Is it better to spin tracks on Spotify, scroll deep into Apple Music, discover new sounds on YouTube Music, or jam out to Tidal? I’m reviewing all four music streaming options so that you can make sure you’re getting the most beats for your buck.
Let’s face it– life’s more fun with music. Thanks to music streaming, we have millions of songs at our fingertips. Every single day is your own personal party. And with music streaming apps, you pay a flat-rate monthly cost, and can stream as much ad-free music as you can handle, (so long as your data plan can keep up). It's paradise. But with so many music streaming services available, and all of them with comparable music library sizes, which one do you choose?
Right now, Spotify is by far the most popular music streaming service. In fact, it’s so popular that it’s becoming its very own verb. We don’t stream music anymore – we Spotify it. It’s like a good cheddar cheese – it keeps getting better with age. The best thing about Spotify would have to be how social it is. Music is like a great bottle of wine; it’s best enjoyed when shared - and the crew at Spotify know that. You can link your Spotify to your Facebook so that you can find and follow your friends, listen to their public playlists, or ping them your new favourite songs.
In fact, Spotify knows that music streaming is a collaborative experience, and they've introduced Family Mixes and Blends. A Family Mix is available to any family with a Premium Family account, and it mixes everyone's music tastes into one playlist—perfect for family car trips or pumping the tunes out on the wireless speakers at home. If you’re not on a family account, Blends are available to anyone with a premium account. Just share a link with a friend, and Spotify makes you a shared playlist that’s the perfect blend of your music tastes. Great quality of life features like collaborative listening sessions that let multiple people contribute to the music streaming queue as they listen in, even from afar, make using Spotify a no-brainer for anyone who loves streaming music with friends.
But it’s not just about sharing – Spotify really care about your musical journey. Every week, you get a personalised Discover Weekly playlist that includes 30 songs Spotify thinks you would dig based on what you’ve played lately or what your friends like. Plus, your daily mixes, up to five playlists made for you and frequently refreshing that each capture a different vibe of your music listening style.
Add in the massive stack of curated playlists that are updated with new songs every week, so you’ll always have new tracks, and you’ll never run out of new tunes. The Concerts Feed is by far my favourite feature. You’ll never miss a gig again because it gives you a list of upcoming concerts based on your tastes and location - yass queen! And, when you follow your favourite artists, Spotify keeps you in the loop with their new releases. You’ll get a notification every time they drop a new track. Plus, they’ve got auto and video podcasts for your listening and watching pleasure –so what’s not to love about it?