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  1. Fiann's Avatar
    Have you considered Rhapsody? It's available on both platforms and also runs $10/mo. WP client doesn't have an offline mode, unfortunately. I don't know if it will let you stream to multiple devices simultaneously or not. I haven't used their service in probably 10 years so I don't know a lot about its current quality.
    04-30-2012 11:29 AM
  2. Neibl's Avatar
    I've had a Zune pass for almost two years and has been the beat music decision I ever made. Zune desktop is awesome, and anyone who says different, hasn't taken the time yo learn the metro UI. The functionality of Zune pass on the phone is amazing, its great checking new album releases every Tuesday.

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    04-30-2012 11:51 AM
  3. jbjtkbw007's Avatar
    I signed up for Zune Pass 2 week trial yesterday. I like how I can make a playlist from the phone, but you can't remove tracks from the playlist either from the phone or the pc (unless I'm doing something wrong). Other than that, I've found about 80% of what I'm looking for. I'm a huge early 90's raver from the old skool and hip hop from the early 80's among other randomness.

    Can't find some stuff. Also, some tracks from Movie Soundtracks I can't find like the Drowning Pool track from Scorpion King or the Art of Noise version of Kiss with Tom Jones.

    Yeah, I've got some REALLY random tastes in music. Maybe I'll check out Spotify, but I really don't want yet another subscription. I kinda like this Zune thing so far.
    04-30-2012 01:15 PM
  4. bear_lx's Avatar
    I signed up for Zune Pass 2 week trial yesterday. I like how I can make a playlist from the phone, but you can't remove tracks from the playlist either from the phone or the pc (unless I'm doing something wrong). Other than that, I've found about 80% of what I'm looking for. I'm a huge early 90's raver from the old skool and hip hop from the early 80's among other randomness.

    Can't find some stuff. Also, some tracks from Movie Soundtracks I can't find like the Drowning Pool track from Scorpion King or the Art of Noise version of Kiss with Tom Jones.

    Yeah, I've got some REALLY random tastes in music. Maybe I'll check out Spotify, but I really don't want yet another subscription. I kinda like this Zune thing so far.
    if you create the playlist from your pc, you can add/remove songs all you want.
    04-30-2012 01:43 PM
  5. jbjtkbw007's Avatar
    if you create the playlist from your pc, you can add/remove songs all you want.
    I tried to do that and it wouldn't let me. Then again, I'm using my roommate's WinXP machine, so I don't know if the interface is somewhat different on Windows 7. I just couldn't figure it out. Tried right clicking and all that other normal stuff. I'll take another look.

    Guess I'm going to break down and build another pc. It's been kinda nice without. Last one I built, I spent over $4 grand on. Need to cool it this time. :blush:
    04-30-2012 01:47 PM
  6. Rodolfo#WP's Avatar
    Zune is peerless: Its combination of online and offline features is not available elsewhere, at any price.

    But, for you, it's a moot question.

    You don't have a dilemma; your wife has a barrier. Zune is better in a number of ways, but she cannot use it on her phone, and given the limits you've set for yourself, you have to go with Spotify or another "premium" service.

    You both can listen to a Spotify-Premium playlist (only), offline, but you have to toggle the spotify apps to offline mode, and then stay off. After you agree on a given playlist, you'll both be able to play it offline. Being in offline mode, neither of you will be able to also tap the online features that you're paying for.

    I listen to my entire Zune Collection offline and can still tap the Marketplace for Smart DJing an artist, or for Bing-listen-searching-and-downloading tracks or albums, or doing any streaming. I go back and forth, dynamically and seamlessly.

    Both services limit streaming to a single device/account/ID at any point in time.
    04-30-2012 02:18 PM
  7. N8ter's Avatar
    i never understood all the complaints about the zune desktop software? it is smooth as a babys slippery behind for me! itunes is a mess. i still use both since my wife has an iphone 4, and i dread having to sync her phone. all the files i delete from my pc, zune recognizes this and removes them from my library. itunes doesnt... it tells me the file is missing, and asks if i want to locate it? not too mention genius playlist is awful. smart dj on zune is amazing. last but definately not least... the UI of zune software is beautiful! itunes is extremely dated. and is completely bogged down for PC users. zune FTW

    ZUNE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>itunes

    not to turn this thread into a zune vs itunes debate, but had to shed some light on that comment... as far as spotify goes, i would use zune. but if it is imperative you are able to listen to music on both devices, consider rhapsody... as you would be able to listen to the music on both devices simotaniously... otherwise, convince her to get a wp... i am still working on my wife... once apollo hits, she will have a windows phone, gauranteed
    No Equalizer in Zune. Cannot Speed up/Slow down tracks or video playback the way you can in WMP or QuickTime. iTunesDJ/Genius. iTunes supports Internet Radio Stations, Zune doesn't.

    Zune is barebones compared to WMP or iTunes. I only use it for updating my phone, and then I uninstall it.

    iTunes is extremely dated... I'd like to know how you came to that conclusion. My PC runs fine with iTunes and 3 MMORPG clients loaded in the background, in addition to IE9 opened with 5 tabs O.O

    iTunes tends to play audio back at a better quality than Zune and WMP (WMP you can probably increase the quality since you have an EQ, Zune you're stuck with what it outputs) which is more important than how it looks, anyways...
    05-01-2012 08:37 AM
  8. JPDVM2014's Avatar
    I'm not sure if it has changed or not, but I had a Spotify sub for one month. As soon as I realized that I couldn't pick a band and have it play similar music on the mobile app, I cancelled it. I very rarely use my zune pass for downloading whole albums, but I am constantly using it for SmartDJ.
    05-01-2012 09:34 AM
  9. Gungzwei's Avatar
    Zune Pass.
    05-01-2012 12:15 PM
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