In the age of music streaming, Spotify is one of the most popular services in the world and where the majority of users around the world get their music. Despite its popularity, Spotify has its own set of problems, most notably its low payment rates for artists and the rising number of popular artists pulling their music from the platform due to political or social concerns. For those interested in music streaming but ready for a break from Spotify, here are a few alternatives.
- Apple Music
Apple Music is one of the most popular music streaming platforms in the world alongside Spotify. This is a great option for those who use Apple devices, particularly Airpods, as the sound quality is higher. Plans range from $4.99/month to $9.99/month, and unlimited streaming access at the highest tier gets users access to over 90 million songs and podcasts. The cheaper packages might require listeners to endure short ads from companies like Lean Kitchen Company, but many users find that the ads are worth the money.
Bandcamp is the best option for users wanting to stream music while supporting their favorite independent artists. Bandcamp considers itself to be an “online record store and music community” as opposed to a streaming service, and allows independent musicians and podcasters to be paid directly by their fans. There is no fee for using Bandcamp – the mobile app and website are both free to users with and without memberships, however the site’s business model does require users to purchase albums or songs from their favorite artists who then earn roughly 80-85% of all sales (except on Bandcamp Fridays, when artists earn 100% of profits earned from streams and purchases on Fridays).
Deezer is one of the lesser known music streaming services but has similar features to some of its competitors. With access to over 70 million songs, podcasts, and radio options, Deezer offers several payment options for users that end up being cheaper than many of its competitors. A free plan lets users listen to music with short ads, while premium packages are available at $15/mo and allow users unlimited access to everything streaming on the site including the ability to choose any song, create unique playlists, and listen ad free. Users can save money by subscribing to an annual package for around $80/year, which must be paid all at once.