Music streaming services?

iOS and iPadOS

Hey all I have a question. I was wondering what are the cheapest music streaming services out there? I was using Apple Music for a while but I am kind of on a tight budget at the moment. I mean don’t get Me wrong I don’t mind me paying if I have too, but I was looking for other alternatives besides Apple Music.



Submitted by Julia on Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hello. I use spotify for nearly two years and I'm happy with the music quality and other amazing things that this streaming service offers. The price is probably the same as apple music. Deezer is also good but more expensive than spotify and apple music. The good thing about deezer is that it offers audio streaming in lossless format.

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Sunday, August 19, 2018

In my opinion, I don't think you need to pay for a music streaming service. But, I also know that certain perks such as commercial-free music is very appealing!! I use Pandora, iHeart Radio, TuneIn,, Addicted To Radio, Live365, AccuRadio, Spotify and RadioTunes. I also paid $5 for ooTunes. That's the only app I paid for, and it's not a subscription. I love it! I'm not sure what each of the premium plans cost. I know that Pandora or iHeart Radio have different plans, but I'm unsure what they cost. I use the free versions of all of these and I find them sufficient. They are pretty accessible, and ooTunes, is fully 100% accessible with Vo.

Submitted by PinkCupcake5 on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

In reply to by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯

The free versions of Pandora or Spotify are good if you're ok with shuffling music instead of being able to pick a specific song.
Otherwise, all the streaming services that allow "on demand" music cost about the same.

Submitted by mendi on Thursday, August 23, 2018

As others above have stated, most of your music streaming services cost the same. Apple Music and spotify are both $9.99 a month. Beware though, if you subscribe to spotify via iTunes, there could be an extra fee, unless they've changed that. I tried Pandora premium some months ago, and it, in my experience, was not very accessible. Pandora's plus and free models are accessible though. Amazon music unlimited is also an option, and if you're a prime member it is $7.99 a month. Otherwise, it cost the same as all the rest. I know google also has a streaming service but don't know much about it or its accessibility and/or cost.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, August 23, 2018

I actually recommend the Google streaming service. The sight is accessible with keyboard hotkeys built into the web browser and the iPhone app very accessible. It costs the same as Spotify or Apple Music, but its price also includes Youtube Red. Youtube Red will let you download the Youtube music app and browse through the whole Youtube library of music. You can also download any song or album. It also removes all commercials from Youtube videos when you stream them. It is more of a bear bones service than either Apple Music or Spotify, not offering as many social aspects, but that is another reason why I like it.

Submitted by Tree on Thursday, August 23, 2018

I really enjoy Google music. It has several points going for it: cross platform, one million more songs then either apple music or spotify, etc. However, the main reason I use Google music is that for free you can upload up to 50000 songs to the cloud and listen to them with the service, with no restrictions or adds, on any device. It's super easy to upload thousands of songs at a time. I use the service every day to listen to pretty much what ever I want to, and I have never paid a cent for the service. Whenever I want to listen to a song that I don't have in my library I just download it, from other sources that are also free, and add it to Google music, where I can then have it at my beck and call forever. Also, I have several Google Home minies around the house, plus audio chrome casts, so I can just ask for songs and poof, and you can get a Google Mini for less then 50 bucks. I don't use the radio/pandora style part of Google music as much, pre made playlist centered on an artist or song, but in my experience those AI created aspects of Google music are also very good, at least as good as Pandora or spotify, perhaps better. When my wife and I are cooking all I have to do is say, hey Google, play Do wap, or jazz, and we are set.

I personally use Youtube premium which gives you the Google play music as part of that. I used to use Apple music but because I like listening to Youtube videos with the smart cover closed I went with Premium. If you watch a lot of Youtube anyway and prefer it without ads, go with Premium because you get the best of both worlds.