By JAYLA MOODY (@jaylasmoody)
Photo credit goes to Huffington Post UK.
It looks like 2016 is going to be the year of music, but listeners have become extremely indecisive trying to figure out which music service to use. Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Zayn, Beyonce and Drake have all dropped albums since January. But not everyone was able to listen to the new music on their release dates.
Spotify is a music and video streaming service that can be used on mobile devices and a PC. You can access, create and share playlists, watch music videos, listen to podcasts and even buy tickets to a concert near you.
The service offers a premium account that gets rid of ads, has unlimited skips and what can really come in handy: offline listening. Spotify streams over 20 million songs, but Kanye West, Beyonce and Drake’s album weren’t originally released on the streaming service.
Jay-Z’s Tidal has been in the spotlight a lot lately, mostly because of its exclusive streaming of Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” and Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” The service offers the big names in music along with a higher quality of listening.
The $19.99 a month option offers Hi-Fi lossless music quality. (Yeah, I don’t know what it is either.) But for the masters in the field, this is definitely a choice to consider. The app offers playlists curated by experts and professionals, rough tracks, an offline mode to download songs onto your device and high-definition music videos.
My personal favorite is Apple Music, because it combines your music library with the songs the service streams. The service allows you to listen to all of these songs offline, simply by selecting the “Make Available Offline” option. Apple Music also offers recommended songs and playlists, like “Skating Ring Jams,” radio stations and a Connect option for musicians to stream music.
Still don’t know which app would be best for you? I don’t think you have to choose right away, but here’s what you should know about them before you do.
"Spotify streams over 20 million songs, but Kanye West, Beyonce and Drake’s album weren’t originally released on the streaming service."
Beyonce's "Lemonade." Photo credit goes to billboard.com.
(1) Tidal offers a 30-day free trial. If you don’t like it, cancel the subscription on Day 30. They won’t charge you a dime. If you do like it, Tidal Premium is $9.99 a month and Tidal HiFi is $19.99 a month.
(2) Tidal gives students a 50 percent discount. The service will be $4.99 a month for a premium account and $9.99 for HiFi.
(3) Tidal also offers a family plan. For each added family member, half of the original monthly payment will be charged per month. For premium, each member will be $4.99 extra a month and $9.99 for HiFi.
(4) Tidal is available on the web, Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices, but it is NOT available on Windows phones.
(5) If you’re too lazy to make your own playlists, Spotify might be a good option to consider. Spotify creates a weekly playlist made just for you based on the songs you’ve listened to and showed interest in.
(6) Spotify has playlists curated for the mood you're currently in, or maybe the opposite, if you want to get out of a mood.
(7) Spotify’s free option does include shuffle play, but not unlimited skips and offline listing.
(8) Spotify also offers a 50 percent discount for students. Try Premium for only $4.99 a month. Spotify has a family plan that is $14.99 for two members per month, $19.99 for three members per month, $24.99 for four members per month and $29.99 for five members per month.
(9) Apple Music offers a three-month free trial. You read it right: three whole months. After three months, it’ll cost $9.99 a month, but the family plan is only $14.99 for up to six people. This plan is much cheaper than Tidal and Spotify’s family plans.
(10) Apple Music can be accessed on any Apple device, a PC, Windows devices and Android devices.
These services give you a lot to consider when making your decision, but regardless of the one you decide on, the streaming war will continue. Happy listening.