Streaming music is the thing these days. As our data allowances have expanded, and our laptops have grown enough RAM to let us play in the background, the need for physical disks has diminished. Now, nobody’s saying that owning Vinyl isn’t great, but access to the sheer volume of songs on the internet has become essential.
It can be hard to decide which of the many great streaming apps are right for you, though, and so we at Techscheme have put together a list of some of the best ones. We’ve also, highlighted a couple of excellent Android and iOS devices to play them all, each available with great savings.
Apple music is relatively new to the music streaming market, but one thing’s for sure; when they throw their weight behind something, it gets done right. From the off, the layout is slick, clean and bright with plenty of pictures. It’s easy to navigate from your computer or a portable device and the interface puts a big emphasis on music discovery.
When you first get into it, you’ll pick out some of your favourite bands, genres or tracks and then Apple Music takes it from there. You can stick to your own top picks, but the App can curate some incredible playlists based on your tastes, which it’ll display in the For You section. Of course, its big selling point is the 24/7 Beats Radio station with a roster of well-known disk jockeys, to get you going no matter the time of day.
Apple Music is a great service for those looking to discover new music, or students looking to take advantage of a sweet discount. Get it for iOS devices straight from the source, or go here for Android.
Google Play Music
It feels like Google Play Music is often forgotten about when people talk about streaming services, which is odd. For a start, it probably has the largest music library of the lot. Sure, all of these apps boast more the 30 million tracks but Google seems happy to state around 35 million as a figure. You’ll never be struggling for something to listen to is what we’re saying.
The premium package is reasonably priced and comes with excellent features like curated radio stations and the ability to add up to 50,000 locally stored tracks that you can stream to your device or download for later listening. When you add in the built-in connection to Google+ for sharing among your peers, Google Play Music feels like a very personal streaming service.
Tidal is big for exclusive content. The Jay-Z owned streaming service famously debuted Beyoncé’s latest album “Lemonade” and it’s probably safe to say that fans of her work will be best placed here to get first access to any of her future works. That’s not all, though, Tidal has featured exclusives from artists as diverse as Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk, Prince and The White Stripes to name a few. Apple Music is also competing hard for exclusive tracks, but there’s a way to go to catch up.
The interface probably isn’t as slick as others here, but it’s easy to navigate and we never found ourselves getting lost. There are sections for suggestions based on your preferences, your own favourited music, up and coming artists and one for music videos.
You have to pay for Tidal, but it’s not as much as some of the top tier packages with other services, and with it comes excellent sound quality and some fantastic exclusive tracks. Find it for Android and iOS.
Spotify’s user interface is fantastic. While personal preferences may vary, it’s hard to argue that it’s one of the easiest streaming services to navigate around and search for tracks. It’s easy to flip in between the app’s different pages and functions, while, amazingly, it’s one of the very few streaming apps that will correct mistakes in your searches to make sure you get to the tracks you want as quickly as possible.
It’s also a great device for connectivity to external speakers and devices, with many products specifically tailoring themselves to the device, add that to its huge user base, it might well be the best streaming service for parties. The “Discover Weekly” feature is also a nice touch, at the start of the week it’ll put together a playlist for you based on your existing preferences, so you’ve always got some fresh tunes ready for you on a Monday morning walk to work.
|iPad Pro 9.7” 256GB||£849.00||£101.88||£747.12|
|iPhone 7 256GB||£799.00||£95.88||£703.12|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||£569.00||£68.28||£500.72|
There we have it, some great music streaming apps for iOS and Android. Others are available, of course, these are just a few of our favourites. The one thing we are sure of, though, are the excellent savings we can offer on all tech products, not just the ones listed above. Techscheme provides great employee benefits that allow you to spread the cost on a big-ticket purchase, whilst also saving money from you National Insurance Contributions. If your employer hasn’t signed up yet, send them our way, it’s free and easy for them to sign up and they can take advantage too.