7 Best Music Streaming Platforms in the World

Written by: MT Team

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

We’ve all relied on music a lot during this pandemic. Music streaming services have put millions of songs at our fingertips, ready to play whenever we want, not making us feel stranded in our own home.

But when it comes to the best music streaming services, there are a lot of them out there. You get a lot of options like the free version, paid version, premium version and some apps even offer high-resolution streaming services.

So, today we’ll discuss the top 7 best music streaming platforms in the world.

1. Spotify

From brand launch in 2008 to now with around 50 million tracks and an additional 700,000 podcasts with 40,000 new tracks added every day, Spotify has grown go have a huge collection of music to listen to. There’s a free version available but with a lot of ads while the premium version costs $9.99 and gives you the ability to unlimited songs and download music to listen offline.

There are other features you can use like:

  • see the lyrics,
  • learn more about an artist,
  • discover weekly playlist,
  • personalized and collaborative playlists and etc.

But some big musicians have criticized Spotify, alleging the company doesn’t pay artists enough for making their work available for free. Following which, few artists have removed some or all of their music from Spotify. Some artists tend to buy Spotify streams for their playlists and albums as it generates earnings for them. It’s available on both iOS and Android with maximum streaming quality of 320Kbps.

2. Apple Music

Launched by Apple in 2015 and now with around 70 million tracks, there are plenty of tracks, thoughtfully curated playlists, and personalized recommendations to stream on Apple Music.

Apple Music does not have a free version. You can download tracks to listen offline in the paid one but you won’t be able to listen to podcasts, as it’s not available in the Apple Music app.

There’s no high-resolution streaming either. But it does have some great features. It’s available on both iOS and Android for $9.99 per month.

3. iHeartRadio

Founded in April 2008 and now with more than 15 million songs, 4,500 artists, and 1,500 live radio stations, iHeartRadio is the best in curated playlists and radio stations. You can search, personalize, and customize your music needs very easily.

With being the largest radio broadcaster in the US, iHeartRadio also has a premium on-demand music service with millions of tracks. Although other services have a better on-demand selection, iHeartRadio’s radio selections are the best. There’s the free version available, the $4.99 per month version for on-demand music, and the $9.99 version adds some extra features. It’s available on all the platforms such as Android and iOS.

4. SoundCloud

Founded in 2007, SoundCloud does not just allow the user to stream music, but also to share their own music. This means SoundCloud has a huge variety of music and songs you can’t find anywhere else.

With around 125 million mainstream and user-generated songs available, SoundCloud provides all of its basic functions like access to unlimited playlists and a few statistics for free. Though it’s “discover music” options are limited.

It has a maximum streaming quality of 256kbps and is available on iOS or Android for free with ads, or a premium, ad-free version called SoundCloud Go for $9.99 a month.

5. YouTube Music

Launched in 2015 and now with around 50 million tracks, the YouTube Music app lets you turn on an “audio” only setting, so that users can listen to music in the background, which isn’t possible in the YouTube app itself.

YouTube music will play another song suggestion after your selected song stops, let you search by lyric, and download music in order to listen offline. But the songs are limited to the songs available on YouTube.

It has a maximum streaming quality of 256kbps. And is available on iOS or Android for free with ads, in which if you quit the app the music will stop. Or $9.99 for Android or $12.99 for iOS for a premium version called YouTube Red.

6. Deezer

Founded in 2007 in France, Deezer has around 56 million tracks including 400,000 podcasts, a live radio feature, the Song Catcher feature that identifies songs playing around you, a feature to display lyrics on your TV, parental controls, and many others.

But, you’ll have to subscribe in order to enjoy full access, because the free version is filled with ads and you can only play 30-second previews of few songs. When you do subscribe, there are amazing features like the option to download music for offline listening or upgrade to CD-quality audio, etc. There’s no high-res streaming available because the maximum streaming quality is 1,411kbps. It’s available on iOS and Android.

7. Tidal

Launched in 2014 and now with around 70 million tracks and a high-res version called Tidal Masters, which lets you listen to songs in CD quality or better, Tidal is the ideal choice for users who want to listen to high-resolution songs.

It has an immense catalog, customized and curated playlists, music videos including exclusive releases but there’s no free version. You get a bunch of features like the download feature to listen to your favorite songs offline and the exclusive Prince’s catalog because it’s only available on Tidal.

With maximum streaming quality of 9,216kbps, Tidal supports high-resolution streaming. It is available on iOS or Android for $9.99 a month, or $19.99 a month for Tidal Masters to listen to higher quality sounds.


Music streaming services with millions of tracks and algorithms that suggest artists and playlists can help broaden your musical horizons. Millions of people stream music on these apps with millions of songs available at their fingertips.

You get access to all the songs the streaming services have to offer for typically under $10 a month. Plus they’re proven to be a great companion during this pandemic to a lot of us.

Let us know which is your favorite among these music streaming services.

About MT Team
Posts on all things related to instrument education, gear reviews, and so much more. Written by the MusicianTuts editorial team.

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