Top audio streaming services pros, cons, and prices 2017

 No fluff or filler;

Some simple facts to help you decide which service best suits you.


There’s quite a few services available to listen to whatever music your heart desires. However each service is quite different is a variety of ways from audio quality to how deep the library goes. I have found some websites to be a bit difficult as far as gauging what best suited me therefore I feel it necessary to make a clear cut list to help the next person gauging his or her best suited service.




  •     Impressive library. Over 30 million songs. (Official number unknown)
  •     Easy to navigate and find music.
  •     Finding good playlists is a breeze.
  •     Discover weekly personal playlists is really cool.
  •     Easily connects to various devices.
  •     Free version



  •      Spotify radio still sucks.
  •      Ads with free version are quite the annoyance and with frequency.
  •      320kbps is the highest quality (paid) as with many of the other services. 160kbps on the free version.
  •      Mobile version isn’t exactly the most user- friendly.


 Free one-month trial; free with ads or $10/month ad-free.


  •      An outstanding 43+ million song library.
  •      Boasts Hi-Fi lossless quality for the 9.99 premium subscription which is more than any of the others can say.
  •      Works well on all devices.
  •      Diverse catalogue.
  •      Free version



  •      Doesn’t have a very nice interface.
  •      Curated playlists are not up to par.


 $9.99 a month hand an Elite version, for $14.99 (Family plan essentially)

Top audio streaming services pros, cons, and prices 2017


  •       The highest fidelity content on the market. Both FLAC and 24-bit masters! *#!k
  •       Pretty much the same style layout you’d come to expect from a music service.
  •       A lot of unique features such as live events, ticket sales, music videos and more


  •      Lacks the massive library it’s competitors have.
  •      Best suited for audiophiles who absolutely need the highest quality.
  •      Can be glitchy
  •      No free service


Free one-month trial; $10/month ($20/month for HiFi, with access to Hi-Res audio).


  •     Over 40 million songs in the library.
  •     Good for travel.
  •     Good choice for those who already use apple devices i.e Itunes or Iphone etc.


  •      Lower stream quality at 256kbps (though using generally better encoding)  
  •      Not a terribly intuitive interface for an apple product.
  •      Works best for those already familiar with apple products.
  •      No free service.


Apple Music costs $9.99 per month, or $14.99 per month for a family subscription for up to six people



  •     Comes with Amazon Prime If you are already a member.
  •     Pretty good curated playlists


  •    Lacking in library in comparison to pretty much all others on this list coming in at 2+ million.
  •    Disappointing interface that for me is quite a pain in the ass
  •    No free service.


Note: There is also Amazon unlimited for 79.99 a year for prime members and 9.99 for non-prime.


 Free for prime members.



  •    Massive library that covers pretty much anything and everything.
  •    Create a massive personal library with over 50k songs that can be uploaded.


  •    Tons of ads
  •    Inability to fast forward or rewind on free version.
  •    Free version is pretty bad with very little control.


Very limited free version

$9.99 while a family account can contain up to six members and costs $14.99


:Kudos to SoundCloud for for being a very impressive site to find new music from indie artists and those who are currently unsigned.


IF Radio is purely what you are after then check out the services below.




Being a techie all of my life, nearly all of my off and on time is spent working on and with computers.

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