Here are our top 3 choices, the also-rans and why they might or might not work for you. Streaming music is the most convenient way to listen to your favorite songs. And if you are concerned about sound quality, it may surprise you that streaming music can sound indistinguishable from -- or even better than -- a CD. The question is which streaming music service is best for you? While most offer music catalogs of more than 50 million songs, each has its own unique pros and cons. We've also left out services that only play music in a radio format and don't offer a la carte listening. In most cases you'll need to build your library and playlists from scratch if you switch, unless you use a music locker service. There is another option -- Soundiiz -- which can read the library from each of your music services and transfer them. Read on to find an in-depth look at each of the services and a feature comparison, along with a full price breakdown in the chart at the bottom of the page.
Best for iPhone users
Google has announced that Play Music will eventually be switched off, with the aim of shifting customers over to the video-famous platform instead. Several refreshes in appearance and features over the last few years have done it the power of good. The quality of the competition remains an issue, though: Spotify and Apple Music are the mass market titans to tackle, both already offering five-star services. But YouTube Music is not quite the same as the rest. Students can get this at half-price. Spotify and Apple certainly have an edge here.
What is YouTube Music?
Download content for offline playback Expansive video options Student rates available Subscribing to artists through the app is separate from regular YouTube account subscirptions. Local file support is limited Audio quality Clunky interface Confusing to understand their different services. YouTube Music Premium is a great streaming service if you enjoy watching live performances, music videos, and covers. Its vast library is easy to get lost in. Audio quality falls short compared to the competition, but it's a viable option for anyone who needs to take their music on-the-go without incurring monthly overage charges from a network provider.