Audiophile Play with an iPad with Streaming Music Services
iPad with Streaming Music Services
It's true that MOG, Rdio, and Spotify don't offer dedicated apps taking advantage of the larger iPad screen. But they can of course be used in 2x mode for a (mostly) full screen effect. I find these apps a little cramped on my smartphone, so the extra screen space on the iPad is welcome. And despite them not being iPad native, they look perfectly fine when viewed from a short distance away.
This particular use can be combined with one of the other methods I mention in this article, giving you a virtual jukebox with literally millions of tracks. Use it at home in your main setup, in a spare bedroom with a speaker dock, or use it on the go in a transportable system. Even straight from the headphone jack I find that the iPad is superior to my Android phone and tablet. Combine that with the high sound quality of MOG and you have a very good experience overall.
Downsides? Aside from the lack of a native iPad version, all three of these services charge an extra $5/month for "mobile" use, making the total monthly bill come to $10. If the iPad is the only other device you use besides a computer it may not be worth it. But for many people the computer is still not integrated into the sound system, so the possibility of piping in music via the iPad is a welcome option.
Upsides? $10 per month really is a small price to pay to have such a huge library of music at your fingertips. The iPad display is large enough to see artist names or track titles from across the room, and simple enough for a spouse or even a child to operate.