Music streaming services used to be largely defined by their song libraries. For example, Taylor Swift could have been on Apple Music but not Spotify, and Tidal was originally focused on hip hop. Nowadays, these services have similar catalogs, featuring millions of songs and playlists, and they usually all release new albums at the same time. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding your favorite artist on any of these.
What separates them today is the quality of music discovery, whether it is based on algorithms or human curation, the user experience on desktop and mobile applications, the devices with which you can them. use and their sound quality. Most of them have free levels, but the experience gets better if you subscribe and pay a monthly fee. We put them all to the test, and they are our favorites. Be sure to check out our many other buying guides, including the best wireless headphones, the best wireless headphones, and the best budget headphones.
Update July 2021: We’ve revamped our picks with new features and we’ve also added slides explaining the lossless audio format and how to determine your needs.
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