All of this is well and good, if not dated. But since Apple owns Beats, there have been a lot of whispers about a merger between it and iTunes. It’ll be interesting to see how this two progress. The radio player Pandora A huge part of music streaming services is the online radio player and Oakland’s Pandora has been at the head of this pack for years. It’s got that beautiful, bold blue that changes shades depending on when you log in. It’s the only service in this collection that features a dominant color that isn’t grey or white. Pandora’s got a pretty unique experience, as far as this group is concerned. It has a double-layer toolbar at the top, along with the music player, which is usually featured at the bottom of almost every other player. As the dominant visual feature, it has a contained.
It has nearly all of the information you’d ever want: Links to playing now, a music feed, and the profile List of your personal radio stations, sortable by date or alphabetically Horizontal scroll of the current station, including album artwork and information, artist background, and similar artists Buttons to publish, share or buy music its simple and compact, giving the user a lot of options for what to do and focusing screen space on what matters. The only problem is the ad space on the right, which moves between all sorts of crazy ads. We get why it’s there, but it’s distracting from the simplicity of the rest of the page, and (frankly) it’s kind of ugly.
The new guy Tidal Tidal is the newest player in the game and the last on our list. In a color scheme that (we must admit) is quite similar to the first service featured in our article, there’s a background in shades of dark gray with white text and a bright color for emphasis and action. The user’s focus directs to the featured artists, gridded up in a refreshing rectangular mode rather than squares. There are icons indicating the media type of file — video versus audio. Additionally, there’s a scroll-over functionality where the text listed underneath the imagery features the artwork and artist title, but when scrolled over it changes to the word “play” or “watch” with a bit of additional information overlaid on top of the image.