The music industry as you know is ever changing. While digital distribution is still quite widespread, many users now gravitate towards streaming music. Even music labels are finally on board with this new trend, and Spotify is often considered to be the most significant music streaming service with the best discovery and recommendation system too.
Looking at this golden opportunity, a lot of music streaming services have since given up, giving the fact that Spotify has gone far ahead of them. If you are an existing Spotify user who would instead like to check out other streaming services or maybe you are finding Spotify a bit too expensive, well you don’t need to worry as this article is a compilation of the top 5 Spotify alternatives for you
1. Apple Music
Apple Music is one of the most reputed music streaming services with over 60 million paid subscribers all over the world yet it still lags behind Spotify by a considerable margin. The service gives you access to a catalogue ranging from over 50 million tracks for streaming and sync of your iTunes library as well as gives you the ability to upload your music library to the service. The recommendation system is not the best, but it is okay from the experience i have had with it.
One of the features of Apple Music is exclusive album launches and 24/7 Beats1 radio station, curated playlists and so much more. It is lush with features which includes Apple watch and Siri integration but the social experience is now being pulled out , and there is the lack of a free version which is one of the major plus Spotify has over it. You can pick between the free version, a monthly subscription, with cheaper family and student plans.
Availability: Web (Unofficial); Android and iOS
2. Google Play Music
Google‘s Music streaming service is also a solid option for music streaming especially when it’s pre-loaded on Android devices, and you don’t need to look elsewhere. It gives Android users
access to more than 35 million songs , and it also lets you upload over 50,000 songs from your playlist , and discover podcasts as well. The artist recommendation along with great genre and affordable family plans which makes the streaming platform quite appealing.
it’s quite interesting to know that the app learns your music references over some time and then gives you curated radio stations based on artists you have previously listened to based on genres, right on the home screen and its great.
Google’s Music stack is a bit messy just like messaging stack, and you can use YouTube Music which is available for cross platforms to stream tracks on your smartphone as well. It also plays music tracks from YouTube so you can be able to see video alongside the latest music tracks, with background playback and no ads.
Available: Web ; Android and iOS
3. Amazon Music
From selling musical contents digitally to streaming, Amazon has also dipped its toes in this fledgeling segment. Amazon Music allows you to listen to a massive catalogue of songs through your Prime subscription, but Amazon Music Unlimited opens up the whole library of over 50 million songs to you. It presents you with unlimited skips, an ad-free experience, and the ability to download songs and then control playback using Alexa .
Amazon Music may have a considerable library and new releases made available in time, but the one thing that I dislike about this platform is its user interface. It is dated and similar to Amazon’s official app which is improving but slowly, as well as clunky too. Users would not be drawn to using the streaming service if it was not for the Alexa voice integration in the app and Prime subscription that makes its users curious.
Available on Web, Android and iOS
Pandora is not just one of the oldest, but it’s also one of the most popular streaming services out there. It has been in existence since 2002 and currently boasts of 75 million active users, even though it’s has been in the industry for quite a long time. It has one of the largest music libraries, but it also makes it available in the form of radio stations, which is fantastic by the way. I won’t have found a lot of good rappers if no for the Mac Miller station, also its recommendation system is pretty high.
The platform’s free tier limit you from skipping songs and includes some ads between the songs, and it can also be found on the playback screen which I found to be annoying. The monthly subscription comes with no commercials, unlimited skips, higher quality audio and replays, is available when you subscribe to Pandora Plus for just $4.99 per month with a 30-day free period. Sadly, due to DMCA regulations, Pandora is available only in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Available: Web , Android and iOS
5. Tidal Music
Tidal is a music subscription service based on subscription; a famous rap star Jay-Z owns it. It combines lossless audio and high fidelity (Hi-Fi) music videos with curated editorial. The service prides itself on providing its users with the highest quality of music contents and also disbursing the highest percentage of royalties to music artists and songwriters in contrast to its competitions. Then, there is ‘Tidal X’ experience that brings listeners close to their favourite artists.