Comparing Today's Music Streaming Services

Comparing Today’s Music Streaming Services

Deciding which music streaming services is best for you can be a little bit time consuming and confusing. I’ve tested out these five streaming services, and I’ve rated each company from a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best). Even though they may all appear to be the same, I think the most important factor is cost.

Spotify: Rating 5.0. Spotify is a free service, and you just can’t compete with free. Yes, Spotify offers a premium rate of $9.99 per month, but if you can withstand the commercials every now and them then I suggest Spotify for any music listener. Even with the free streaming, Spotify offers 30-minutes of streaming without commercial interruptions (offers the commercial-free streaming at least every hour or so). The layout is simple and very easy to manage, and they have over 30 million songs in their library. Taylor Swift fans may not enjoy Spotify (considering none of her music is on Spotify), but other than that, Spotify is the best streaming service on the market.

Apple Music: Rating 4.8. Apple Music offers its users over 30 million songs to choose from too. Even though the service is now offering a free three-month trial, Apple Music is not a free service. The price of Apple Music is an affordable rate of $9.99 per month, and it also offers a $14.99 (per month) family plan for up to six users. One of the best features is listeners can sync music to their offline music player, and so subscribers won’t always have to use Wifi in order to connect to Apple Music. Unfortunately, Apple Music is not available on Android phones, but it will be available in the fall. With Drake as the company’s music ambassador, I’m sure most people will make the switch over to Apple Music. At $9.99 a month, I don’t see why people wouldn’t join the streaming service.

Tidal: Rating 4.2. Perhaps the only negative thing about Tidal is its expensive rate. For the majority of people, cost  is the biggest reason why they choose to join, or not join, a streaming company. I will say that Tidal’s high-resolution music and video streaming is wonderful, but it’s not good enough that I would pay $19.99 per month. Besides, we can watch high-res videos on YouTube for free. Paying $19.99 per month for high-quality listening doesn’t make sense either- just buy some decent headphones and that should give listeners the high-quality listening they desire. On the other hand, Tidal offers its subscribers some really awesome perks like concert tickets, exclusive songs, and other exclusive music content. Now that Tidal is offering a family package, it is a lot more affordable than its original price of $29.99, and its current $19.99 rate. The family plan will cost $4.99 per month for five users, and one user will still have to pay $9.99 per month. So if you’re the one paying $4.99, then Tidal would be the perfect streaming company for you.

Rhapsody: Rating 4.0. The streaming service has improved its music listening experience for their subscribers. One of Rhapsody’s cool new features is its Twitter interaction feed. If you’re like me, I enjoy tweeting what music I’m listening to, and Rhapsody has made it quick and easy to send tweets while on Rhapsody. Other than that, Rhapsody has a clean and very simple layout, and it offers its users a huge library of over 32 million songs. Rhapsody premium service is only $9.99 per month, or users can join their radio station, unRadio, for $4.99 a month.

Pandora: Rating 3.0. The company used to be one of my favorite places to stream music, but it has recently become one of my least favorites. I like the feature that plays “similar music” to my song choices, but not being allowed to skip music at my leisure is very annoying. Even though Pandora allows users to choose their station, it doesn’t mean every song they play on your station will be to the listeners liking. Therefore, unlimited skips should be allowed on Pandora- especially since the company only has one million songs in its library. Pandora is free, but it does have an affordable rate of $4.99 per month for its premium services. Pandora has way too many commercials, and so paying $4.99 is more than worth paying.

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Brillion Williams is an avid entertainment writer, particularly in the realm of music, sports, television, and film. Williams first started writing professionally as the founder and editor of Brillion-A-Million.