The global streaming service market for music is booming. In June 2018, according to Media, the reputed media research organization, there were only 69 million music subscribers in the world, whereas in June 2019, within one year, the number rose to 304.9 million.
In 2020, the user penetration was 11.90 percent, while it’s estimated to reach 17.20 percent by the year 2025.
The love for music among people is ever-increasing, however, they have so many options from choosing to.
Here’re the top five streaming websites that music lovers use to get access to an ocean of music.
1. Spotify- Audio and Video Songs (Free and by monthly subscription
Spotify is the most popular music streaming website in the world. In the first quarter of 2020, it achieved total revenue of 1,848 million, which elaborates its super-strong position in the music streaming industry. It can be regarded as one of the best streaming sites as well.
Here users can listen to their favorite songs, create playlists, and can share them with their friends. Spotify also contains podcasts and video content.
User Base: 130 million subscribers worldwide
Available in: In the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and some parts of Africa.
Supported devices: Windows, macOS, and Linux computers, iOS and Android smartphones, and tabs.
Pricing: Free and paid, both options are available (Premium options are for $9.99 per month)
2. Apple Music- On-Demand Songs, Playlists, and Radio (by monthly subscription)
In Apple music, there are more than 60 million ad-free songs waiting for Apple users to be streaming on. Users can download their favorite music pieces and play them offline.
Users can also listen to the music telecast of Beats 1 radio station and have some exciting music.
User base: 60 million subscribers.
Available in: In the USA, some parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and even in Oceania.
Supported Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac laptop, and PC.
Pricing: Paid plans per user, per month, are $9.99 and $14.99 per month for a family subscription.
3. Amazon Music Unlimited- Songs, Playlists & Stations (by monthly subscription)
Amazon Music Unlimited, in literary terms, is the treasure of a huge collection of music pieces. Lyrics of the songs automatically appear on the ‘now playing screen, while the users listen to their favorite songs.
User base: 55 million subscribers
Available in: Available in the USA, Canada, the UK, parts of Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Supported Devices: Smartphones, tabs, MacOS devices, Amazon Fire TVs, and Alexa-enabled devices.
Price: The paid plan is $9.99 per month.
4. YouTube Music- Songs, Podcasts, and Videos (by monthly subscription)
YouTube is world-known as a video service, however, YouTube Music is one of the fastest-growing music streaming websites. It has a massive collection of more than 30 million songs that users can stream.
Visitors can also listen to Podcasts and upload their own music pieces.
User Base: 15 million subscribers.
Available in: Almost available in every part of the world, except some parts of Asia and Africa.
Supported devices: Android TV, Sonos, Android Auto, Chromecast, and also on iOS devices.
Price: Paid plan for $6.99 per month.
5. Pandora- On-Demand Songs, Albums, and Playlists (Both free and monthly subscriptions available)
Pandora is another great streaming service where music lovers can listen to their favorite songs. Here they can search by artist, composer, or genre, and it creates a radio-like platform around it.
With premium services, users can get higher quality and a chance to listen offline.
User base: 6.2 million subscribers.
Available in: In the USA.
Supported Devices: iOS and Android devices, Google Home devices, Amazon Fire, Kindle, and Alexa devices.
Price: Free, but paid versions are also available starting at $4.99 per month.
Supported platforms: iOS and Android devices, Roku, Google Home devices, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle, and Alexa devices.