Everyone loves music, but for the most part, buying CDs is an act of the past. While purchasing individual songs from sites like iTunes can help you build a nice music library, there are always new songs coming out. And, you’ll probably continue to want new songs, so rather than spending a small fortune on individual songs, subscribing to a music streaming service could be your best bet. We’ve created a list of a few of our favorites and why we love them below before you make the commitment.
Pandora basically just consists of personalized radio stations on the internet. Radio stations always have ads, but Pandora offers a version without interruptions for $4.99 per month. When you like or dislike a track on Pandora, the station adapts to learn what kind of music like and plays more relevant songs.
A subscription to Spotify will cost around $10 per month, but there is a family subscription option. For $15 per month you can have up to six listeners on your Spotify account. This streaming service offers personalized playlists and premade stations by mood, genre, and other categories. There is a free version of the app, but it doesn’t allow you to skip unwanted songs or directly play a desired song.
Apple Music is exactly the same price as Spotify when it comes to singular and family memberships. One perk of Apple Music (if you have an iPhone) is that it incorporates your subscription into the preexisting music app. There is no free version of Apple music, but they offer a free three-month trial of the service.
SoundCloud is great for discovering new artists’ work, and even uploading your own music for people to hear. The services are free, but there is the option to upgrade to a Pro ($7 per month) and Pro Unlimited ($15 per month) to increase the amount of hours you can upload to the site.
What's your favorite music streaming app? Let us know in the comments below!