When comparing Spotify vs Gnome Music, the Slant community recommends Spotify for most people. In the question“What are the best music players for Linux?” Spotify is ranked 21st while Gnome Music is ranked 26th. The most important reason people chose Spotify is:
Spotify has over 20 million songs and arguably the largest collection out of its competitors and usually has the fastest access to new music. The Spotify desktop client allows local music files to be imported with the option of syncing with a mobile device which largely mitigates the issue of missing artists.
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Pro Huge collection of music and fast access to newly released songs
Spotify has over 20 million songs and arguably the largest collection out of its competitors and usually has the fastest access to new music.
The Spotify desktop client allows local music files to be imported with the option of syncing with a mobile device which largely mitigates the issue of missing artists.
Pro Curated playlists
Public playlists on Spotify created by other people are great for finding new music.
Pro Weekly Discover playlist uses a great algorithm
A playlist generated by Spotify based on your listening habits and released every Monday. The algorithm used by this playlist is great and stands out from its competitors.
Pro Has a free version
A free, ad-supported account allows streaming from an extensive library of music.
Pro Client's functionality can be extended via third-party apps
Pro Related artists
Pro UI design consistent with GNOME desktop environment
Gnome Music is GNOME's default music player. If you use GNOME Desktop Environment, you'll feel familiar with other GNOME Apps like this one.
Pro Simple clean and minimal interface
Pro System-wide music organizer
Gnome Music automatically seeks and organises your music files throughout your system using Tracker.
Con Discovery is terrible
The discovery algorithm is poor and does not learn fast enough. Not obvious how to train it.
Con Free account have lots of ads
If you hate commercials, you would buy Premium or go on using something else.
Con Poor audio quality
There's a high range of bitrates and most of vary from average to bad.
Con Cannot change library folder
Gnome Music needs a tracker daemon running in the background and that thing never loads the music. It takes forever for a huge library to be loaded even if it was previously partially loaded.