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A Comparison of Music Services

Whether jamming to nostalgic songs from past decades or singing along with every line of the latest rap song, having a reliable music streaming service is a must. Here are a few of the best ways to stream your favorite songs.

Apple Music Player

The Apple Music app can be downloaded on both Android and Apple devices. It has over 30 million songs. Apple Music requires consumers to pay a subscription fee of $9.99. Not every song on iTunes is included with an Apple Music subscription. One upside to Apple Music is the ability to import music from your computer to listen to songs . The service provides recommendations from music experts.

Apple Music has a family plan priced at $14.99 and allows users to download albums and songs to listen offline.

While Spotify and Play Music can be played on Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices, Apple Music can only be played using Siri.

Google play

Google Play Music offers more than 35 million songs. What makes Google Play Music so unique is when the listeners buy the service, they also get a complementary YouTube Red subscription.

 Listeners can upload songs into their collection and use this streaming service online and on both Android and iOS devices. Those who are thinking about getting premium get two months of a free trial, before having to pay $9.99 per month. Like all the other music streaming services mentioned, there is a family plan which costs $14.99. For the paid service, listeners get access to all 35 million songs and no limitations on the number of skips.

Spotify

Spotify Premium offers an ad-free, limitless listening experience, enabling users to download music and play it offline on both mobile and on PC. Priced at $9.99 per month, Spotify offers deals, such as a family plan priced at $14.99.

Spotify currently has over 40 million songs and podcasts. Spotify uses listening history to make personalized playlists and is partners with Genius, bringing the “Behind the Lyrics” program to users, allowing lyrics and information to be seen about songs.

While Spotify is free, there are downsides to not being a Premium member. On the free version, the sound quality is 160 kbps compared to 320 kbps. On mobile, songs can only be played by shuffling the playlist, and skips are limited. Users are interrupted by advertisements.

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