There is no doubt that listening to music is one of the most enjoyable human experiences we can do daily. For a lot of people, music plays a vital role in their every life as an ever-present companion. There are studies as well that prove how simply listening to music can have an amazing effect on our emotions, mood, movement, and even our movement.
That being said, your iPhone becomes an even more valuable piece of everyday piece of equipment. More than just allowing you to stay in touch with people who matter, it lets you listen to music as long as you want. This is with the help of music streaming services you can easily download on your iPhone.
But with all the options out there, how do you know which one fits your needs? Don’t worry, we listed down and reviewed some of the most common music streaming apps you can choose from.
This service uses a tiering approach for its users. Much like some of the music streaming apps, you get to enjoy and try it out with a free version. Amazon Music Free gives you access to radio stations and even playlists. But you cannot select specific songs. Also, the quality of audio that you get maxes out at Standard Definition or SD.
As you move up the ladder, you get to Amazon Music Prime. It is still in SD but takes out the ads letting you listen non-stop to your favorite music. Amazon Music Unlimited is the top tier. It opens up ad-free options for songs in Standard Definition, High Definition (HD), Ultra HD, and even Spatial Audio. Plans start at $7.99/month for individuals and $14.99/month for the Family plan. The Family plan gives you access to 6 accounts you can use across different devices.
Apple has its own music streaming service which usually comes pre-installed in your iPhone. This is the go-to option for people who live and breathes Apple products. The thing with Apple Music is that there is no free version.
The individual plan starts at $9.99/month while the family plan is at $14.99. The Apple Music Individual gives you access to almost 90 million songs in the library and playlist. You can also use different devices with your account. The Family plan gives you the same access as the individual plan but for six people.
There are budget plans like the Apple Music Voice which is $4.99/month which is exclusive for Apple devices. It will not allow you to download songs for offline listening though. College students can also get the Student plan at $4.99/month which gives you the same as an Apple Music Individual account.
Dubbed as the “music community and online record store,” Bandcamp takes on a different approach to music streaming. The way it works is that when there is a song or artist that you like, you can purchase the digital or even the physical albums of those artists.
The good thing about it is that as much as 85% of the proceeds go directly to the artists. Bandcamp even waives their revenue shares every first Friday of the month so all proceeds go to the artist. You get to listen to your favorite song and support artists as well.
This music streaming app may not be as well known as Spotify or Apple Music but with almost 73 million songs, it is a serious option. You get to have a Free account where you get to choose playlists rather than songs with ads in between.
The Premium starts at $9.99/month which removes the ads and lets you download music.
Hi-Fi plan is similar to the Premium plan with the addition of high-fidelity songs and comes at $14.99/month.
The Budget plan at $14.99 gives you6 Premium accounts you can use on 13 different devices.
Considered to be a trailblazer in the music streaming industry, Pandora has gone through several changes but has now settled to specific pricing. But before you pay, you can check out the Free service where you can play specific songs and have unlimited skips provided you view an ad first/
The Pandora Plus still has ads at $4.99/month but audio quality is better than the free version and you can start offline listening. The Premium at $9.99/month removes the ads and you even get to create playlists and share them as well. For budget plans, the Family plan at $14.99/month gives access to six accounts. The app even has a Premium Military at $7.99/month and Student at $4.99/month as well.
Positioned as a service for true music fans, Tidal also offers 3 types of plans starting with a Free version. The song interruptions though in the Free plan aims to promote only the app so there are no 3rd party ads. The HiFi plan takes out interruptions and gives you offline listening at $9.99/month.
For $19.99/month, the Hi-Fi Plus plan includes Master quality to the songs you are listening to. ON top of that, you get to experience Sony 360 Reality Audio combined with Dolby Atmos technology. One thing to take note of as well is that Tiodal will give artists you listen to the most a 10% cut from your subscription.
Yes, Youtube has entered the music industry service with about 50 million tracks to start with. Their Free version comes with ads and occasional pauses ensuring you are still listening. On a desktop, you have to click play again and on your mobile, it stops when switching apps or if your screen goes dark.
For $9.99/month, you take out the ads and the interruptions. Here, you can start to download music as well. There is also a YouTube Premium account at $11.99/month where you get YouTube Music for free. Budget plans give you the Family plan at $14.99/month for 6 users. The Student plan comes out at $4.99/month with Premium access.
There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to music streaming services. You just have to look at what fits your lifestyle and even your budget.
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