Spotify is to music streaming what WhatsApp is to instant messaging: it seems to have become the predominant default platform. And it is that, in October of last year, the Swedish platform already accumulated 220 million users. Now, what alternatives are there that are worth it? Here we tell you the five best ..
Alternatives to Spotify: these are the five best
Amazon ‘s music streaming service offers, like Spotify, two versions: one paid and one free for iOS and Android devices. However, the premium branches off in two directions. We have one included in the Prime service with a catalog of about 2 million songs and another, Amazon Music Unlimited, with an extensive selection of 75 million , compared to the more than 50 million that Spotify boasts. These data are offered by the platforms themselves. The price of Amazon Prime is 36 euros per year and that of Music Unlimited is 9.99 euros. The latter offers a family option of six accounts for 14.99 euros per month.
Apple also has its own music platform, with a catalog of, mind you, more than 90 million songs and 30,000 playlists . It has spatial audio with dynamic head tracking and exclusive technology called Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) to offer better sound quality. It has different plans: the Voice rate (it can only be used through Siri and is priced at 4.99 euros), the individual plan (9.99 euros) and the family plan, with up to six accounts (14.99 euros)..
The music platform of choice for audiophiles. It has, in addition to the usual plan with standard sound quality (1411 kilobits per second) for 9.99 euros, a rate called HiFi Plus for 19.99 euros with lossless high-fidelity sound quality (1411 Kbps), Master Quality Audio (up to 9216 Kbps) and surround audio (360 Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos Music). The family option of this platform includes this last mode of sound quality and is priced at 29.99 euros per month (up to six different accounts). Its catalog has more than 80 million songs.
The strong point of YouTube Music is that it also includes YouTube Premium: videos without ads, offline download and playback with screen off. Of course, the subscription fee for both services is 11.99 euros per month. If we only want the music service, which includes some 50 million songs , it will cost 9.99 euros. The YouTube Premium family plan, which includes YouTube Music, is 17.99 euros and includes access to six accounts..
As with Spotify and Amazon Prime Music, this platform offers a free option, although with lower sound quality, ads, and you won’t be able to download the songs to listen to them without internet. It has a catalog of 53 million songs and different plans: Deezer Premium for 9.99 euros, Deezer HiFi for 14.99 euros and Deezer Family for 14.99 euros.
We have to bear in mind that all of them, without exception, offer a free trial month (as long as you haven’t used it before), so it’s best to try the one that best suits your needs, and that’s it.
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