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Don't Cross The Streams!!

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Music streaming is a fantastic alternative to music download services. You can access millions of songs from your PC, mobile device or home audio system without the need for spending hours downloading tracks. This means you don’t need to carry your music collection with you and you won’t use up valuable hard drive space.

But with dozens of music streaming services out there, which one do you choose? Here’s our pick.

APPLE MUSIC launches on 30th June. It will be an app combining a song and music video library and a 24 hour live internet radio station called Beats 1. It draws from two sources - your iTunes library of downloads and ripped CDs and also from the 30 million plus songs available from the iTunes Store. Siri has also been programmed to work with Apple Music.
Cost:
Approx. £9.99/month (to be confirmed).
Available on: PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Android phones.

SPOTIFY has 30 million tracks in the library. You'll find many major artists as well as plenty of smaller bands. You can create your own playlists as well as export and share playlists with your friends. It recently rolled out podcasts, videos, news and activity-based playlists. Spotify Running matches music to your running tempo to keep you motivated during your run.
Cost:
FREE ad-supported service (audio adverts interspersed between songs).
£10/month for Premium service (no ads).
Available on: PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Samsung SmartTV.

DEEZER offers 35 million tracks, Facebook integration, recommendations based on listening habits. A laptop is the best way to use Deezer, although the mobile apps are easy to navigate once you know the layout.
Cost:
FREE ad-funded service.
£9.99/month (no ads).
£14.99/month for the Elite service.
Available on: PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, BlackBerry.

TIDAL offers 25 million tracks, sharing of music as well as offline listening. It’s ideal for anyone who misses CDs and the quality they used to bring. You’ll need a decent set of headphones or expensive audio equipment to make the most of the high-fidelity sound quality.
Cost:
£9.99/month for Tidal Premium.
£19.99/month for Tidal Hi-Fi (take out the free trial to decide if it’s worth paying for). Available on: PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android.

Also worth considering are Google Play All Access and RDIO, both of which give access to over 30 million songs at a reasonable monthly cost.

As all of these services offer free trials, why not sign up for each one consecutively? It'll give you several months of free music, by the end of which you'll know which one is right for you. DO REMEMBER to cancel at the end of each free trial to avoid paying for the next month’s subscription.