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Top 10 Streaming Music Sites
No.1 Best free streaming music: Spotify
The most widely used free music streaming site or app nowadays due to its unlimited access and streaming limits. By getting a free account you can play any artist, album for free but the sound quality is poor. If you want to play any song that has good quality, download music and listen offline, and lastly ads free then you need to purchase or upgrade to premium. Recently there has been problems on some of the music you stored won’t play offline on your Android smartphone but can play all songs on your desktop. A clean install will do the trick and reboot.
It offers best free music streaming app for android and iOS users.
No. 2 Google play Music
Google Play Music offers a lot of music in any artist and genre due to its Google’s large online library. Lets you upload your music so that you can stream and listen to it anytime
- Player has good interface
- Radio has unlimited skips
- Best at predicting what you’re going to listen next
- Works perfectly with Sonos
- Songs on your playlist are automatically organized
- Lets you control bandwidth usage for uploads
- Lots of ads on free version
- Can’t play music simultaneously on multiple devices
Only available for listeners in U.S, Australia and New Zealand. Their “Music Genome Project” analyzes 450 attributes to describe songs and a complex mathematical algorithm to organize them. Pandora finds songs that complement each other to build your stations. Since Pandora is a free service, you will see and hear ads frequently one in between songs. You can skip six songs per hour and that’s 24 skips in one day per station. If you want to upgrade your services like no ads and unlimited skips then I suggest paying $4.99 per month for paid service. The only thing I don’t like is songs will be repeated over and over if you listen to the same station. Pandora Premium was just recently launched, you would expect a $10 a month service with millions of songs that you can listen to at will and save offline whenever you want. They are adding more features to it and make it more user-friendly.
No.4 Apple Music
Lets you stream music on its vast iTunes song library. Apple Music combines your existing music library with its 30 million plus catalog, playlist, new and exclusive tracks and music videos
- Easy to use
- Lots of features
- Good sound quality
- No free version but there’s a three months trial
- Has bugs
- Missing some songs
- Confusing interface
Monthly Subscription is £9.99 same as Spotify, while family members of up to six persons will get a £14.99 package deal. If you won’t renew after three months then you only get access to Beats 1 Radio and Connect.
No. 5 Slacker Radio
Slacker Radio is an online music streaming service available in the US and Canada. Listeners can access the service on the web and through mobile apps on multiple smartphones. It allows users to create and share customized music stations. They have three membership;
- Skip up to 6 songs per hour/station
- Listen on multiple devices
- Create stations based on artists, albums, or songs
- Personalize stations and save your preferences
PLUS ($3.99 per month)
- Enjoy an ad-free experience
- Skip unlimited songs
- Download stations and specials to listen data-free on your mobile device
- Customize ESPN Radio (a Slacker exclusive)
- Hear maximum audio quality (320kbps)
PREMIUM ($.99 per month)
- Play thousands of songs and albums on-demand
- Jump to the favorite parts of songs
- Download playlists and albums and listen data-free on your mobile device
- Create playlists from our massive library of songs
- Along with all benefits of Plus membership
No. 6 Tidal
A great music streaming service with fantastic high fidelity audio and HD music videos.
- Seamless listening across mobile, tablet, desktop and network players.
- Enjoy lossless music streaming on Apple devices from iPhone, iPad, and iPod to Mac,
as well as on PC and Android systems.
- Plus integration in a wide range of high-fidelity network players.
- Excellent apps
- Offers comprehensive playlist functionality, sharing of music as well as offline listening.
- Differs from its other rivals of only serving up compressed music formats like MP3 and OGG
- Can connect Tidal to Facebook which will allow you to share music with your friends. You can also extract an URL if you want to link someone to any album, playlist or track.
- lossless high fidelity sound costs $19.99
- 1-week free trial
- Takes up a lot of bandwidth
No. 7 Last.FM
Last.FM is a great music service and it’s definitely worth using if you need help discovering great music that fits your style. Allows you to stream music online for free. Uses its unique and advanced “scribbler” tool to build a detailed profile for you so that it can provide the best personalized musical recommendations but you still have lots of control over what you can listen to. Last.fm can even be integrated with other popular music services, including your iTunes library, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, and others. It utilizes Spotify as its music-streaming source and if no music is found it turns to youtube for assistance. Windows, Mac and Linux Operating systems are available as well as mobile apps. The Mobile app is not very popular due to lots of ads, outdated and it won’t scrobble. It lacks lyrics, live content, and the ability to browse by genre.
No. 8 SoundCloud
Even though it’s one of the music streaming sites, SoundCloud gives you a chance to listen to music from independent artist, producers, and podcaster who likely want to promote or share their stuff. Like other music platforms, you can follow, create your playlist and downloading tracks. Available on the web, mobile, and sonos. You can sign up to SoundCloud and sign up either 3 accounts and that is free pro and premium.
The free account lets you:
- upload up to three hours of audio, then share those tracks to get them heard.
- Follow others. Like and comment on music. The more active you are in the community, the more you’ll grow your fanbase.
- See play counts, likes and read comments on your work.
Pro account lets you:
- Double your upload limit to six hours of audio. Or go Pro Unlimited and upload as much of your work as you want.
- Show off your best work: pin up to five of your tracks to the top of your profile with Spotlight.
- Learn where your listeners are to plan the perfect tour. With Pro Unlimited, you can also find out where you’re being played most.
- $7 per month and Pro Unlimited $15 per month.
A premium account lets you:
- Monetize your content and earn revenue generated on SoundCloud. Subscriptions and advertising on SoundCloud directly support artists.
Jango a free online music streaming service that allows you to create custom radio stations and also plays what you like to hear. Somewhat similar to Soundcloud in where you can listen to independent artists music for free in exchange for exposure and feedback. Has two different kinds of stations: genre stations, that you can select the Browse Music area below the player, and artist-based stations, which are created when you search for and select an artist. Available in Android and iOS and even though it’s free there are no annoying ads between music like other online music streaming sites.
No. 10 Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime has rolled out their Amazon music unlimited which is an ad-free streaming service, you can have 30 days free trial and if you want to continue with paid service it will cost you $99 annually or $8.25 monthly. Existing Prime members can get music unlimited for $7.99 per month or $79 annually. It’s cheaper compared to its competitors like Spotify and the good thing also is it’s ad free.
Is it worth it?
If you look at the price then probably yes if you’re a prime existing member since the other competitors start with the same price as $9.99. The next thing you will ask is how music unlimited is better than it’s competitors?. At first, it will be probably the same with curated playlist and all but as I have noticed it does not have some of the major artists.
About Amazon Echo
If you have an Amazon echo you can have music unlimited for only $3.99 per month. The downside is it’s only for echo, you can’t listen on the web and not also on mobile apps.
Annual payment option for Music Unlimited is $149, which is $12.42 per month. The savings are little if you’re on amazon echo plan only. It’s limited and not able to see the value of it.