Music is one of those things that has lasted trough the ages, and technology continues to adapt to make listening to music better than ever. From the record player, to the iPod, and now we no longer have to rely on physical music anymore since we can get it all from online streaming services. Spotify might be one of the most well known music services, but it certainly isn’t the only one out there for you to use. Here are five other music services for you to try out.
Out of all the music services that function as alternatives to Spotify, Rdio is probably one of the most similar. It functions in almost the same way, but has more of a social aspect that attempts to increase your musical pallet. Users are able to create their own custom playlists or ‘stations’ from a catalogue of over 30 million tracks. But it’s not just about your station, it’s more about following other people’s. They could be friends, relatives, or even celebrities. If that’s not your thing, you can follow stations specifically based on music genres or artists
This one is part of Amazon’s Cloud Drive service and works rather simply: you upload your music collection into the cloud and you have access to it wherever you are on all of your devices. This part of the services is completely free and has no adverts to speak of, so you have a nice clean experience to listen to your own stuff. But that’s not all, if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can then access Amazon’s own catalogue of songs at no extra cost. That’s 28 million songs that you have access to on all of your devices without any serious effort on your behalf.
YouTube helped to revolutionise the way we view and share videos, and Soundcloud is working on doing the very same thing for music and audio files. Anyone can upload to Soundcloud and share their work, whether they’re a famous musician or a kid remixing classic in his bedroom. For those of you who are not really the music creation types then you can browse through the content on Soundcloud and listen for yourself. Whether you want to stream it, or if the original artist allowed it you can download it to listen to later.
Having your own music is fantastic, but sometimes you want to be able to listen to the charismatic tones of a DJ and the other little quirks radio can offer to you. Now say you enjoy listening to multiple radio stations, you might enjoy Chris Evans on Radio 2 in the morning but later on you might want to swap over to listen to something like TalkSport for a few hours. Normally if you do that you’d need to access multiple apps and websites, but TuneIn takes out the middle man. TuneIn has over 100,000 stations at its command, covering the likes of rock, hip hop, sports, and news. Perfect for radio junkies everywhere.
The thing about the transition away from using physical media to play our music is that digital music often comes with a dip in audio quality. For some people the convenience makes that a worthy sacrifice, but if you’re not one of them then you should give Qobuz a try. It’s not free, and requires a subscription to use, but you are given access to unlimited CD-quality music in the form of 16bit/44Hz FLAC files as well as access to Qobuz’s online music magazine. The Qobuz catalogue covers any music genre you could want, with songs from a number of mainstream and indie labels so you’re not going to miss out on anything.
By Tom Pritchard | November 13th, 2014