What is the Best Online Music Streaming Service?

Long gone are the days when music lovers had to download MP3s and wait to record the Top 40 every Sunday evening. Now it’s possible to stream your favourite artists instantly, and often at super fast speeds. While most people have heard of Spotify, the majority are not yet aware of the full range of online music streaming services. Determining which is the best depends on what you need from the service, as well as how much you are willing to pay.

Google Play Music

While Google Play Music isn’t the largest online music streaming service around, the chances are you’re going to find your favourite artists and tracks amongst the 18 million songs available. Even better, you can integrate any of the locally stored music on your device, which makes your listening experience seamless. After your 30-day free trial you pay just £10 a month, or you can just continue to use the app to listen to the music stored on your device. In addition to being available online and on Android, an iOS version is available.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music

Spotify

Spotify is practically the big daddy of online music streaming services. If you wear your music tastes like a badge of pride, you can integrate it with your Facebook account and let everyone know what you’ve been listening to. Even better, you can follow your friends’ accounts and listen in to their songs of choice. When you fancy having a few moments to yourself to listen to some more questionable song choices, simply switch the settings to private. Like most online music streaming services, Spotify comes with a one month free trial. After this you can pay in the region of £10 a month, or listen with ads included. For £20 a month you can add three family members to your subscription.

Qobuz

If you have fibre broadband and want to make the most of your streaming experience with high quality music, then try Qobuz. This French company allows users to stream at 1411.2kbit/s or 2116.8kbit/s when using the Studio Master setting. Unfortunately, Qobuz is not available as an app like some of the music streaming services out there. However, if you’re hot on producing the highest quality sounds available and don’t mind confining yourself to a Windows PC or Laptop or a Mac device, then it’s the right choice for you. Prices start at £10 a month, rising to £20 a month for Studio Master. You can save on the cost of your subscription by paying a yearly fee instead.

Qobuz

Qobuz

Deezer

Deezer is an excellent choice for those of you who are travellers, as its 35 million song library is available in 182 countries. If you’re on a budget you can also make the most of the unlimited ad streaming service, which means you don’t have to pay anything at all if you’re happy with a few interruptions in the form of advertisements. Otherwise, a subscription with this subscription service varies between £9.99 and £14.99 a month, depending on the length of contract you sign up for.

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