Remember the days of records, tapes, even 8-tracks? We’ve come a long way. Today, a world of music is at your fingertips with great digital options. Here are the top streaming music services and what makes them unique.
- Spotify. One of the most popular music streaming options, Spotify offers millions of songs to stream whenever you want. Spotify is free if you don’t mind ads and songs you didn’t request in your playlist. Spotify Premium offers an ad-free experience and ability to download music to play offline for just $9.99/month.
- Apple Music/iTunes. If you are an Apple devotee—the kind of person who has a Macbook and an iPhone and won’t ever go back—Apple Music may be your jam (literally). Apple Music is functionally similar to Spotify, also costs $9.99/month, and is played on Apple devices. If you prefer having music files on your computer, you can purchase songs (as well as audiobooks and movies) through iTunes.
- Google Play/YouTube Music. For the Google lovers, Google Play is similar to Apple Music. YouTube Music includes options like Google Play, and also allows you to watch music videos. The premium version of YouTube Music costs $9.99/month. Do you see a theme?
- Pandora. If you’re not picky about hearing specific songs, Pandora may be right for you. Pandora creates “stations” based on artists, so if you are listening to the U2 station, you’ll hear U2 and similar bands. You can use Pandora with ads for free, use its regular service for $4.99/month, or have an experience like Spotify (specific songs and your own playlists) for $9.99/month.
- Soundcloud. Do you want a mix of independent music and mainstream artists? Soundcloud is a place where many artists upload their own music, which you may not find on services like those listed above. You can listen to Soundcloud with ads for free, or use Soundcloud Go+ with no ads for (you guessed it) $9.99/month.
For $10 per month—or free if you don’t mind ads—these streaming music services will put a world of music at your fingertips.