you get what song you want. SO don't make big playlists. Especially since it always forgets where you were <img src="http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
My concerned with tidal is I mostly listen electronic music.80 percent dance maybe 10 percent rock and the other 10 percent various. Most of it from the 90s. I dont do much pop or rap.

For this reason I use youtube red the most. It has almost anything you can think up
I don't think tidal would be the right choice for my taste in music but I must admit I haven't researched
 

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I don't think tidal would be the right choice for my taste in music but I must admit I haven't researched
Yeah you should check it out. Tidal has everything. Including the biggest stereotype and stigma in the streaming industry.
 

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I don't use Tidal mainly because of the cost... I get Amazon Music for free with Amazon Prime, which is why I use it instead. It has great selection and excellend sound quality (better than Pandora and Spotify).
 

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So tidal has a free trial. I tried it and its super quiet compared to YouTube red. I turned off the normalize and it made no difference. I've been jumping back and forth between youtube music apps and tidal and over all tidal is quiter on every track with normalize disabled.
I'm talking likely close to 6db quieter.

Also It did not have the first 4 tracks I searched for.

Another thing that bugs me is requires almost perfect spelling to find something. YouTube is much more forgiving there.

Tidal does sound better but I cant hear a difference between normal and hifi but that could be the tracks I'm listening to. They may very well be originally encoded in mp3.
I'll have to check some known source material. For $30 a month they are crazy. I may keep standard def for $10 a month if I can gear a difference and figure our a way to stop it from being so quiet.
 

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That's really interesting. I've been curious about Tidal but figured it's higher bitrate would be lost on my unrefined ears (totally bombed that lossless vs 320kbps comparison test), not to mention the extra cost when I already have a Spotify and Amazon Music account.

You should give it a shot through Android Auto though, I didn't think the UI was that bad really. Also, have you tried downloading playlists in Spotify? I was curious how much difference it would make to be playing it locally off your device rather than actually streaming it. I think I've seen some settings for offline music quality, just never really messed with it.
 

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I don't use Tidal mainly because of the cost... I get Amazon Music for free with Amazon Prime, which is why I use it instead. It has great selection and excellend sound quality (better than Pandora and Spotify).
I use prime video at home and added hbo, stars and showtime. I pay the once a year fee and like $20 for the other channels. A fraction of the cost of cable and to me just as good.

How is amazon music? Have you found they dont have some stuff?

I'm really curious as to how all these platforms get so many millions of songs on their data base.
I know I always upload to as many sources as possible but it doesnt seem likely that everyone does that.
 

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Honestly, most of the time, I just use the Amazon Music playlists and/or "stations". I'll pick something like "70's Rock" and just let it play. No commercials and the sound quality is really good. I do have a ton of 320k .mp3's on a tiny little 128gb thumb drive that I leave installed as well - so I have plenty of "local" music to play too. My 47 year-old ears can't tell the difference between flac and 320k mp3, so I'm fine with that. Just use Amazon to get some different stuff every once in a while.

I can also use platlists on my local thumb drive music as well, which is nice - set up playlists for different "Genres" and let it play in shuffle mode...
 

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Honestly, most of the time, I just use the Amazon Music playlists and/or "stations". I'll pick something like "70's Rock" and just let it play. No commercials and the sound quality is really good. I do have a ton of 320k .mp3's on a tiny little 128gb thumb drive that I leave installed as well - so I have plenty of "local" music to play too. My 47 year-old ears can't tell the difference between flac and 320k mp3, so I'm fine with that. Just use Amazon to get some different stuff every once in a while.

I can also use platlists on my local thumb drive music as well, which is nice - set up playlists for different "Genres" and let it play in shuffle mode...
Playlist are the reason I use youtube red so much. I've been using YouTube for so long I have extensive playlist and really hate to have to start over.
 

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If using Tidal you'd want to use it with android auto or car play so it is using USB instead of BT for the audio to get the best quality possible.
 

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If using Tidal you'd want to use it with android auto or car play so it is using USB instead of BT for the audio to get the best quality possible.
Being that I'm running a stock head unit I just dont think a paid subscription would be worth it. I have android auto but my factory radio doesnt sound great. It's not horrible but it's not on par with aftemarket units either unfortunately.
 
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