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By Jessica Paolucci
All good things must come to an end, right? Well, It’s time to say goodbye to the LimeWire, YouTube to MP3, and AOL Radio days, because these powerhouse music streaming apps have emerged to take over your ears, your hearts, and even your bank accounts. Keep reading to find out the best music app for your phone.
Apple Music, home to 50 million ad-free songs, charging $10.99 a month ($4.99 for students) with a free three-month trial. The “discover” feature creates “for you” playlists that are custom to your taste and listening trends based on the day of the week. You also have access to top music videos, breaking news, and exclusive programming as well as the ability to search for songs based on the lyrics (the ones you remember, of course). It allows you to download any music to your device for offline playing (for those times when we aren’t connected to Wifi).
On the other hand is Spotify Premium. $9.99 a month ($4.99 for students) with a free 30-day trial. Spotify Premium gives access to millions of songs with no advertisements, unlimited skips, and the ability to download your music for offline listening. The only difference between Apple Music and Spotify is that Spotify has a “free” option that lets you shuffle songs but also includes advertisements. So why go premium? You’ll have access to high-quality audio, millions of songs, and unlimited skips as well as avoid advertisements and shuffle songs.
For all of you who prefer to drop your own beat, Soundcloud is the best music app for you. Soundcloud has been music creators’ blank canvas since their launch in 2008. Now, it is home to a vast selection of music from amateurs and well-known artists. Soundcloud allows you to upload your personal sounds and share them publicly or privately on your account. Soundcloud is a unique music app because they provide feedback through detailed stats from their community. This sets Soundcloud apart from the other music apps. Soundcloud also offers Soundcloud Go+ for $9.99 a month. This gives you access to offline listening, no ads or previews, and the largest collection of music streaming tracks on the planet.
Last but not least is Tidal. Tidal is in the same family as Soundcloud, as creators can post their music to share with the world. Tidal differs from the other music apps by offering exclusive content and special features on music. It was founded by Jay-Z with the purpose of bringing artists and fans together. For $9.99 a month, you can have their standard “premium” service that provides you access to over 48.5 million songs and 175,000 high definition music videos with standard sound quality. But, for $19.99 a month, you can have their “HiFi” (high fidelity) service that provides you with the best sound quality that no other music app can offer.
So the real question is, which music app will serve as your pocket-size DJ? Truth is, there is no right or wrong answer. It really depends on you. Each music app has their positives and negatives, but it’s up to you to decide which is the best fit for you.
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