The Best Music Streaming Services of 2016

In this world of technology, everything is changing from booking movie tickets to listening music. Buying music started from cassettes, CD’s and later we came to the stage when no one was buying music CD’s. The reason was downloading songs directly to computer or laptops which was much easier and cheaper way to listen to favorite songs.

We are now more advanced and took few steps ahead. These days we use music streaming services rather than download favorite songs because this way you can save space on your mobile phones or computers. Not only that, this will help you to listen any of your favorite songs wherever you are if you are connected to the internet.

Obviously, preferences changes and you can’t download every song you like so music streaming is the best way to listen music these days for a small monthly fee. This is the reason, we have listed some of the best internet based music streaming service that are packed with lots of attractive features, lets have a look.

1. Spotify

Spotify has two versions, free and premium. The free version supports advertisements and is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows mobile, PC and Mac OS. The premium version of Spotify includes many features like offline playback and access to on demand songs on any device. You can choose from over 30 millions that are available in the large catalog and search by album, artist, genre etc. Spotify features lots of personalized playlists that get updated regularly on every Monday. The user interface is simple yet intuitive and includes sub categories along with the search tool. The integration of popular social network Facebook makes sharing so easy for the user.


2. Tidal

Tidal is a feature rich music streaming service which is recommended for its amazing sound quality and vast catalogue which contains around 30 million tracks and 75,000 HD videos. It has a desktop app that works fine with Mac OS X and Windows and the mobile version is compatible with both iOS and Android. Tidal Hi-Fi provides  lossless music streaming and bitrate up to 1411kbps to ensure that users get incredible sound quality. The app has an intuitive interface with playback and search screens that look familiar. Tidal also offers offline playback for premium as well as Hi-Hi users.


3. Apple Music

Apple Music is one of the most popular music streaming service which has around 11 million active users across the globe. They offer free trial for 3 months, but after that you need to go for the paid service to continue. Apple Music works fine with iOS, Android, Apple Watch, Mac and Windows PC. Paid users get the facility of saving music and play that offline. It integrates popular radio stations like a 24-hour, Beats 1 etc. and gives you access to the intensive catalog having over 30 million songs. The family pack can be used by maximum six people and the service is available in 113 countries.


4. Pandora

The free tier, which is basically a radio service has a so many ads and doesn’t give the option to play on demand songs. Though, the paid version is cheaper compare to its rivals. Pandora doesn’t provide the facility to create a playlist or download any song because at core, its a radio service. The music catalog is not as vast as you get in Apple Music or Spotify. However, it has some qualities that may impress many users, for example the mobile version is free and includes sufficient features. The app is best in terms of song discovery, affordable price also makes it preferable for many users.

5. SoundCloud

The highly popular basic SoundCloud app is free for the users and is compatible with Android, iOS and web. The paid version has some additional features like offline playback facility. SoundCloud allows users to share music on social networking sites such as Facebook and can be used as a massive platform by artists and music enthusiasts. You can create playlists or use readymade playlists, choose any song to play from a huge catalog and also upload your own content. There is no size limit for uploading a file, but there is no editing tool available to make further corrections. Overall, SoundCloud is an easy to use service with a good amount of features and has a simple interface for the users.


6. Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a powerful music streaming service available for web, iOS and Android platforms. There is a free version available with limited services and if you want to unlock more, then go for the monthly paid service. Alike the Apple Music, Google Play Music also offers family pack that includes six users. It offers bitrate up to 320 kbps and allows users to playback saved music offline on any device. You can select a song from the huge catalog, including approximately 35 million songs and also upload 50,000 songs (300 MB size per song) in the cloud. It features radio stations, playlists, search tool, a cool interface and more.


7. Amazon Music Unlimited

It is the first music streaming service launched by Amazon, which has nice features and is compatible with Android, iOS, Mac OS, Windows PC and web. Though, it lacks in terms of the ability to discover a song or personalization from other popular services like Spotify and Apple Music but has a vast catalog of over 40 million songs and offers a family plan for six users with monthly or annual subscription options. You can playback saved songs offline and enjoy the top notch sound quality delivered by Amazon.

8. Microsoft Groove

A brand new free music streaming app for Windows 10 which allows users to play their favourite songs, create and listen to the playlists and do a lot more. The app is available for iOS and Android users too. Groove can also select a playlist for the background music on your Xbox and enhance the fun part while playing games. Users can add their favourite MP3 songs to OneDrive (Cloud service of Microsoft) and play them where ever they want. Infect, if they want to play songs offline then all they need to do it just download albums, playlists etc. from OneDrive into the device. You can discover the song by artist, album or the title from your phone and enjoy ad-free music all the time.


9. Deezer Music

Deezer is undoubtedly one of the best internet based music streaming service for music on demand. Users can choose from a vast catalog of over 40 million songs and enjoy bitrate up to 1411 kbps for excellent sound quality. The service has a free as well as paid version that offers additional services like offline playback. It is definitely great in terms of features, personalization and lets users share music easily on social platforms like Facebook. The app is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows PC.


The free version of any music streaming app gives you the basic facility of listening to a song, but to get the most out of it you should go for the premium version and unlock more features. The premium version associates a cost, but still can be proved convenient for you because it lets you save all your favourite songs into the device any play them anytime.

About Yogesh Mankani

Yogesh Mankani is a freelance content writer from last 6 years. His passion for blogging, giving words to his ideas and thoughts is what makes him fall more in love with his profession which he takes very personally.

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