We compare the biggest on-demand music streaming services to find the best one for you. Streaming music is cheap or even free in the case of Pandora and Spotify and outpaces any physical format when it comes to ease and convenience. In some cases, subscription services can sound indistinguishable from, or even better than, a CD. We've checked out the leading on-demand music streaming apps and options -- services such as Spotify, Pandora Premium , Apple Music and Tidal -- as well as Amazon Music Unlimited and YouTube Music to see how each platform stacks up for your subscription buck. While most boast 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.
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How to choose among Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more
When it comes to getting your music fix, more and more people are making the switch from physical formats and music downloads to streaming services. And it's easy to see why. The ability to access to tens of millions of tracks at the tap of a touchscreen means it has never been easier to hunt down old favourites or discover brand new bands and artists.
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The following is a list of on-demand music streaming services. The services offer streaming of full-length content via the Internet as a part of their service,  without the listener necessarily purchasing a file for download. Many of these sites have advertising and offer non-free options in the style of an online music store. For a list of online music stores that provide a means of purchasing and downloading music as files of some sort, see: Comparison of online music stores.
Please refresh the page and retry. But which music streaming service is best for you? What features do you need and what are the different offerings you can get from premium subscriptions? How long is the free trial, and what perks can you get? Which is cheaper, and how can you get a special rate when you subscribe? Here are the best music streaming services around, from Amazon Music Unlimited to Deezer, and the pros and cons of the best apps and sites out there:. A pple Music gives listeners access to 45 million songs and premium sounding music. If buying Apple Music, we advise you pay on an annual basis. Buy now. Amazon Music Unlimited comes with 40 million songs, ad-free, that can be downloaded to listen anywhere.