Ranking of music streaming apps

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music streaming appsOpinions Minimal monthly pricing Number of subscribers Number of tracks Music quality (with subscription) Family pricing Family subscription price Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription Student pricing Student subscription price
1
Amazon Music
1
Amazon Music
1
10 €
N/A
IIIII
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...)14.99 €60 €
2
SoundCloud
2
SoundCloud
1
0
N/A
N/A
0 00
3
Deezer
3
Deezer
2
9.99 €
IIIII
IIIII
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)15 €60 €
4
Spotify
4
Spotify
1
9.95 €
IIIII
IIIII
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)14.99 €64.99 €
5
Qobuz
5
Qobuz
N/A
9.99 €
N/A
IIIII
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps), 0 €00 €
6
Napster
6
Napster
N/A
9.95 €
N/A
IIIII
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...)0 €00 €
7
Google Play Music
7
Google Play Music
N/A
10 €
N/A
IIIII
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)15 €60 €
8
TIDAL
8
TIDAL
N/A
9.99 $
IIIII
IIIII
Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps), 14.99 $54.99 $
9
Apple Music
9
Apple Music
N/A
9.99 €
IIIII
IIIII
Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)14.99 €64.99 €
10
Hungama
10
Hungama
N/A
3.84 $
IIIII
IIIII
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...)0 $00 $
12


Amazon Music offers you more than 50 million titles including the latest novelties, all at the price of 9.99 EUR / month or 99 EUR / year or the family rate up to 6 members to 14.99 EUR / month or 149 EUR / year. Professionals music create for you hundreds of playlists and radio stations. And fin...
Minimal monthly pricing
10 €
Number of subscribers
N/A
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
14.99 €
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
6
Student pricing
Student subscription price
0 €
SoundCloud is a free streaming site to listen some music from all over the world. You will find all kind of music from a large library, and listen whatever you want 24hour per day, 7days per week ! Artists, singers, musicians, can share their music and be known easier !Free musical streaming, SoundC...
  • Free
  • Large choice
  • Open to new artist
Minimal monthly pricing
0
Number of subscribers
N/A
Number of tracks
N/A
Music quality (with subscription)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
0
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
0
Student pricing
Student subscription price
0
Present in over 180 countries around the world, Deezer is a music streaming website offering more than 43 million of titles, you can enjoy without any interruption or advertising, thanks to monthly subscription from 9,99 EUR (for an individual user) to 14,99 EUR (up to 6 profiles).
Minimal monthly pricing
9.99 €
Number of subscribers
IIIII
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
15 €
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
6
Student pricing
Student subscription price
0 €
In the global ranking of music streaming: Spotify is King! With more than 30 million of titles and 60 million of subscribers, Spotify is the most popular music streaming website throughout the world. The music can be played on several mediums: from your smartphone to your car, include your TV, you...
Minimal monthly pricing
9.95 €
Number of subscribers
IIIII
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
14.99 €
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
6
Student pricing
Student subscription price
4.99 €
5
logo Qobuz
Not rated
5
Qobuz
Qobuz: a music streaming website created by music lovers, for music lovers! Pioneer website offering CD quality and Hi-Res Quality titles, Qobuz refers more than 40 million of titles you will enjoy listening in recording studio quality. You can make a choice between 4 types of subscription, from 9...
Minimal monthly pricing
9.99 €
Number of subscribers
N/A
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps),
Family pricing
Family subscription price
0 €
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
0
Student pricing
Student subscription price
0 €
6
logo Napster
Not rated
6
Napster
Napster is one of the oldest music streaming websites. More than 40 million of tracks (in MP3 format) can be played by the subscribers, for only 9,95 EUR/month, from a smartphone, a tablet, a computer etc.
Minimal monthly pricing
9.95 €
Number of subscribers
N/A
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
0 €
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
0
Student pricing
Student subscription price
0 €
7
logo Google Play Music
Not rated
7
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is a music streaming website created by Google. A library of over 40 millions tracks is available to any subscribers, without any advertising, for 9,99 EUR/month (for an individual) or 14,99 EUR/month (for a family, up to 6 members)
Minimal monthly pricing
10 €
Number of subscribers
N/A
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...), Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
15 €
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
6
Student pricing
Student subscription price
0 €
8
logo TIDAL
Not rated
8
TIDAL
Tidal is a musical streaming platform presents in 46 countries throughout the world and owned mostly by artists. It offers over 46 million of tracks, in CD quality and high quality (lossless), without any advertising. 3 subscriptions are available (individual, family and student), with, for each o...
Minimal monthly pricing
9.99 $
Number of subscribers
IIIII
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps),
Family pricing
Family subscription price
14.99 $
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
5
Student pricing
Student subscription price
4.99 $
9
logo Apple Music
Not rated
9
Apple Music
Apple Music is the music streaming website created by Apple. It lists no less than 40 million of tracks, and the number of subscribers has almost doubled in a year, reaching 27 millions last June 2017. 3 subscriptions are available (individual, family and student) so you can play all your favorite...
Minimal monthly pricing
9.99 €
Number of subscribers
IIIII
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
Hi-Res (lossless [un]compressed format - Bitrate up to 9216 kbps)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
14.99 €
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
6
Student pricing
Student subscription price
4.99 €
10
logo Hungama
Not rated
10
Hungama
Hungama is one of the most cluttered music streaming apps available right now, but it has some interesting features that can help make up for this. When you play any song, Hungama automatically downloads it for offline use as well. It also has a nice tool for discovering music - you select your mood...
  • Automatic downloading
  • Good song recommendations
  • Hard to use UI
  • Inferior library
Minimal monthly pricing
3.84 $
Number of subscribers
IIIII
Number of tracks
IIIII
Music quality (with subscription)
CD (lossless compressed format - Bitrate up to 1411 kbps - FLAC, AAC, WMA lossless...)
Family pricing
Family subscription price
0 $
Maximal number of members allowed to use the same subscription
0
Student pricing
Student subscription price
0 $
12
Know more about music streaming apps

