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)
- 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.