Top 5 music streaming services: Which one is right for you?

Music streaming market has seen the unveiling of various services in recent years.  In 2015, Apple marked its first steps in the market where Spotify dominates. Apple Music quickly gained its popularity among users worldwide, thanks to its exciting features. Earlier this year, Apple confirmed that the company’s music-streaming service had more than 40 million paying subscribers, making it one of the most used music services out there.

Spotify is now the leading music streaming service, with more than 70 million paying subscribers. It has become the top choice for artists and music fanatics for years. The company has been working on improving its music service, expanding its usefulness just beyond being able to play your music.

Spotify is facing a lot of competition out there. Back in 2014, Tidal, a Sweden-headquartered music-streaming service, made its debut worldwide and posed a big challenge to Spotify and Apple Music. Tidal is now available in more than 50 countries and offers access to over 48 million tracks and 200 thousand videos.

If you are looking for a music-streaming service that entertains yourself every day, then we are here to help. In the section below, we are going to show you the good and the bad of the top music streaming services, so you can decide which one is right for you.

Top 5 music streaming services

  1. Apple Music

Back in 2015, Apple made waves by announcing its own music streaming service. Apple claims that Apple Music will compete directly with Spotify. Apple’s music-streaming service received a wide welcome from users and tech experts at launch.

One of the best things when it comes to Apple Music lies its Beats 1, an internet radio station. Beats 1 provides broadcasts live to over 100 countries worldwide. Apple Music now offers a three-month free trial for all users and multiple subscription options. Apple regularly offers Apple Music discounts for students and families in order to attract more users.

Apple Music is getting smarter every year, which helps you quickly find your music. With Siri integration, you now can use your voice commands to control and play your music. Apple Music also works well with Apple’s smart speaker HomePod, allowing you to play your favorite tracks through the speaker.

However, Apple Music is not a perfect service as there are still a few flaws that Apple needs to fix in future updates. The Android app of Apple Music sometimes fails to work properly. It seems that Apple is ignoring the Android app, instead of focusing on the iOS only.

Apple Music is one of the best music-streaming services out there. The services is a perfect tool for enjoying your music tracks on iOS devices. However, if you are an Android user, make sure you read on.

  1. Google Play Music

Google Play Music is one of the most popular podcast and music streaming services. The service marks Google’s first move into the music market. Google Play Music allows users to store and stream their music library. Google confirms that the Play Music provides access to over 50,000 songs for free. If you choose to sign for All Access subscription, you can stream any song in its catalog. The coolest part is that a premium member can also access YouTube Red, Google’s paid streaming service.

However, YouTube Red is only available in selected markets, including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. We are expecting a wider rollout of YouTube Red in future updates. Google Play Music may satisfy a lot of Google fanatics. However, if you want to keep up with the latest music releases, then Google Play Music is not made for you.

  1. Pandora Premium

Back in 2016, Pandora Media officially announced its own music streaming service, called Pandora. In March 2017, the company launched Pandora Premium at $9.99 per month after a 60-day free trial.

One of the best features when it comes to Pandora Premium is that users can select the songs they wish to listen to. Besides, Premium includes a smart search that shows what you want to listen to and hides the stuff you don’t like. Pandora Premium now offers access to more than 40 million songs, just like Apple Music and Spotify.

Another great feature of Premium is the Add Similar Songs feature. As the name implies, the feature lets you add songs with the same type to your library. The best part is that you can add as many songs as you want. However, Pandora Premium has its own issues. The biggest one is that it’s only available in the US, with one million subscribers. Another drawback lies in its low audio quality (192Kbps)

  1. Spotify

Spotify is the number one music streaming service out there, with more than 70 million paying subscribers. Spotify provides access to over 30 million songs, but Spotify is not just about playing your music. Spotify has been testing a number of services like Australia-only Stations, allowing users to access popular stations in the country. The service works perfectly with Facebook, making sharing music much easier and quicker. However, Spotify has its own problems. If you choose to stick with the free tier, then you will be annoyed with ads. Spotify Premium now costs 9, 99 USD per month after a one-month free trial

  1. Tidal

Tidal emerges as one of the reliable music-streaming services. The service is currently providing exclusive content from music superstars like Beyonce, Kanye West, and Jay Z. Tidal also offers livestreams for concerts and ticket presales. However, the mobile app of Tidal and web player are poorly designed, with lack of title and content.

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These are 5 top music-streaming options for you. If you have got a favorite, make sure you let us know in the comments below.

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