While Spotify remains the leader in music streaming with over 60 million subscribers, lots of competitors are still trying to compete (like Deezer, Apple Music, Napster etc)

Even if the subscriptions are pretty similar from a website to another (from 9,99 € for an individual subscription), some of them are trying to compete offering Family subscription (at 14,99 € for 5 or 6 members) or Student subscription (at 4,99 €).

The price of the subscription is not an evidence due to the tariff alignment, so the user will focus on other criterions, such as sound quality and/or artists' remuneration.

High Resolution Audio VS Signal original

Sound quality

Those for whom the artits' remuneration is one of the most important criterions, will naturally go to websites like Qobuz or Tidal, whose subscriptions, more expensive, reflect a better remuneration of the music professionals. In return, the sound quality is optimal, lossless, reflecting studio recording (which is not the case of most of the websites that usually offer MP3 format).

To help you understand, here is a quick summary of different music formats used in the music streaming world:

MP3 format: It is a zipped format with lots of losses. The sound quality is degraded compared to the original files, but it doesn't require a lot of storage space. 

AAC format: It is a zipped format with losses, but it offer a better sound quality than MP3 format.

OGG Vorbis format: It is a zipped format with losses, often used by Spotify.

WMA format: It is a zipped format with losses, created by Microsoft, wich is protected against illegal copying. It is often used by Napster.

FLAC format: It is a lossless zipped format. The sound quality is very similar to a CD quality, while it requires twice less storage space.

Hi-Res format: “It is THE lossless audio capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better-than-CD-quality music sources” (definition as per Digital Entertainment Group). To date, only Qobuz and Tidal offer such high quality to their users. Here is an article published in What Hi Fi  that will tell you everything you need to know about this High-Resolution format.

CD vs Hi-Res vs MP3

 

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