May 24, 2019 read, explore

What’s The Best Music Streaming Service?

Right now is a crazy time to choose a music streaming service. There are so many music-streaming services out there. This list will serve as a comparison between them all. The music-streaming market is quickly getting crowded, so it can be difficult to find the best one.

As you may know, Apple is just now joining the streaming music business with its launch of Apple Music last month. Apple Music is likely to push some of the other alternatives out of the way. But you may be happier, and better off going with a company other than Apple.


The good

  • great free option
  • large music library
  • intelligent radio stations

The bad

  • premium costs $9.99/month
  • can sometimes be a sluggish application

Overall Spotify is a pretty cool service. It allows for ad-supported, on-demand music streaming from a desktop or laptop. However, when using Spotify on mobile with a free subscription, on-demand is not available.


The good

  • very intelligent radio stations
  • free, ad-supported radio stations
  • fast, well-designed

The bad

  • on-demand listening is not available

Pandora has been my favorite music discovery tool for years. You can create stations based around a song or artist you like and find new, similar music.

[Note: yes, I know Pandora is not an on-demand music streamer. I think it’s still a great music streaming service.]

Apple Music

The good

  • large library of on-demand music
  • free 3-month trial

The bad

  • $9.99/month after trial
  • not the best designed

Apple Music still needs to be polished. It can be a bit confusing using the new service, but the sound quality is good, and the music library is huge. Though I’ve already found some music that’s available on the iTunes store, but not on Apple Music.

Google Play Music All Access

The good

  • Extensive library
  • well-designed

The bad

  • $9.99/month
  • not airplay compatible
  • no iPad app

Even though I use iPhone, I’ve been a fan of Google Play Music for a few years now. Google recently jumped into the streaming music world when it unveiled its Google Play Music All Access. I would recommend this service to Android users and Google fans.

Which is the best?

Only you can decide which service is the best. We’ve established that all on-demand streaming music services charge users $10 a month, with the exception of Spotify. If you do most of your listening on your desktop, there’s really no reason to pay for a service when you can get it for free on Spotify.

Spotify is also very cross-platform compatible. You can access your Spotify account from just about every device you own. In that way, Spotify definitely has an edge.

On the other hand, if you only have Apple products–like me–then Apple Music could be a smart way to go as well.

Overall, though, I think Spotify wins this battle. They’ve been in this game for a lot longer than Apple and Google, and have a pretty great service. Still, I would suggest you try each service out. Most of them will offer you a free trial.




Related Posts

iPhone needs a Finder-like application

iPhones are the best phone out there (sorry faithful android users). But they could still be improved. One thing iPhones...

How to rank in Google in 2019

SEO is incredibly important for any website. And the best strategies for it change all the time. So staying on...

Change This iPhone Setting Or You May Be Sexually Harassed

AirDrop sexual harassment is now a thing. Strangers sending unwanted pictures, videos, or documents to people they don’t know is...

Can You Play Video Games Like ‘Call of Duty’ With Satellite Internet?

Satellite internet is a necessity for some Americans. Few would ever choose a satellite connection over a wired one; you...

How To Recover Files That You’ve Deleted

Deleting an important file on accident is literally the worst. Something you needed is suddenly just gone. Thankfully there are...

Apple Is Losing Its Mind

Apple has–or is in the process of–losing its mind. People will argue when exactly Apple started heading in the wrong...

GDC Indie Spotlight

GDC 2016 had so much to cover, it’s stretched this long. We did, however, save the best for last here...

GDC: In Retrospect

Going into GDC 2016, we had a lot of expectations. The Game Developer’s Conference is obviously a work conference, aiming...

GDC Highlights: 30 Years In Games

Attending the “30 Years of Making Games” session, we immediately felt what we wanted to desperately feel: nostalgia. Sitting in...

GDC Highlights: The Truth About VR

Going to GDC, we knew VR would be a major talk point this year. The areas of coverage focusing on...

Virtual Reality Blew My Mind

I needed a new laptop, so I went into my local tech store. The kid helping me was very nice...

Polls And Their Help In Development

Recently, Mark Darrah, the executive producer on Dragon Age, took to Twitter to create a poll. He asked players if...

The Government’s Fight With Apple Is A Bigger Deal Than You Think

Apple is being ordered by the U.S. government to unlock one of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. The company is...

Why Autonomous Vehicles Are Necessary

When the automobile originally came into production, there was a lot of pushback. “Who needs a car?” people questioned. “A...

Announcement: Oatboat To Attend GDC Next Month

That’s right, readers, Oatboat will be attending this year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC)! What Will Be Covered Yours truly will...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *