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Music Streamers Apple/Spotify/Deezer etc.

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I was looking for an expanded or new membership of Music Streamers such as Apple/Spotify/Deezer etc.the and came across this interesting article.

Pricing & subscription

Spotify's primary draw is its free tier. You can listen to unlimited music, but it's supported by ads. The £9.99 per month premium tier removes these, but it also gets rid of a few other restrictions.

For example, mobile users can listen to the artists, albums or playlists for free, but only in shuffle mode - they can't directly select tracks, and they have a maximum number of skips per hour.

It's a good deal for all parties. The free tier is more than functional enough, especially for casual users, but the benefits of premium (like higher-quality audio) are enough that many will consider switching of their own volition.

Apple Music also has a free tier but compared to Spotify's, it's downright truncated. Free users aren't able to play, save or like content from Connect, have limited skipping privileges on the Apple radio stations and, crucially, have no access to the Apple Music instant streaming library.

It does have an ace up its sleeve in the form of the family subscriptions, however. Single subscriptions cost £9.99 a month - the same amount as Spotify - but Apple also offers a family membership for £14.99 a month.

Provided via the pre-existing iCloud family sharing, this allows up to six people to use the same Apple Music account, with separate playlists, recommendations and libraries. It's an absolute steal for families, especially if they're existing Apple customers.

Spotify also has a family plan, but it's much more expensive. It costs just under £20 per month for three members, £25 for four people, and a whopping £30 for a family of five.

Deezer goes one up from Spotify, with three subscription tiers. It's got an ad-supported free tier, which is limited to a low-quality bitrate of 128kbps. Cough up £9.99 per month, and you can ditch the ads and bump up the quality to 320kbps.

The £14.99 Elite membership, however, offers hi-def audio streaming at an ear-massaging 1,411kbps, which is one of the highest-quality streaming rates around.

Amazon Prime Music isn't available as a standalone subscription at all -- it's only open to Amazon Prime customers. Let's be realistic, though; no one's going to want Prime Music as a standalone service.

If you're paying for Amazon Prime anyway, though, it's a bit of a steal. The £79 annual subscription works out to under £7 per month, and if you're using all the benefits - including Prime Music, Prime Instant Video, the one-day delivery and free unlimited photo storage - the value is obvious.

Read on for a comparison of Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer's availability and compatible devices

Devices & availability

One of the principal benefits of streaming all your music from the cloud is being able to take it with you while you're on the go. Unsurprisingly, Spotify is available on basically every platform - including the ancient and venerable BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

Deezer has similar availability, although device support across its Elite tier has reportedly been a little patchy. Both services also have good support across secondary platforms like Smart TVs and in-car entertainment systems.

You might expect Apple Music to be exclusive to iOS and OSX devices. However, in a minor masterstroke, it's available not just to Apple users, but also on PC and Android devices too. That's it, though - no love for other operating systems here.

It's the same story with Amazon Prime Music. In spite of the company's partnership with BlackBerry to deliver extra apps for the OS, it's not listed as one of the officially supported platforms. Android and iOS are fine, though, as is the company's line of Fire devices.

Read on for our verdict on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer

(TL:DR 9_9)

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OK, so that says Deezer does CD level streaming, and cheaper than Tidal too. Is this true?

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21 minutes ago, bigfool1956 said:

OK, so that says Deezer does CD level streaming, and cheaper than Tidal too. Is this true?

CD Quality FLAC But £19.99 per month :(.

Edited by jkbmusic
16-bit 1,411 kbps CD quality, lossless audio

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If you have any family members that use Spotify premium?

Just ask them to add you to there account.

Its free then.

Same goes for Amazon prime  and Netflix.

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11 minutes ago, Bignose5 said:

If you have any family members that use Spotify premium?

Just ask them to add you to there account.

Its free then.

Same goes for Amazon prime  and Netflix.

This won’t work properly. A Spotify premium acc can only be logged onto one device at a time, it will log the other out with a “your Spotify account is being used on another device” audio message. Plus you’d have to share playlists etc. 

You can set up a ‘family’ premium account which ups the price from £9.99p/m to £14.99pm (what I have), and you can have 5 separate logins/playlists/individuals who can use. 

*but according to Spotify rules you must all live at same address. So when setting up logins you’d all have to (ahem!) live at same location like me/my family do 😀

Edited by Amormusic

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Myself  and her brother are both on my daughters Spotify prem account and it works fine.

We live nowhere near each other .We just say we do.

I only us it to see if a album is worth buying.

The SQ isn't something I could listen to on block.

Edited by Bignose5

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