These are the top 6 music streaming apps worth your coin

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These are the top music streaming apps worth your coin

With the rise of big streamers, it is safe to say that we have fully entered into the age of streaming. There is much to be grateful for that streaming has come to stay; for starters, content creators can rest assured (even though little) some coins for their content immediately it’s up on a monetised streaming platform.

In the yesteryears, access to content by musicians has been dependent on the whims of so-called “gatekeepers;” a collection of industry insiders, including DJs, music critics, and music blogs just to name a few. Those days are now coming to an end.

This is in part because the debate over how musicians can monetise and also own their art has become a hot bottom topic. But this is also because there is an alternative that is also more convenient. Good riddance to CDs.

The music streaming service offers an option out. This is how it works. Music streaming companies sell subscriptions to music enthusiasts. Musicians then upload their songs on the streaming apps. Typically depending on the number of streams their song generates, the musicians get a cut from the subscription. The more the stream the more money musicians make.

Read also: Apple vs YouTube vs Deezer vs BoomPlay; What you Should Know Before Choosing your Music Streaming Service

But this is the twenty-first century and as a Twitter user once quipped, “Why do I need 1000 apps to pay for my plantain?” There have been a lot of streaming companies springing up in recent times. This brings us to this; you can call it trimming of the excess fat in the world of music streaming apps.

Based on interface, ease of use, number of songs and features, these are the streaming apps whose subscription you should cup now and always.

Apple Music

Number of subscribers: 72 million
Number of tracks: 90 million
Monthly subscription: ₦900

Though it’s available on other app stores, if you happen to use an Apple product, this should be your first choice if you’re looking for a streaming service to join. Long before that feature that allows users to read the lyrics of the songs they are streaming, became commonplace on streaming apps, Apple Music provided the feature, underscoring its ability to be ahead of the curve.

With Apple Music, users can search for songs with even just a line from its lyrics. It also allows users to choose to have downloaded songs listed alphabetically, making it easier to navigate your favourite songs. Like most things Apple, it also has a minimalist feel and isn’t crowded with unnecessary icons.

YouTube Music

Number of subscribers: 50 million
Number of tracks: 80 million
Monthly subscription: ₦1,200

If you’re a fan of throwback songs or live performances, then YouTube Music is your go-to. Obviously made by YouTube, it offers a single premium subscription to both YouTube and YouTube Music.

Up until recently, it boasts the most expansive catalogue of all the music streaming apps. The interface, however, is bulky, with icons at every corner which will put off users looking for a cleaner streaming experience.

Spotify

Number of subscribers: 182 million
Number of tracks: 80 million
Monthly subscription: ₦900

Spotify has risen to the top as a major streaming service by offering users unique playlists curated by its algorithms. If you’re an undecided listener of music or just looking for new songs then Spotify is for you. What’s even better is that without the premium version users can still stream tracks albeit with occasional ads interrupting the flow.

Its interface is seamless. Not exactly clean, but just the right amount of icons well positioned in ways that the experience is not disrupted by constant clicking.

BoomPlay

Number of tracks: 20 million
Monthly subscription: ₦900

While many platforms have focused on carrying tracks from the global market, as Afrobeat and other African sounds become categories in their own rights, BoomPlay offers them a platform tailored for the African experience.

If African sound is your thing, then in BoomPlay lies the music catalogue you seek. Be warned however that the display is always very busy, making it a turn-off if music is all you are looking for.

TIDAL

Number of tracks: 90 million tracks
Monthly subscription: ₦1,200

Then there is TIDAL. TIDAL to put it simply is for the music heads, which is why it costs a bit more than the other music streaming platform on this least. It after all is the house that Jay-Z built. For music enthusiasts looking to stream music with the best audio quality, TIDAL is for you.

The idea with TIDAL is for musicians to share their songs “precisely as the artist intended.”

AudioMack

Monthly subscription: ₦650

One could think of AudioMack as a beginner’s guide to streaming music. Though the interface needs a lot of work before it can compete with the rest on this list, it is famous for its affordability, slightly cheaper than most on this list and its availability.

AudioMack is the go-to music platform with juicy freemium packages. unlike the rest on this list, AudioMack allows listeners to both stream music and minimise the app for free, if you can stomach the ads, that is.

Is there any popular streaming platform of your choice that is missing from this list, please share in the comment box.


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