Radio stations can be created from playlists and albums that will queue similar music. Discover Weekly Playlist provides amazing personalized playlists. Discover Weekly is a playlist based on your listening behavior and your starred music inside the starred playlist. It is updated on Monday every w...
Spotify enables premium users to mark a playlist to be available offline on their desktop or mobile clients. This allows Spotify to act as a user's primary media player even when no internet connection is available.
Up to 50k songs can be uploaded to an online cloud storage and streamed directly from there at up to 320kbps without a paid plan. Additionally, during the upload process user's library will be scanned to see if any songs match Google's catalogue. The ones that do don't need to be upload...
The web app provides access to the "Listen Now" view that suggests music you've recently listened to or may like to revisit, and the Queue, an intuitive now-playing list that integrates with the rest of the user interface.
YouTube Red is a paid video streaming service that allows you to play all YouTube content ad-free as well as offers original and exclusive series and films creating in partnership with major YouTube networks and personalities. The YouTube Red service is however only available in a few countries, i...
Free users can only listen to music they uploaded or purchased through Google Play, or ad-fronted radio stations that are curated or based on a chosen song or artist. They can't play specific songs from Google's streaming library on demand.
The SoundCloud music streaming service has over 115 million tracks accessible for free. Majority of those free tracks are uploaded by musicians that aren't backed by major labels. As such SoundCloud is a great place to discover new content that often will not be available on other music servic...
The Pandora music streaming service is the best at predicting which songs the user would enjoy hearing. Unlike services which have rudimentary recommendation algorithms, Pandora uses over 400 selection attributes that are combined to form over 2,000 focus traits including rhythm syncopation, key to...
Bitrate quality is not explicitly stated by Microsoft, but music is reported to be streamed at 192kbps WMA which is lower than most comparable streaming services. While music is downloaded at 256kbps WMA, an improvement but still lower than Google Play Music and Spotify.
Actual human beings take time to decide what should be played, and on what stations. Sometimes people curating these stations are professional DJs who have experience in curating music content. This makes the music streaming service feel much more organic.
The Apple Music streaming service focuses on playlists selected by curators rather than intelligent radios in other streaming services. Choosing playlists selected by the curators improves the experience with another method of music discovery. Of course you can still heart or disheart any song on y...
The Tidal music streaming service has a maximum streaming quality of 1,411Kbps bit rate with FLAC-formatted lossless files. This is quite an upgrade compared to most music streaming services, which go at about 320Kbps bit rate.
The Earbits music streaming service has an interesting business model that allows the service to be complete free (and ad free) to listeners. Some musicians pay for added profile features or other different tools that aids in exposure for them. See the full explanation here.
Some areas of the service are lacking in polish and design. The user profiles are pretty sparse, making it difficult to customize. Navigation can be a bit unintuitive at times, which makes it a pain to browse the site. There are also issues with playback as well, adding up to many unpolished areas...
Qobuz is only officially available in 10 countries (which does not include Canada and the US). You can use a VPN in order to pay for the service in an unsupported country. Some users have mentioned success with contacting the country and being added manually (you can read more here).
Just type in the command to play a particular genre you are interested in and it will play that style of music randomly. This allows for a way that you can discover new music you may not be familiar with.
For the available genres the user can pick from, there are only so many listed. Any more fine grained controls of being able to play genres not listed is not supported. This means the eclectic and more niche genres can only be played by directly selecting the bands that play that style of music.
I've stopped purchasing or downloading songs manually ever since switching to Spotify. Worth the cheap subscription fee for the huge collection of music and discovery features/playlist — that's where I was introduced to many new albums that I really like.
Huge collection of music
Available on virtually every major platform
Has good tools to help you find new music based on your tastes