Plenty of music streaming comparisons can be found online such as Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, etc. So before you start to choose the best streaming music service to subscribe to, you can read this detailed article which gives you the highlights and differences between Apple Music vs. Tidal.
- Price: $9.99/month for one user; $14.99 for a family plan of up to six
- Best for: Apple fans, design fans, Taylor Swift fans
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Apple Music offers users a similar experience to Spotify. But the big advantage for many people is that its catalogue has a few things Spotify and Tidal don’t, including Taylor Swift’s 1989. (Spotify only has Ryan Adams’s good-but-not-a-substitute cover album, because the musician pulled her music from the service in 2014.) Apple also has some music videos and a popular radio station, “Beats 1,” run by Zane Lowe, a prominent DJ from New Zealand formerly of the BBC. You can also upload 25,000 songs from your iTunes library to the cloud.
Much of the criticism leveled against Apple Music has been about app design and recommendations—both very subjective points that come down to personal taste. But because it has a smaller base of users, Apple probably has fewer user-generated playlists and potentially not as many friends to follow.
- Price: $9.99/month for one user, additional $4.99 per user up to four. The price drops to $8.49/month if you prepay six months. $19.99/mo for “lossless compression” audio quality.
- Best for: People who love exclusives, music videos, and ultra-high fidelity
The lossless option means better sound, provided you have equipment that can render it. The service has big-name exclusivity going for it: Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo both dropped on Tidal. It also boasts a large selection of HD music videos and playlist recommendations from music writers.
TechRadar found that the search function isn’t very smart (i.e., it doesn’t offer “did you mean” suggestions if you misspell an artist or album name) and reported gaps in the music library. The user base is even smaller than Apple’s, which mean you might only have one “80s Prom” playlist instead of nine to choose from.