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Top players in music streaming compared – UK

There are 4 music streaming services that are considered “big players” namely Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.

Even though all four offer similar large catalogues of music, each of them have their own set of unique features that differentiate each one from the rest. So, picking a music streaming service can be tricky. Let’s take a closer look at the top music streaming services as reported by Max Langridge from the news article posted on Pocket-lint.
Apple Music: is ideal if you depend on iTunes. Any music added from Apple Music’s cloud server are combined into iTunes library on your device. Apart from having a huge catalogue that includes music videos and exclusive content from select artists, a 24-hour beats radio station is also offered which is great to find new music.

Price:

  • £9.99/month per user.
  • £14.99/month for a family of six
  • Free to listen to Beats 1 without subscription

Devices:

  • iOS
  • Mac
  • PC
  • Android
  • Spotify: is currently the leader of music streaming with over 50 million paying subscribers. It can be accessed on a wide range of speakers, soundbars and other home entertainment equipment through Spotify Connect. The drawback is that adding own music to Spotify library is not as simple as Apple’s offering.

Price:

  • Free tier with adverts.
  • £9.99/month for Premium tier
  • 50 per cent off Premium with Unidays or NUS Extra for student
  • £15/month for a family of five

Devices:

  • Android
  • BlackBerry
  • Boxee
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • MeeGo
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Openpandora OS X
  • PlayStation
  • Roku
  • S60 (Symbian)
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sonos
  • Squeezebox
  • Telia Digital-tv
  • TiVo
  • WD TV
  • webOS
  • Windows Mobile
  • Withings Aura.
  • Home entertainment systems and cars via Spotify Connect

Google Play music: enables adding up to 50,000 of own songs to online library which can be downloaded for offline listening across devices if you pay for the unlimited plan. It offers instant sharing via Google and is available for several devices.
Price:

  • £9.99/month
    Devices:
  • Android
  • PC
  • Mac
  • iOS

Amazon Music Unlimited: is the latest music streaming service to have been launched. It offers different plans that are priced differently for offering the same content depending on whether you are a Prime subscriber or if you want to use it through an Echo device.
Price:

  • £9.99/month for non-Prime subscribers
  • £7.99/month or £79/year for Prime subscribers
  • £3.99/month when used through a single Echo device
    £14.99/month or £149/year for up to six family members

Devices:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Mac
  • PC
  • Web Player
  • Echo
  • Amazon Fire devices
  • Select home entertainment systems and cars

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