Music Streaming Services: What’s the big deal?

by on July 8, 2015

   There is Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music streaming services that are currently pushing out the usual way of listening to music- purchasing. Now there are subscription services that allow listeners to stream music via there own playlists. But what’s the difference from one streaming service from the next? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

   Apple Music was recently launched in June as one of the newest streaming service. For $9.99 a month, one can have access to about 30 million tracks on several of their personal devices. The service is directly connected to the iTunes app. In fact, that you purchased via iTunes is automatically synced to your Apple Amusic account. The service also allows users to define their specific music preferences, as well as song recommendations depending upon their preferences and recently listened to music. Also, you can use the service with a family plan. For $14.99 a month a six-person “family” can all use the service and share the cost.

   Cons to Apple Music, however, range from not offering free services (other than the first three months from launch date) to crash problems. Many users have encountered a slow reaction time with the app when using an LTe-serviced phone. This may be due to the amount of content Apple Music is able to store, but these glitches most likely will be fixed with newer versions of the application.

   Tidal streaming service was relaunched back in March, and had been backed by music’s biggest celebrities. Artist, Shawn Carter,or Jay-Z, is the new owner and has made it a point for artists to know that they will receive Betty royalty payments through this streaming service, as opposed to competitors. Chances are, your favorite artist may be a supporter or shareholder within the company, like Rihanna and Madonna, to name a few. The service had better listening quality, which will cost you $20 a month, or you can opt for the cheaper price of $10 a month for a lower sound quality. One is able to discover and create their own playlist as well as look at magazine-style features written by Tidal staff. Geatures also include the “Tidal Rising” tab which features emerging and unsigned artists, who can upload their music directly to the service.

   Cons of this service? It is the most expensive out of the three, but again you can opt for the cheaper service. Also, users say the response time is slower, a kink that will most likely be handled if a newer version is released.

   Spotify is the most popular out of the three. It’s been heading the music streaming business for the past few years. Unlike, Tidal and Apple Music, it allows user to stream music for free. Of course, one receives better perks with a paid subscription, but nonetheless you’re still able to listen to music for free. It features the user’s personal library of playlists, search options, radio and more.

   Cons for the service mainly concern the free service. With the free service, one can play any playlist from any device in shuffle mode, but only allowed to skip five times per day. On a computer, you can play any song at snytjne, but will still have to endure advertisements. If ads and shuffle are not your thing, you can opt to pay the $9.99 per month for a premium subscription.