The best music streaming services
November 2, 2017
November 2, 2017
The world of on-demand music streaming has never been more crowded. As more and more listeners shy away from physical recordings in favour of massive online music libraries, music streaming services keep popping up, each offering a varied amount of songs, features, and its own quirks. But only a choice few have what it takes to join our list of the best music streaming services.
Connexin Have put a list of the top 4 music streaming services, check them out below.
Why you should subscribe: It’s the best music discovery platform you’ll find, it has a huge catalog, and it can be tested for free indefinitely.
Spotify – https://www.spotify.com/uk/
Price – Free or £9.99 monthly or £14.99 family plan (up to six users) or £4.99 per month for students
Connexin Rating – 5/5
With millions more paying subscribers than the closest competition, Spotify is — by a wide margin — the most popular on-demand streaming service on the market today. That’s true for a number of reasons, including the service’s extremely user-friendly interface on desktop , iOS, and Android.
Those looking to find their next favorite band will also love Spotify for its updated playlists like Monday’s Discover Weekly and New Music Friday, all of which follow your listening habits to recommend surprisingly fitting new artists to match up with your listening tastes.
Spotify is the best music streaming service, with the wide range of catalogue, from the easy to us application on all devices.
Why you should subscribe: You’re a diehard Apple user looking for the best service to integrate with all your stuff.
Apple Music – https://www.apple.com/uk/music/
Price – £9.99 monthly or £14.99 family plan (up to six users) + three-month free trial
Connexin Rating – 4/5
With millions more paying subscribers than the closest competition, Spotify is — by a wide margin — the most popular on-demand streaming service on the market today. That’s true for a number of reasons, including the service’s extremely user-friendly interface on desktop, iOS, and Android.
It’s comprised of five menus: Library, For You, Browse, Radio and Search. Library and Search are self-explanatory, while For You presents personalised songs, albums and playlists based on your music taste. Browse is where you can find the latest songs and playlists on Apple Music, and Radio is where you can access Beats1 amongst other stations.
In addition to music videos, Apple has started to create original TV shows: Planet of the Apps and the infamous Carpool Karaoke with James Corden are two of the biggest hits at the moment, with the latter including Game of Thrones cast members and Will Smith.
Why you should subscribe: With over a hundred million user-created tracks, SoundCloud has one of the most diverse indie libraries online.
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/
Price – Free
Connexin Rating – 3/5
SoundCloud’s biggest asset is its extremely creative, massive user base. With nearly 200 million active users per month and a huge number of small-name artists constantly uploading their latest and greatest songs to the service, those who have the patience to dig through SoundCloud’s immense track list are sure to find an unknown artist they love.
However, because it has so many songs and a layout designed around single tracks rather than playlists, SoundCloud really is for crate-digger types — those who’d prefer to sift through tons of tunes to find their next favorite band, rather than relying on a computer algorithm to predict what they may or may not like.
Why you should subscribe: You demand the highest audio resolution and you’re willing to pay for it.
Tidal – http://tidal.com/
Price – £9.99 monthly (320 kbps max) or £8.49 monthly with six-month pre-pay, £19.99 ‘HiFi’ (1411 kbps max) or £16.99 monthly with six-month pre-pay – up to four family members at 50% discount on standard rate
Connexin Rating – 2/5
his might sound a bit like a service doubling down on offering a more audiophile experience — for those who really care about music. And that’s cemented by Tidal’s HiFi option. If you have the kit and ears to enjoy FLAC streaming, you’re probably not going to want to settle for anything less.
It’s admittedly not always noticeable, and during testing we did flip between Tidal HiFi and the best settings on other services, wondering whether our ears were defective. But then we’d hear that extra definition, depth and space — that hint of clarity that suddenly made the exact same track elsewhere feel ever so slightly mushy and muddy.
Tidal Discovery gets unsigned bands out to a wider audience, and Tidal Rising flags artists on the verge of making it big. At the other end of the scale, Tidal enjoys streaming exclusives such as Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade, Jay Z’s Blueprint trilogy, and the bulk of the Prince catalogue.