The popularity of these services has skyrocketed in the last decade. From simple music players to complex algorithmic playlist creators, we’ve come a long way.
The market has become so flooded with services that you may be unsure which one to try out. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and if you are looking for something specific, there is a service for you.
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1. YouTube Music
YouTube Music is a newcomer to the scene, but it has quickly gained traction. The free version does have some limitations, such as the inability to continue listening after closing the app and slightly poor audio quality. It does, however, have some advantages, such as exclusive content that you can’t hear anywhere else, such as live concerts and emerging artists.
- Live music and unique content that you won’t find anywhere else
- Make as many playlists as you want.
- If you close the app, the music stops playing.
- A large number of advertisements are possible.
- Sometimes the audio quality is poor.
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Spotify is one of the biggest players in the game and has long been a streaming industry leader. What is its best feature? From nearly 50 million songs, you can create and share as many playlists as you want — the equivalent of making a mixtape for someone. According to Spotify, 40,000 new songs are added every day.
- Podcasts and music are included.
- A plethora of playlist suggestions
- Playlists can be shared with friends.
- It is not possible to play individual songs.
- The free version has poor audio quality.
- There are only six skips per hour.
Sometimes all you want to do is listen to old-fashioned radio. This is where the iHeartRadio app comes in handy. You can listen to any station in the United States live. You can also make playlists, though the selection is much smaller than that of a service like Spotify.
- Any time, any place, you can listen to live radio.
- Artist-specific radio station
- Access to the entire podcast library
- Music selection is limited.
- Skips are limited.
- It is not possible to play songs or albums on demand.
- It is not possible to download songs to listen to them offline.
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Sometimes you just want to go back to basics. That’s really, really old school. Classical music can be a refreshing change from modern music, and Idagio has everything you need in that department.
- Ideal for classical music fans
- The entire catalog is free.
- Mood-based playlist
- It’s simply classical music.
- Audio quality is relatively poor.
Pandora, the group’s old man, was among the first to get into the streaming game. Its algorithm has the ability to truly personalize your music experience. The disadvantages are the same as with most other apps: you can only skip a certain number of songs and you can’t rewind a song to listen to it again.
- Recommendation based on an algorithm
- Radio style playlists
- There are only a certain number of skips per hour.
- It is not possible to rewind a song.
- Playlists cannot be shared.
Jango, like Pandora, uses a proprietary algorithm to tailor your music experience. The main difference is that if you connect with your Facebook account, Jango limits your ads to one per day. You also have an unlimited number of skips. The most significant disadvantage is the user interface. It can be cumbersome and frustrating at times, but the sound quality is quite good if you can get past that.
- Excellent audio quality
- Skips are unrestricted.
- Unsatisfactory user feedback
- Unpleasant user experience
7. Amazon Prime Music
Amazon has entered the fray by launching its own music streaming service. While the rest of the services on this list have a free version, Amazon Prime Music does not. To get started, you’ll still need an Amazon Prime membership. However, with unlimited skips, it may be worth considering. However, if you do not upgrade to the premium version, you will be missing out on many songs that you may want to listen to.
- Skips are unrestricted.
- There are no advertisements.
- Music recommendations tailored to you
- Not necessarily free (Must have Amazon Prime subscription)
- Music library is limited.
- Must upgrade to the paid version get the full list of songs