I wish I had the money to buy every single music album I liked. But let’s be real- that just isn’t practical for teenagers. Not everyone has the time to work, and when we do we have to work around school, sports, family, sleep, and taking care of ourselves. Needless to say, we don’t have an infinite supply of money. So we turn to music streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, or Pandora. We pay a little each month for what seems like unlimited music access. But between the terms and conditions, what is the best service? Today, we’re going to uncover that.
I grew up with Pandora. Pandora Internet Radio works by playing songs that are similar to the genre, song, artist, or album you entered into the home bar. It’s a great service for finding new music to listen to, and new songs- but you have very little control over what is coming next. However, for anyone interested in discovering new artists and new music Pandora might be the service for you. The one downside comes from the ads that play to support the artists. You can pay to remove these ads.
From Pandora I graduated to Spotify. Spotify works by providing on demand streaming of various artists and albums. This is great for those who want to listen to what they want, when they want it. Spotify uses advertisements to pay its artists as well. So for $9.99 a month you can get unlimited streaming, and offline play by downloading songs to your devices. However, Spotify accounts are only made for one person.
If you’re looking for a more ideal family plan, Apple Music is the way to go. For $14.99 a month, up to 6 people can stream unlimited music. The best part is, everyone can use their own Apple ID’s and register them together as a family plan. With this plan, you can stream your music for any Apple device, which is ideal for a family with mainly Apple devices. You can also download music for offline streaming.
The last big music streamer out there is Tidal. Tidal is known for having first-release exclusives, and artists not found anywhere else. Prince, for example, has his discography on Tidal, but not Spotify or Apple Music. The only drawback is the cost. Tidal is the most expensive streaming service, at $9.99 or $19.99 monthly, depending on the quality audio you chose.
Most services will provide discounts for students. Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music will all decrease costs 50% if you provide a .edu eail account.
Another concern of music lovers is storage. To compare this among services, the same album was downloaded for offline play from Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. Resultingly, Spotify took up the least amount of space compared to the other two.
At the end of the day, which is the best streaming service for you? Leave a comment and let us know which you use, and why you use that.