A Look At Your Main "Go to" Players for Music Streaming

In an industry dominated by the likes of Spotify and Apple, new emerging music streaming companies are gradually building a name for themselves.
Here is a list of go to music players/streaming in the fast-growing, billions of dollar market.


SPOTIFY

Spotify is the global market leader in terms of paid subscribers. Founded in Stockholm in 2006, it has more than 60 million, and 140 million active users. It offers over 30 million songs and features include bespoke playlists made for users weekly.

Running an ad-supported free service.  It’s paid, ad-free service is available from about $10 a month and allows users to choose, skip and download songs. Experts say its large user base and data gives it the edge in music recommendation.

APPLE MUSIC
Two years from its launch, Apple Music has become the industry’s number two player with about 28 million paid users. Unlike Spotify, it doesn’t have a free service.
Subscribers can access a catalogue of about 40 million songs for about $10 per month or nearly the entire iTunes catalogue.
In a bid to set itself apart through exclusive content, Apple is striking deals with individual artists such as rapper Drake. Apple music also allows users to integrate their own iTunes libraries.

AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED
Sitting in third place is Amazon Music Unlimited. It has about 16 million paid users. It offers access to about 40 million songs to its Amazon Prime members for about $8 per month, and about $10 for non-members.
Amazon also offers Prime Music, which Prime members get for free and offers access to over 2 million songs and thousands of playlists and radio stations.
Amazon promotes its one-stop-shop advantage and integration with its devices such as digital assistant Alexa like Apple.

DEEZER
The ten year old French music streaming company Deezer is attempting to carve out a niche for itself in a global industry dominated by the likes of Apple, Spotify and Amazon
Sitting at number four, Deezer has 9 million paid users, 12 million active users and 43 million tracks. It offers a “freemium” model like Spotify‘s, with a monthly subscription of about $10.
Its Flow feature recommends music based on users’ tastes and locations and aims to guess what people may want to listen to at home, at work or in the gym.
Its Deezer Next programme launched this year aims to secure local content by spotting and promoting emerging artists, often in niche genres.

GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC
Google launched its music streaming service in 2011 and offers about 40 million songs. Users can get full access to the library, build playlists and download music for about $10 a month. Free users are not able to build playlists.
The tech giant allows users to watch music clips while listening to tracks by bundling the app with YouTube, which it also owns. Google, which developed the Android operating system, has also installed Play Music on most of its devices.
Official numbers are not yet available but a survey of Android users by 7Park Data indicated that Play Music has almost as many active users in the United States as Spotify.

SOUNDCLOUD
The Berlin-based company was born a decade ago. It has over 175 million users - more than any other service - but almost all are non-paying. SoundCloud is widely used by DJs and electro music fans, with its user-generated content a key differentiating factor.
But the company has repeatedly faced financial problems, forcing it to introduce advertising in 2014 and an ad-free subscription of about $10, SoundCloud Go, the following year.
It fired more than 170 people in July and called on investors to rescue it from bankruptcy. Its valuation fell from $700 million to $150 million.

TIDAL
Tidal was founded by Norwegian tech company Aspiro in 2014 and bought by American rapper Jay-Z the following year for $56 million. It offers only subscription services, giving users access to over 48 million tracks and 175,000 music videos as well as exclusive content for about $10 a month.
Earlier this year, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp bought a third of Tidal for a reported $200 million, valuing the company at about $600 million.
Tidal said last year it had exceeded 3 million users.

PANDORA
Pandora is a streaming internet radio service available only in the United States.

It can be accessed for free, but Pandora Plus users pay about $5 a month for unlimited skips, higher audio quality and replay options while Premium users get offline, on-demand listening as well as customizable playlists for about $10. 
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