This may be a stupid question but I would like to know when it is smart to use
You usually use
bindService() if your calling component(
Activity) will need to communicate with the
Service that you are starting, through the
ServiceConnection. If you do not want to communicate with the
Service you can use just
startService(). You Can see below diffrence between service and bind service.
From the docs :
A service is "started" when an application component (such as an activity) starts it by calling startService(). Once started, a service can run in the background indefinitely, even if the component that started it is destroyed. Usually, a started service performs a single operation and does not return a result to the caller. For example, it might download or upload a file over the network. When the operation is done, the service should stop itself.
A service is "bound" when an application component binds to it by calling bindService(). A bound service offers a client-server interface that allows components to interact with the service, send requests, get results, and even do so across processes with interprocess communication (IPC). A bound service runs only as long as another application component is bound to it. Multiple components can bind to the service at once, but when all of them unbind, the service is destroyed.