Remember the time when we sat in front of our radio devices and waited for the specific song to be played so we could record them on tapes? Do you miss it? I didn’t think so. And why would you when you can simply take your smartphone or computer and play any song you want? If you are the Youtube fan, you can make your own list of songs, or just let it automatically play whatever is on. But when you want to find some new music, it is a lot easier to play some music stream that is playing hits and find out all the new ones that are released. And what is the best music stream?
This question can’t be answered specifically since all stream has different policy and different genres. You can find every music stream online, from the evergreen, love stream, house, R’n’B, folk, pop, classic, electro, drum and basset etcetera. Today, we are concentrating on the top five music streams: Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and iHeartRadio.
iHeartRadio was launched by iHeartMedia, Inc, and by August 2016 it had over 90 million registered users. They have about 860 radio stations all over the US and can be also listened online. However, Edison Research estimated that nearly 67% of the US population heard about iHeartRadio, but only 12% listened to it. But this still doesn’t mean that other reviews show the same results and that this radio station didn’t quickly become one of the top apps.
On the other hand, we have Apple Music and Google Play Music that only the liars can tell that never heard about them. Although they may not be used by their competition’s users, and by that we mean that only iPhone users can get the access to Apple Music, and only Android users can listen to the Google Play Music, but, besides that, the main difference is the paying method.
There we have Spotify that increased their number of users in only six months, from March 2016 to September 2016. This almost doubled Spotify’s revenue, and, let’s be honest, if their stream wasn’t that good, they could forget this money. To be more precise, if their stream wasn’t their good, their revenue wouldn’t jump from $2,2 billion in 2015 to $8 billion by the end of 2016.
And the last, but not least, Amazon Prime Music. As all the sales made on Amazon weren’t enough, Amazon.com, Inc found another way to make money. But, like Google Play Music and Apple Music did, the only users that could approach to Amazon Prime Music were Amazon Prime users. Another disadvantage was that Amazon Prime Music had the limited 20 million songs database. This is why Amazon.com, Inc had the another idea and that is to launch a bit more expensive, but easier access platform Amazon Music Unlimited, which was available for both Amazon Prime and non-Prime users.
Honestly, I can’t find the right answer to the question above. But what’s your opinion when it comes to Apple Music vs Pandora vs Spotify vs iHeartRadio & more: the best music streaming service right now? And there is also a link if you want to consult Insider Monkey on this topic.