Ever since Spotify launched its music streaming business back in 2006, the company has changed how record labels and artists make money and streaming is now the most popular choice for listening to music. It’s convenient, doesn’t require physical storage and you can listen to as many artists as you want for a fixed price.
While Spotify is still regarded as the pioneer of the music streaming industry, Apple Music and Tidal have also joined the race and today’s customers have plenty of options to choose from. In this article, we’ll be looking at the pros and cons of these three major platforms so you can decide which one is right for you:
Another feature that really makes Spotify stand out is that you can control music playing on one device by opening the app on another device. Overall, Spotify is great if you’ve finally decided it's time to pay for streaming music. The downsides are that the ads on the free version can get annoying and you can’t play individual songs.
While Tidal boasts that it has master tapes to most popular albums, the average person probably can’t tell the difference between music played in the highest quality on Spotify or Apple Music versus on Tidal. Therefore, the decision to go with Tidal depends entirely on whether you consider yourself an audiophile and have access to a decent pair of headphones or speakers.
As you can tell from our reviews of these three popular apps, deciding between them is ultimately a question of what you want from your music experience.
If you don’t have an Apple device, you can still download the app from the Android play store. What’s more, Apple has invested heavily in its radio services, and Beats Radio is a delight to listen to. Unlike Spotify, Apple Music doesn’t let you control the music playing from your iPhone through your iPad and vice-versa. What’s more, the app tends to freeze quite often and you have to close it, which can get a little annoying.