Top 3 Music Streaming Services in 2018

Top 3 Music Streaming Services in 2018

It’s pretty obvious that everyone enjoys music. Thanks to modern technology we have access to more music now than ever before and can create playlists, share songs with each other, listen to our favorite songs without commercials, and more. A number of music streaming apps are what make all of these options possible but if you’re looking for one to sign up for it can be a little confusing since there are now so many. We’ve put together the top 3 best apps for streaming music featuring pros and cons so you can easily figure out which app is best for you.

Apple Music:

Apple Music is a streaming service that costs $9.99 a month. It gives listeners access to over 45 million songs and boasts great sound quality. A big pro to this app is that it gives you a 3-month trial with most iPhones and iPads at no charge so you can see for yourself if this app is right for you. They have almost 30 million subscribers and stream their music at 256kbps AAC. You can download up to 100,000 songs and listen to Beats 1 Radio. Pricing is the same when compared to Spotify, however, Spotify does have a free option available to users who can’t afford a monthly subscription. You can pay annually for Apple Music which is most recommended because it will save you $20.00 a year which is cheaper than Spotify.

Amazon Unlimited Music and Prime Music:

Amazon is the biggest competition for Apple Music and Spotify. The difference between Amazon Unlimited Music and Prime Music is that Prime Music is a feature included for Amazon Prime members and breaks down to $7.99 a month. Amazon Music Unlimited is $9.99 unless you are a Prime member ($7.99). It has a song library of over 40 million songs that are free of ads and can be easily downloaded. Prime Music features 2 million songs that are available to anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription at $79.00 annually. There is a free trial offer for 30 days.

There is an exclusive offer available to those with an Amazon Echo Smartspeaker. You can buy one or if you already have one all you have to do is ask the echo: “Alexa, try Amazon Music Unlimited.” and you will only have to pay $3.99 a month! This app offers the cheapest deal for anyone who has an Echo.

Spotify:

Spotify is the only music subscription service on this list that offers a completely free service. You will have to listen to ads if you use the free version. If you want to subscribe, the cost will be $9.99 a month. Spotify is the most popular music streaming app. You can build playlists from a song library of over 35 million songs, follow your favorite artists, and easily discover new music with the suggested artists or Discover Weekly feature. Spotify is the largest music subscription service and streams at 320kbps which is a faster rate than Apple Music.

Joshua Gruss is the Chairman of Round Hill Music.

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