Music to my ears

Post date: 
Monday, 24 July 2017
Music streaming

As we’re now at the height of festival season, we’re giving this Summer's Tech Spot edition a musical flavour. Find out what TechTalk host, Shaun Preece, thinks are the best streaming apps for you.

If you want to choose from millions of songs and play them whenever you want, music streaming services could be for you. 

Also known as ‘music on demand’, streaming services allow you to listen to any song in your providers’ library via an internet connection.
Each service listed below comes with similar basic features, along with their own pros and cons. Services are subscription based, with either free or pay monthly options for access to their music library.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular streaming services on the market.


  • Long running and popular, with over 120 million users worldwide and 30 million high-quality audio songs and podcasts in its library
  • Excellent music recommendations to discover new music
  • The free version includes adverts, similar to radio and full functionality only available on desktop (limited on mobile or tablets)
  • Premium plan (with no ads, works across all your devices including mobile) costs £9.99 a month; or £14.99 for a family plan for up to six users
  • Paid plans include offline listening, and a one-month free trial is available
Visit or search on your app store.

Apple Music

  • One of the fastest growing services, featuring album exclusives and carefully curated playlists by DJs
  • Highly integrated into iOS
  • £9.99 per month, or £14.99 for a family plan of up to six people

Visit or search on your app store.


Google Music

  • With comparable features to other services, Google Music also allows you to upload up to 50,000 of your own tracks, giving you access to your own music library as well Google Music’s 30 million songs
  • £9.99 per month, or £14.99 for a family plan of up to four people, with a 30-day free trial
  • Great for obscure music tastes
Visit or search on your app store.

Amazon Music and Amazon Music Unlimited

  • Amazon Music has a comparatively small library of two million songs but Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access to over 40 million songs and offline listening
  • Amazon Music Unlimited costs £9.99 a month or £14.99 for the family plan, with a 30-day free trial. Amazon Prime members get Amazon Music for free or Amazon Music Unlimited for a discounted price of £7.99.
  • For Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot customers, it’s available for £3.99 a month – but you can only use the service on one of those devices.
Visit or search on your app store.
This article originally appeared in Connect magazine - Summer 2017 edition.

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