Choosing the Best

Music Streaming Service

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If you need some background noise when you’re working or are planning the ultimate Saturday night kitchen disco, music streaming is a must!

Whether Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer, streaming now accounts for 80% of music consumption in the UK.

Music streaming services give you millions of albums and podcasts to listen to, playlists for every mood and best of all, work with the smart devices in your home .

If you’re new to music streaming and aren’t sure which service is best for you, here are some handy pointers.

What do you want to listen to?

 If you want to jam out to the latest music releases, all music streaming services can accommodate your needs. If you’re looking for a specific podcast, you might want to do some research first, as not all streaming services host all podcasts.

As an example, Amazon Music is the exclusive home of The First One, where DJ Khaled interviews his favourite artists and producers.

If you’re looking for something a little different when it comes to a streaming platform, there are specialist services out there too. Audible lets you stream selected audiobooks as well as download them.

What’s your budget?

Many streaming services offer free versions, which can be great if you’re looking for a low-cost option. However, free services typically come with restrictions. For example, Spotify’s free version plays ads and limits the number of times you can skip a track.

Some streaming services provide a student discount.

What sound quality do you want?

Sound quality varies significantly between services. While this might not matter too much if you just want something on in the background, it can mean a lot if you’re a music aficionado.

For example, Tidal’s HiFi Plus plan provides audio at up to 9,216 kilobytes per second (kbps), while YouTube Music weighs in at 256 kbps. To give a comparison, a CD has a sound quality of 1,411 kbps.

Are there any specific artists you want to listen to?

While you can find most musicians on streaming services, others have refused to be featured. If you’re a fan of a particular band or artist, this might impact the choice you make.

Neil Young and Joni Mitchell famously quit Spotify earlier this year, protesting Joe Rogan’s controversial podcast.

What smart devices do you have?

Smart devices and music streaming go together like a drumkit and drumsticks! Devices like speakers and assistants mean you can play music and podcasts with your voice.

Most streaming devices will pair with a smart device, but some combos are easier to integrate than others. As an example, the Apple HomePod Mini works best with Apple Music and YouTube Music works best with the Google Home.

How many people will be using it?

Some streaming services limit the number of devices you can listen on. If you have a lot of people at home wanting to listen to different things, this may affect which streaming platform you go for.

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have family plans, which let you stream from multiple devices at once.

Do you want to download any songs?

Want to listen to your favourite tunes or podcasts in the car or anywhere there isn’t a wi-fi connection? Just download content to your device so you can listen offline.

Not all streaming platforms offer this service, and if they do, it’s typically a paid-for option. Spotify Premium, YouTube Music Premium and Tidal HiFi let you download tunes to your phone or tablet.

Fibre Heroes: Helping you hit those high notes

Whether you’re singing along to your guilty pleasure in the shower or holding an impromptu karaoke session in the garden, streaming music is the future.

Streaming services work best with a fast, reliable broadband connection. Anything slow and patchy and your favourite recording artist will sound like an X Factor reject!

Fibre Heroes is here to provide you with the full fibre broadband of your dreams.

Check out when we’re touring your town or city today.

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