Music streaming applications are becoming increasingly popular. The number of apps downloads of this type grew in mid-March, reflecting the isolation period sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Among them, Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music are the best known, but there are several other not so popular music apps for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones that can compete with these platforms.
In the list below, Techidence brings a very complete comparison with the main music apps available in the country. Check below the monthly prices, features, and benefits of each service.
Spotify is one of the most popular music listening applications of the moment. To use the service you must register on the platform and choose between free and paid subscription options. Spotify Free subscribers are not charged any monthly fee, but the mode displays ads and has some restrictions of use. Spotify is available for Android and iPhone phones, and computers with Windows and macOS, and smart TVs and video games. The app can also be used in smartwatches and virtual assistants.
Spotify offers four subscription plans: Individual, Duo, Family, and students. In any of the subscriptions, you can choose the music you want to listen to on all the playlists, it is not interrupted by ads on the platform, you can download music to listen offline and you also have access to the option to listen to tracks in high quality, besides being able to take your music on international trips.
With Spotify Free, however, it is not possible to choose the track you want to listen to at the moment, or you will only be able to do this on a few specific playlists. And besides displaying ads, it is also not possible to download songs to listen to offline, that is, you can only listen to the songs if you have a stable Internet connection.
Spotify premium plans are priced at $9.99 per month for Individual, $4.99 per month for Students, $12.99 for Duo, and $14.99 for Family. The app usually also offers three months free for subscribers. The Individual and Students give the right to only one account, while the Duo offers two accounts for couples living together and the Family gives the right to six accounts for people from the same family.
Deezer is another streaming platform that has the option to listen to free music with the Free plan. However, the app has restrictions: it is not possible to choose specific tracks to listen to or skip songs, as the service selects random songs from a playlist or album. The free plan also displays ads and does not allow downloading songs to listen to offline.
With Deezer’s paid plans, the functionalities change: it is possible to listen to songs you want when you want, there is no limit to skip tracks and it is also possible to download music or playlists to listen to when you have no Internet connection. Among the paid options, the app offers Deezer Premium, Family, HiFi, and Student.
The Premium plan offers only one individual account and costs $9.99 per month. The Student is for students, as the name says, and is the cheapest plan, with a monthly fee of $4.99. For the most demanding with music quality, Deezer offers the HiFi plan, with a price of $14.99 per month. Finally, the Family subscription has the same price as the previous plan and gives the right to six accounts for people from the same family.
Besides the monthly subscriptions, the app offers a plan with fidelity for one year, with a price of $99. And, as the competitor Spotify, the streaming also offers a free trial for paid plans. Deezer is available at Google and Apple stores, but can also be accessed on the web by computer or by application, available for Windows and macOS. The app is also compatible with smartwatches, smart TVs, and video games and can also be accessed in cars.
YouTube Music is another streaming music option. Available on the web, through Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge browsers, and in apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad (iOS), the service can also be accessed on smart TVs and smart displays. The music app has a premium plan that costs $11.99 per month but offers a free 30-day trial option. The subscription brings benefits such as, among other things, the playback in the second plan and the possibility of downloading music, besides not displaying ads.
With YouTube Music Premium, you can choose whether you want to listen to only the audio of songs or if you want to watch the artists’ videos. Both options can be used in the background, that is, you do not need to have the app open to listen to the music or watch the video. Also, the premium plan does not display ads on the smartphone screen. There is also the possibility to download music to listen to even without an Internet connection, however, the download is available for only 30 days.
Amazon’s music subscription services are two: Prime Music and Music Unlimited. Prime Music is a benefit for Amazon Prime subscribers and has 2 million songs available in the music app. Music Unlimited is a subscription service and has over 60 million songs available to subscribers. There are three plans for Music Unlimited: Individual, Family, and Echo.
Music Unlimited is available on Android and iPhone (iOS) phones and Windows and macOS computers. The Individual plan costs $7.99 per month or $79 per year. The Family subscription allows the use of up to six accounts at the same time and costs $14.99 per month or $149 per year. The Echo plan, which can only be used on Amazon Echo intelligent devices, coasts $3.99 per month. The paid plans allow the download of music to listen offline and doesn’t exhibit ads. Amazon also offers a free trial.
Apple Music is another app to listen to Spotify and Deezer’s competing music. The app is available on iTunes, iPhones, and other Apple brand devices, but can also be accessed on Android and Windows. Apple Music has three plans with different prices: the University, Individual, and Family. The Student plan costs $4.99 per month, the Individual $9.99, and the Family $14.99. Apple also offers a free trial for the available subscription options.
The paid plans have a series of benefits and let you listen to the tracks available on the platform even when there is no Internet connection, being able to download up to 100 thousand titles to the device library. For subscribers to the service, Apple Music does not display advertisements and also suggests exclusive content. The Student and Individual plans give access to only one account, while the Family allows up to six accounts to access the app simultaneously.
The music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z is available on Android, iPhone, and iPad (iOS), PC, Mac platforms and can also be accessed via the web in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave. Tidal offers six subscription plans: Premium, HiFi, Family Premium, Family HiFi, Premium Student, and HiFi Student.
All modes do not display ads. The Premium plan gives access to music with standard audio quality and HD video definition, in addition to specialized editorial, for $9.99 per month for an individual account in the music app. The HiFi plan, priced at $19.99 per month, is also individual but offers high-quality audio “without losses” for the most demanding, and editorial with specialized curatorship.
Family Premium and Family HiFi plans give access to up to six simultaneous accounts, and the difference between the plans is the audio quality offered. Family Premium costs $14.99 per month, while HiFi is $29.99. Besides them, Tidal also has an exclusive plan for students, with reduced tuition prices. The Student Premium has a price of $4.99 per month, and the Student HiFi, $9.99.
Another competitor of music applications is Resso. To access, you must register an account in the app, which can be created with data from Facebook or Google. The app is available for Android and iPhone mobiles and the platform promises to be interactive: besides the traditional likes in the songs you liked, you can also add comments to the tracks.
Resso also allows you to listen to music offline and has a premium subscription for $4.99 per month. Among other exclusive features of the premium version, the subscription allows you to skip as many tracks as you want and also does not display ads for subscribers. Besides, the app offers 14 days of free trial for new users.
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