Music streaming services give you access to millions of songs for a monthly subscription fee so you don’t have to buy individual songs or albums anymore.

There’s almost no point in downloading pirated versions of music. These days, you can simply sign up to a music streaming service and have access to all the music you’ll ever need on a device that sits in your pocket.

Still figuring out which streaming service is for you? We’ve done the research so that you don’t have to. Here are the best music streaming services worth considering.

Spotify – Best Music Streaming Service

Spotify is arguably the most popular music streaming service. The ability to build your own playlists, plus Spotify’s “Made For You” algorithm that builds various daily and weekly playlists based on your listening habits makes it the best for all-round use.

Spotify currently boasts 50 million songs along with a healthy amount of podcasts for $9.99 per month. They also have Spotify Premium Duo and Family Plans available.

Free trial available? Free, but you’ll receive ads and no downloads.
How much does it cost? Spotify Premium costs $9.99/R59.99


Amazon Music Unlimited – Best For Amazon Prime Members

Amazon Music Unlimited is the first streaming service on the list that boasts 60 million songs, ad-free, that can also be downloaded to play music offline.

If you have an Echo smart speaker, you can signup for ad-supported version of Amazon Music, otherwise there isn’t a free subscription besides the current 3-month free trial.

Free trial available? 3-month free trial
How much does it cost? Amazon Music Unlimited is $9.99 ($7.99 for Prime members)


YouTube Music – Best For Google Users

While Google Play Music failed to make a large impact, YouTube Music is slowly gaining traction. Just like Spotify, there are curated playlists, but with the benefit of watching music videos.

You can get YouTube Music for free, but only if you own a Google Home smart speaker, but you’ll receive ads too.

The premium version features no adverts and allows you to upload or download up to 50,000 songs. The benefit of YouTube Music is also the ability to watch live performances and concerts – it’s not just only audio content.

Free trial available? 30-day free trial
How much does it cost? YouTube Music costs $9.99/R59.99


Apple Music – Best For Apple Users

While many might be reluctant to switch from Spotify, Apple Music is an option for users who might like the Apple iOS eco-system. It can also integrate into your existing iTunes library.

Apple Music has 60 million songs in its archive, which tops Spotify. If you’re based in the United States, Apple Music also boasts a ton of exclusive content and radio stations, making it the #1 streaming service in the USA, something Spotify plans to change.

Free trial available? 3-month free trial
How much does it cost? Apple Music starts at $10 or $15-per-month Family plan (up to 6 people)


Conclusion

Spotify is still the best music streaming service in our eyes, even with rising competition. However, we are currently using the free 3-month Amazon Music Unlimited trial, and our opinion might change!

Ultimately, all of the services above will great. It’s personal preference, and might depend on the devices you have, content you listen to or region you live in.