Best music streams for creating weekend playlists
Listening to music has taken massive leaps over the past few years. Gone are the days where you need a CD player in your home, or even a Walkman that you take with you wherever you go.
Nowadays, you don’t even need to own a specific music playing device like a MP3 player or iPod to listen to your old school tunes or casino classics, you don’t even have to own the CD or songs, you can simply stream them to almost any device you own. Music streaming services have taken over the world, and here are the best ones to choose from.
Spotify is probably the most widely recognised name in the music streaming space. It is easily the most popular music streaming service in the world, and there are definitely a number of reasons why.
Spotify is very easy to navigate and the interface is incredibly user friendly, while Apple Music is probably its biggest competitor, Spotify just edges it to take first place. The biggest draw is just how huge their library is.
You can easily build playlists for offline listening, you can connect to speakers in an instant, you can follow artists to be alerted to new music releases as well. There are a couple of downsides, the adverts in the free version can get very annoying, and you can’t listen to specific songs in the free tier either, just a mix.
Tidal is a service for those who want a more high-quality listening experience. While many view it as a service with a more urban focus, Tidal has a very large catalogue of music that spans multiple years, genres and artists.
Tidal’s biggest draw is the fact that it offers lossless audio streaming, with sound quality that is almost identical, and in some cases better, than CD’s. The service also boasts a catalogue of almost 70 million songs, more than enough choice for most people.
There are some downsides, both the web and mobile versions aren’t as easy to navigate as other services on this list, Spotify actually has a bigger catalogue to choose from, and most high-resolution music uses MQA, which requires a specialized decoder.
Apple Music is probably the other biggest contender for best streaming service. While Spotify does edge it, Apple Music still has a massive following and is used globally. It is most definitely the subscription to use if you are already heavily into the Apple ecosystem.
The service allows you to combine your iTunes library with music you don’t own and a choice of music lockers. There are also human music experts that will help you find new music depending on what you are listening to already.
Not surprisingly, one of the downsides is that the Android app isn’t as smooth or even close to as good as the iOS one, and Apple Music isn’t available on older iPods, only the newer iPod Touch’s.
Youtube music is the successor to Google Play Music. It is a paid service, but it is included for free if you have upgraded your Youtube to Youtube Premium. One massive benefit is the fact that Youtube has retained almost everything that made Google Play Music so great.
Instead of offering users playlists, Youtube Music offers very well curated radio stations for you to choose from and listen to, this being one of the service’s standout features. There are also about 40 million songs to choose from.
There aren’t a ton of downsides to the service, however, many would most likely choose Spotify Premium over Youtube Premium or Music. The 40 million song library sounds big, but other services have far more songs at a similar price point.
Obviously Amazon has a horse in this race as well. It is probably the best service to use if you are an Amazon Prime member and have tapped into the Amazon ecosystem with an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.
The service is much cheaper if you are already an Amazon prime member, lyrics for all the songs pop up on screen, and one huge benefit is that it offers free radio stations for the Echo and Echo Dot.
There are a couple of downsides to this platform. The artists profiles don’t have any biographies, and while it is advertised that there are tens of millions of tracks to choose from in their catalogue, this hasn’t actually been verified and is most likely not as true. The service also no longer includes a music locker which is a big draw for music lovers.
As you can see, there are a number of music streaming services out there that appeal to every individual’s needs, as well as what they want out of a service, and how much they are willing to spend.
However, Spotify is most probably the most popular service and most loved streaming service out there. It is the most complete service, both the free and paid services give users almost everything they need, and don’t forget the huge range of podcasts to choose from as well if you aren’t the music type.
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