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. Spotify is the pioneer in the music-streaming space arguably the best known.
Streaming radio networks
Sharing is Nice
At the start of a new year, I always want to listen to a lot of new music. The radio is great and all, but the lack of control is a big minus. There are now tons of great options for those of us who want a steady stream of new music that can be customized to our exact tastes. Best for : those who want the biggest selection, the smoothest interface, and also enjoy collaborating on playlists. They have the biggest selection of songs and the best user interface.
Don’t Forget the Good Ol’ Public Library
With many of us stuck in our home offices during the pandemic , the silence gets pretty boring. You may require tunes to work -- or maybe you need to drown out the distractions. Either way, while there are numerous music streaming services well worth paying for, there's also plenty of stuff that you can access for free. Most of the paid services also offer free trials. We've listed services here with completely free tiers, though you can upgrade to a higher level of service to remove ads, increase the size of the music library, allow more skips, or improve stream quality in bitrate. ZDNet and the author were not compensated for this independent review. A streaming platform is a cloud-based service that has a catalog of music typically sorted by genre or artist. These contain playlists of albums or other thematic ways of sorting such as by decades, style, or mood so that the music can be randomly accessed. They either have apps or websites and can be integrated with a smart speaker device Amazon Echo, Google Home, Sonos , but some such as YouTube or Deezer require paying for the premium tiers.