If you’re a fan of a music streaming service that personalises your listening, then you probably stream from Pandora. The music service customises your playlists and allows you to evolve your music library based off your previous selections. Pretty neat hey. Well, on this note I have some bad news for you.
As we entered August we saw the loss of Pandora in Australia and New Zealand, officially shutting down its service on the 31 July to focus on the American market. That means that Pandora music listeners in those countries will no longer be able to access the app. It’s over.
So, what now?
It’s time to make the switch. Lucky for us, there are still some top-notch music streaming services available for our listening pleasure.
With over 140 million monthly active users and over 30 million songs in its catalogue as of June this year, Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming service. You can use Spotify for free or subscribe to Spotify Premium for $11.99 per month which is ad-free and allows you to listen offline, among other benefits. There are also student and family offers available.
#2 Apple Music
Own a lot of Apple products? It’s worth checking out Apple Music, the tech giants own music streaming service. Same as Spotify, the price is $11.99 per month with student and family offers also available. Apple Music touts an impressive 40 million songs in their catalogue and also integrates with your iTunes library, making it a tempting choice for Apple users.
#3 Google Play Music
At a cost of $11.99 per month with a family option also available (once again), Google Play Music is the music streaming service offered by Google. It’s ad-free and its catalogue boasts around 40 million songs with the service also allowing you to upload 50 000 of your own tracks so you can listen to them anywhere you like. A subscription to Google Play Music also gives you access to YouTube Red, YouTube’s membership service that offers users an ad-free YouTube experience with the ability to save videos for offline viewing.
iHeartRadio is a free music streaming service that allows users to listen to live radio stations across the country. Users can browse radio stations by genre or location and with over 20 million songs in the iHeartRadio catalogue users also have the option to create their own playlists. iHeartRadio is available on the web, android and iOS.
Owned by Jay Z, Tidal is a music streaming service that offers lossless high fidelity audio streaming (CD quality sound) for $23.99 per month. For those of you who don’t care for CD quality sound (or can’t tell the difference), $11.99 per month gives you access to standard quality audio streaming. With 25 million songs in its catalogue, Tidal is perfect for audiophiles who want to have access to a decent library of music without compromising sound quality.
What are you waiting for? Do your ears a favour and start listening!
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