You’re about to head out on a long drive to your relative’s house. Before you back out of your driveway, it’s time to put on some music. There is no way you’re going to be able to make the four-hour drive without it.
You can’t play the music until you download one of the many music streaming platforms to use on your phone though. Does it even matter which one you use as long as you find one to play your favorite tunes?
To help you figure out which music platform will be keeping you company during your drive, check out this helpful guide.
One of the biggest draws to Spotify is its large library. If you can think of it, you can most likely find it. The program is easy to use.
All you have to do is set up an account through Facebook and start making your own playlists. If you have a premium account you can download the playlist you make and play it offline. That’s great for if you’re going on a long trip and don’t want to use up your data.
Spotify is available across all platforms from Windows to iPhone. You’ll have to deal with adds on a Spotify free account but other than that the free plan isn’t too bad. You can still shuffle through music from your favorite artists.
Spotify is a social listening app. If you hear a song that you fall in love with you can share it with your family and friends. One of the biggest problems with Spotify is the audio quality isn’t as great as it’s competitors.
If you enjoy reading lyrics while you listen to your music you’ll be disappointed to know that Spotify got rid of their lyrics feature. Spotify is available in a lot of countries but it’s not available in every single one.
If you have Spotify premium you can download your favorite playlist and listen to it offline. Once you don’t have premium anymore you lose access to the playlists that you downloaded. You’re also only allowed 6 skips per hour when you don’t have premium.
Quobuz Sublime+ isn’t too well known but it is a great streaming service. The audio quality sounds like you’re right there in the recording studio with the artist. There are around 40 million different tracks available.
That’s not as impressive as some of its competitors but it still isn’t bad. If you’re a subscriber then you get access to some exclusive editorial reads that you won’t find anywhere else.
Like with Spotify, Qobuz can be downloaded across multiple platforms and it has an offline listening mode as well. The biggest problem with Qobuz is finding it.
It’s based in France and has just made its way to the US. Some listeners also find the Sublime+ service to be a bit expensive.
Youtube premium is a good option if you enjoy music videos. Thing is, you can’t really watch those while you’re driving. It’s good for when you’re on the passenger side of things though.
If you’re a student you can get a subscription to Youtube premium for half price and you won’t have to deal with ads. You can also download music for offline listening if you have premium as well.
The user interface is certainly dark but it’s easy to navigate and search for your favorite music. While Youtube premium does have an okay catalog, it’s not as good as its competitors as of yet. The audio also needs a little work.
If you have an Apple product then Apple music may be a good option for you. Apple does have a student deal like Youtube Premium and Spotify and you can opt into a family plan. Apple Music has pretty good sound quality.
It also compatible and works well with both Siri and Apple Watch. The biggest downside to Apple Music is that there is no free version.
It’s around 10 dollars a month and doesn’t have many features that make it stand apart from its competitors.
Like with Apple music there is no free version of Tidal. You’ll pay around ten dollars a month for the basic quality audio sound. For about twenty dollars a month you get higher quality music, exclusive media, and early music release dates.
You also get first dibs on tickets for concerts and Tidal has better audio quality than its competitors. It’s also the streaming service you should go with if you’re concerned with supporting artists as well. Tidal is artist-centric so the artists set the prices.