We all love music (who doesn’t) and nowadays it’s all about streaming. Many people have their favourite streaming choices but have you tried any of the others? Which is your favourite?
Here’s a short list, plus a brief description, of the top players in the sector. Perhaps it’s worth trying out something new?
Launched last year this new streaming service comes from the creators of Skype, so you can trust they kind of know what they’re doing with internet technology. Rdio giving users unlimited (and more importantly ad-free) access to a library of up to 18 million songs. It also has a social element, allowing you to follow others users.
Rdio is free for the first six month but then £4.99 a month for web streaming and £9.99 a month for mobile.
This online streaming site has a huge library and access to countless radio channels. With agreements with over 2,000 labels and featuring more independents than any other streaming site it is a great option for someone after something new and fresh
The big name in the industry. Sports a super user-friendly interface and a large library of tunes. The adverts however can get annoying meaning the premium service is pretty much a must have (if you value your sanity).
Free with adverts or £9.99 a month for unlimited access, including a nifty mobile app,
Napster Unlimited napster.co.uk
The oldest name and most synonymous with music streaming Napster’s latest offering includes a huge music-streaming library, Apple and Android apps and the option to save music to play in offline mode.
Napster is free for 30 days but then £5 a month for unlimited and £10 for mobile access.
This streaming station helps you uncover music based on your tastes and habits. Using ‘The Scrobbler’ option is great fun – lets LastFM track what you’re listening to across other platforms and makes suggestions.
Last FM offers a free ad-supported service and a subscription option. It’s cheaper than Spotify too, For only £3 a month you get ad free access and the use of the mobile app.
Soundcloud belies its origins as a place for unsigned acts to distribute music with its slick interface and easy sharing functions. It’s mostly new stuff but as it doesn’t cost a penny it’s worth getting involved if you like having your fingers on the pulse.