You’re looking for a music streaming service you have plenty of choices. while they all give you access to millions of songs there are numerous other factors that determine why people choose one service over another. some of those factors might include audio quality, ease of use, the app ecosystem, music discovery features, and pricing.
coming up I’ll count down the top five music streaming services going over the pros and cons of each of you finding the best music service that best fits your needs. let’s get started starting off our countdown at
1. Amazon Music
if you’re an Amazon Prime member, this will be the best value for you with two tiers of service. both of which are free and work the best with Alexa-enabled devices.
Amazon Music Prime is their basic service which is included with your Amazon Prime membership at no additional cost. on the positive side, you get offline listening and unlimited skips.
The downside is the selection of tracks is limited with only around 2 million songs included to listen to on-demand. if you step up to the Music Unlimited plan, the number of songs jumps up to around 50 million you also get behind the scenes, artist commentary and you can use additional Alexa commands.
the pricing is $7.99 per month for Prime members non-Prime members pay $9.99 per month. if you don’t have Prime there are better services coming up for the same cost you might want to consider.
2. YouTube Music
YouTube Music with Google Play Music slowly being phased out YouTube music is a good choice that integrates very well with Google services like Google Assistant.
its basic plan is free, but it’s ad-supported. if you prefer an ad-free experience, you’ll want to upgrade to YouTube Music Premium which also includes additional features that are quite useful. you’ll have the ability to download music including music videos for offline use.
Another features background play which lets you play your music in the background with your screen turned off or while you’re using other apps. a con for some people is that you can’t upload songs you own to the service.
YouTube music premium is $9.99 per month. if you’re a student there’s a discounted rate of $4.99 per month and their family plan lets you share your membership with up to five family members living in the same household for $14.99 per month.
3. Apple Music
If you’re a die-hard Apple fan this is the service, you’ll want to use. it works best of any music service for voice control with Siri. in addition to their large music library that you can listen to online or off you get access to exclusive music, D Beats 1 radio station, and features that make it easier to discover new music.
While Apple Music does offer a free trial like the others, there’s no free plan available. for individuals, it’ll cost you $9.99 per month and just like YouTube Music. the student rate is $4.99 and the family plan which allows access for up to six family members will set you back $14.99 per month.
Pandora is still great if you just need a casual no-frills experience. its Music Genome Project will suggest songs based on which tracks you thumbs up or thumbs down. they offer three tiers of service all of which featured low sound quality of 192 kilobits per second. if you must just use the free plan the others mentioned have much better audio quality than Pandora.
Deezer is another fantastic service to consider while it’s extremely popular in Europe. it hasn’t taken off here in the States yet. it offers a free ad-supported plan with pricing for premium and family that are similar to other services. if you want the highest quality audio you can listen to flat tracks in high fidelity with their individual high five plan.
If you’re an indie music fan SoundCloud is a great source to discover new music with more than 100 million user-created tracks in their library. SoundCloud is free with ads with plans starting at $4.99 per month. to remove the ads with access to their premium features.
If you’re an audiophile looking for the highest quality audio isn’t the service for you. it beats out the other music services offering lossless hi-fi audio with a more comprehensive set of features.
Its library includes more than 60 million songs along with 240 thousand videos and exclusive content not found elsewhere. songs can also be downloaded using their offline feature to be able to listen to your favorite tracks without an internet connection.
For the standard audio premium plan, it’s cost us $9.99 per month. for around $20 per month their hi-fi plan is not cheap but might be worth it if audio quality is important to you. they also offer family plans and discounted rates for students, the military, and first responders.
Spotify is the best overall music streaming service. while their free ad-supported option is really good if you’re looking to save some cash. Premium is the way to go to take full advantage of all its features.
It’s free you get unlimited skips and the ability to easily listen to music offline. it has a great easy to use interface and it’s available on just about every device. they have awesome playlists including those specifically made for you to discover new music. to of my favorites include discovering weekly which is updated every Monday and release radar which is updated each Friday.
The only downside to Spotify is there is no lossless audio plan. but up to 320 kilobits per second will be good enough for most listeners. the plans offered include an individual from $9.99 per month. there’s a student rate of $4.99 and the family plan for up to 6 accounts is $14.99 per month.
What is your favorite music streaming service let us know about it in the comments?