When comparing Spotify vs Bandcamp, the Slant community recommends Spotify for most people. In the question“What are the best music streaming services?” Spotify is ranked 2nd while Bandcamp is ranked 7th. 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 Related artists
Helps to find new authors based on your previous picks
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 Has a free version
A free, ad-supported account allows streaming from an extensive library of 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 No "Monthly or Yearly" subscription plans
Once you buy (or support) a song/album from an artist on Bandcamp, you get to open a fan account and unlimited streaming and downloads from your purchases.
Pro Multiple filters
The Bandcamp discovery site has multiple filters making it easy to find exactly what you want. If you're looking for Best-Selling Electronic albums on vinyl from 3 weeks ago, Discover has you covered.
Pro Search or browse by tags
When artists upload their music, the can add their own tags to their albums or songs. This leads to some very unique finds and allows you to find interesting music.
Pro Audio fidelity is Bandcamp's name
Downloading songs (you bought) lets you download in multiple choices of codecs/formats, like MP3, FLAC, AIFF, AAC and many more to make sure you get to hear what you want to hear.
Pro Unlimited streaming
Listen to songs as many times as you want.
Pro "Fair Trade Music Policy"
Bandcamp's share is 15% on digital items, and 10% on physical goods. Payment processor fees are separate and vary depending on the size of the transaction, but for an average size purchase, amount to an additional 4-7%. The remainder, usually 80-85%, goes directly to the artist, and they pay out daily. Since they only make money when artists make a lot more money, their interests remain aligned with those of the community they serve. It’s a straightforward approach, and it works well.
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.