With more people getting into streaming, more people are faced with a choice. Which streaming service is best? Because no two are quite the same, it all depends on what you demand from streaming. Need a free tier? Are you on iOS? Willing to pay $9.99 a month? Is audio quality important? What territory are you in? Are you swayed by exclusive offerings by specific companies/artists? And are you willing to have multiple accounts?
The question of choosing a streaming service is a tough one to answer, so it’s worth revisiting the debate. Because it’s my job, I have no fewer than three paid subs (Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify) and dabble in others. But even after all this continuous research, I still can’t figure it out.
The Guardian does their best with this roundup of what’s available in the streaming world.
Music streaming is on the rise: in 2015 in the UK fans played 26.8bn songs on audio-streaming services alone, with another 26.9bn streams of music videos on services like YouTube.
There are a cluster of services competing for our time and cash. But which is the best for your listening habits? We’ve compared five of the best known on-demand music-streaming services.
Some features are standard: catalogues of 30m-40m tracks (except Amazon Prime Music); themed playlists created by in-house teams of tastemakers; and the ability to store tracks on your mobile devices for offline listening.
But what other features tip the balance? Read on for our comparison, as well as a summary of some of the other contenders worth trying.