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- Price: R $ 16,90 premium, 30-day premium test, family up to 6 people R $ 26,90, free basic
- Positive points: varied collection, interface and features
- Negatives: Offline and cross-platform sync
Deezer is also marketed in Brazil in partnership with TIM, where the operator's customers can use the service without discount on the internet franchise. However, this is not a restriction for application subscription, as any national and international credit card user or PayPal account can activate a subscription.
The free version of the service is not very limited, but it is also no exception to what we already know about other services: mandatory random banners, music ads and inactive offline mode. In this option only playlists and so-called mixes are available, ie you cannot listen to a full album and pass tracks manually.
I noticed that currently the web version is much better than it was a few years ago, as well as the version for smartphones and tablets. My impressions were great: the service matured a lot over time.
Deezer has a built-in equalizer and a great function for listening to podcast, but has been slow in synchronizing offline music. If you are looking for an app with many social sharing options and a good web interface, the app is a good fit.
- Price: R $ 16.90 premium, R $ 8.50 college, 30-day premium test, family up to 5 people R $ 26.90, free basic
- Positives: Better collection, cross-platform sync, playlist system
- Negatives: Offline sync
I like Spotify for the app's strong appeal to its playlists, social networking integration and the cross-platform integration that works great. I use the app on an iPhone 7, an Xperia Z3 + and also on my SmartTV, so the integration between these devices happens smoothly.
Also, while I work, I use the Mac app that also saves music offline and syncs via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with other gadgets I have around the house, such as a Bluetooth box and my Android smartphone. I can control the same music from any of these devices.
As I said earlier, playlists are Spotify's highlight, especially because they're created for everyday situations and festive moments. In addition, there are specific functions for physical activities and an interesting integration with the Android system.
The latest Spotify extras are videos and podcasts, which can be subscribed and synchronized by the user. The sound quality is very good and basically all versions of the services carry an equalizer that further enhances the audio. The point against offline sync, which is often interrupted, does not work well in the background or when the phone is locked.
- Price: $ 4.99 premium, 90-day premium test, $ 7.99 family up to 6 people, $ 2.49 college, free basic
- Positives: rdio Beats1, large collection
- Negatives: Charge in dollar, unintuitive interface
I tested Apple Music on iTunes and everything worked smoothly: vast catalog, playlists predetermined according to the user's taste and the ability to listen to Beats 1, the service's radio. It runs for 24 hours, led by a team of Apple editors and some renowned DJs.
Even on the free plan you can listen to Apple Music radio, although stations are not available in this mode; that is, you listen to it live but you cannot hear only one station of a specific genre. Connect, in turn, is a social network of artists and bands that performs a kind of integration with their respective social networks.
Connect can be used on the free plan as well. The restrictions are what we already know: you can't sync music offline or add them to the Apple Music library. The simple and slightly confusing Android app interface at times.
Apple's service has been improving a lot since its launch, but prices are the main problems with subscription. An international credit card is required to sign up for Apple Music, which can generate typical international shopping charges.
- Price: $ 3.99 premium, 30 day HiFi and premium test, $ 7.99 HiFi, family up to 5 people $ 5.99, family up to 5 people HiFi $ 11.99
- Good points: intuitive interface, high definition music
- Negative points: Dollar charges, limited HiFi catalog
Hi-Fi mode, TIDAL's big draw, is also available for 30-day tasting. The intuitive application interface has very interesting options, such as TIDAL Rising, which displays the latest releases of the service, and TIDAL Discovery, which acts as a guide for music indications.
D to note that the quality of the Hi-Fi mode is higher; However, you need to have good hearing sensitivity and good headphones, otherwise your perception will be of a conventional quality. TIDAL offers standard streaming quality regulation and integration with Facebook and Last.fm.
TIDAL's catalog is large, but options in Hi-Fi quality are few, more reserved for recent releases or more classic albums. Considerably slow synchronization, especially with the Hi-Fi option, which works with larger files. Take this into consideration if your smartphone's storage is low.
Whether you are looking for an app to use with good headphones or plugged into a powerful stereo, TIDAL is an interesting choice. For the conventional user other options are more attractive. There is no free plan and, like Apple Music, the amounts charged are in Dlar.
TIDAL – High Fidelity Music Streaming
- Price: premium R $ 14,90, 90 days premium test, family up to 10 people R $ 22,90, free basic
- Positives: Integrated with Android, library and playlist management, values
- Negatives: Unintuitive interface
Play Music is Google's music streaming service, fully integrated with the Android song library and Play Store. Playlists are the strengths of Play Music, as well as the catalog variety and service configuration options.
You can download up to 500,000 songs from iTunes and sync them offline on any device that has Google Play Music installed. Offline mode has the same restrictions as other services and, like Apple Music and TIDAL, after the free period all access to the service's music library is disabled.
Google's service is one of the best options on the market, especially for Android users. Particularly, I can not adapt to Play Music, even doing several tests on the platform. I feel that some features have been left out, as well as lacking a greater musical appeal among the app interfaces.
It can be said that Play Music is the most practical of our selection in terms of usability: added, downloaded and listened. Songs marked as "like" are separated in an application-specific tab, and there is an option to browse newly added albums. The service is a good option for those looking for convenience and already installed on Android, with good sound quality and a long free period.
Google Play Music
- Price: premium $ 17.90, 30 day premium test
- Positives: Match, radio system
- Bad points: slow and unintuitive interface, few plan options
Napster is an old service, perhaps one of the oldest on this list. It passed the hands of Vivo, Terra and now has become a mark unlinked from any company. The large collection and, according to the developers, there are over 2 million artists on Napster. I didn't find, however, the same artists I hear on Spotify through Napster.
Match is a very interesting resource where you can discover new artists and enter radio stations based on their musical style. This genre radio system is a plus for Napster.
I used Napster on Xperia XZ Premium, one of the most powerful models on the market today, however, I noticed that the app interface is a bit slow. Music synchronization didn't present any problems, thankfully.
The MP3 Stage and Jango are two good alternatives for you who are looking for a free monthly service, credit cards and limitations. Both are freely available on the Play Store and have specific and differentiated functions.
Jango is a playlist-based radio station that has a huge collection of artists and songs. The MP3 Stage, in turn, has more than 100,000 national artists and allows the user to download their favorite songs offline. Two great requests!
SoundCloud is the oldest of the free ones, has an active community that makes different types of uploads on the service, such as podcasts, remixes, complete albums and others. The very intuitive interface and the integration with comments and social networks is the strong point.
SoundCloud – Music and Audio
What's the best music streaming app of the moment?
Briefly, Spotify is the most complete service in terms of music collection, features, interface and variety of plans. The equivalent option, however a little cheaper, is Deezer, which does not consume the TIM customer data franchise. Third is Google Play Music which is the most integrated with Android, the simplest to use and the one with the best family plan.
Apple Music and TIDAL are tied, although Apple's service is more enjoyable. The apple company needs to further optimize the app to make it more functional. The common problem of these two services is the dollar charge, which is not available to all users and also generates extra charges on the card like any other international purchase. TIDAL also offers a basic collection and expensive prices.
I finish with Napster for the less demanding and who like to try different services. I note, however, that the app's interface proved a bit slow.
And which music streaming service is your favorite?
The purpose of this article is to gather in one place all the information about the best music streaming apps. Thus, updating and republishing this subject will become necessary over time.
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