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Comparing Music Streaming Services

As music streaming dominates how we listen to music, clients ask what streaming services do we recommend. Today we discuss Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and Amazon.

Spotify is known for its large library and can select a specific artist, album, or song. Spotify offers collaborative playlists, podcasts, and social sharing features. Spotify offers a free version with ads and individual premium plans start at $10.99 per month.

Apple Music also has an extensive music library and easily integrates with all Apple devices. Apple Music offers lossless audio support at an additional cost. Apple Music is $10.99 for an individual and $16.99 for a Family Plan for up to 6 people. Apple offers various packages that includes Apple Music and Apple TV.

Pandora offers more of a Radio-style listening with personalized stations. You can create a station either by artist or genre. Pandora offers a free version with ads, or you can upgrade to Pandora Plus for $4.99 per month or Pandora Premium for $9.99 per month. Pandora Plus includes unlimited skips and some offline listening. Pandora Premium offers unlimited offline listening and the ability to create and share playlists.

Amazon Music has a good music library, integration with Amazon devices and services along with a wide range of subscription options. Amazon Music offers 2 services, Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited. Prime Music is Free for Amazon Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited is an additional $8.99 per month for Prime members. For non-Prime members the cost for Music Unlimited is $10.99 per month. The biggest difference between Prime and Unlimited is the size of the Music Library. Prime offers 2 million songs, Unlimited offers 100 million songs.

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