When comparing Spotify vs Hype Machine, the Slant community recommends Spotify for most people. In the question“What are the best ways of finding new music?” Spotify is ranked 2nd while Hype Machine is ranked 10th. 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 Has a free version
A free, ad-supported account allows streaming from an extensive library of music.
Pro Related artists
Helps to find new authors based on your previous picks
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 Curated playlists
Public playlists on Spotify created by other people are great for finding new music.
Pro Client's functionality can be extended via third-party apps
Pro Scrapes almost 800 blogs
Hype Machine looks at content of hundreds of blogs and ranks songs by how often they are mentioned on these blogs.
Pro In-depth tags system
The music's tagged based on genres, location, blogs, novelty and other miscellaneous information.
Contrary to what is said in the Cons, one can personalize Hype Machine to the prefered music style. This can be done by following specific blogs writing on this style, then one will have newly discovered artists in one's feed. And it works pretty well, you can discover dozens of bands like this and buy their albums afterwards.
Con Free account have lots of ads
If you hate commercials, you would buy Premium or go on using something else.
Con Discovery is terrible
The discovery algorithm is poor and does not learn fast enough. Not obvious how to train it.
Con Poor audio quality
There's a high range of bitrates and most of vary from average to bad.
Con Not personalized
Music recommendations don't take your tastes into account, meaning this feed just shows what's trending on blogs in your country / in the genre you filtered by. This means you get a lot of false positives if your tastes aren't mainstream.