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The best Spotify alternatives for streaming music

Ready to ditch Spotify? These are our favorite alternatives.

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Are you looking for Spotify alternatives? Perhaps you don’t think the popular streaming service pays artists enough. Or maybe you have an issue with certain podcasters on the platform.

Whatever your reason for seeking a Spotify alternative, you have several worthy replacements to choose from.

Before deciding, you should ask yourself: what do you want in a music streaming service? Whether you covet massive media libraries, superior sound quality, or app functionality, the perfect musical match is out there.

Let’s discuss some of the most formidable Spotify alternatives.

Apple Music

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If Spotify’s expansive song library appeals to you, Apple Music is a worthy alternative. Boasting over 90 million tracks, Apple’s music streaming service offers more volume and variety than most of us will ever need.

On top of that, the app is slick, functional, and also available for Android. All subscriptions include ad-free streaming, concerts and exclusives, live radio stations, and curated playlists.

You can also view time-synced lyrics as music plays, which Spotify only recently adopted. You also get lossless options on every track and Dolby Atmos on a large selection.

READ MORE: What is Spotify Live and how does it work?

With a one-month free trial on offer, Apple Music is worth a look if you want a true—and perhaps superior–Spotify replacement.

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Apple Music subscription options

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3.5

Apple Music offers an extensive library of over 70 million songs. Its user-friendly interface, curated playlists, and exclusive content provide a comprehensive music streaming experience. However, it lacks a free tier, unlike some competitors.

What We Like:
  • Exclusive Content: Apple Music is the only place you'll find exclusive releases and playlists from top artists, giving you a unique listening experience that's worth every penny.
  • Personalized Recommendations: The service learns your tastes over time, curating playlists and suggesting new music based on your preferences. It's like having a personal DJ who knows exactly what you want to hear.
  • Integration Across Devices: Seamless integration with all Apple devices makes it easy to listen anywhere, anytime. Plus, Siri compatibility lets you control playback hands-free - perfect for those "can't touch my phone" moments.
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Amazon Music

You can find the full list of available subscription options on the Apple Music site.

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Amazon Music

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Amazon Music offers a vast library of songs and podcasts, with various subscription plans to cater to different user needs. Its interface is user-friendly, and sound quality is commendable, making it a solid choice for music streaming.

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Amazon Music, with its 75 million track library, is another big player in the audio streaming game.

While the unpaid version of the service allows you to listen to curated stations and playlists, you’ll need a subscription if you want more control. Prime members even get access to over 2 million songs.

READ MORE: Spotify wants to share your listening habits in real-time

If you do want to experience complete freedom, Amazon also offers a 30-day trial of its Unlimited plan.

Like Spotify, the Amazon Music platform also contains podcasts so that you can get most of your auditory needs in one place.

Amazon Music subscription options

  • Free – Access to curated stations and playlists
  • Prime – Prime membership includes access to 2 million songs
  • Unlimited Individual$9.99 per month with full access, or $8.99 (or $89 annually) for Amazon Prime Members
  • Unlimited Family$14.99 per month with full access for six people

You can find the full list of available subscription options on Amazon’s website.

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Amazon Music offers a vast library of songs and podcasts, with various subscription plans to cater to different user needs. Its interface is user-friendly, and sound quality is commendable, making it a solid choice for music streaming.

What We Like:
  • High-Resolution Audio: Amazon Music HD offers lossless audio, a feature not available on Spotify and only recently introduced to Apple Music.
  • Alexa Integration: Amazon Music seamlessly integrates with Amazon's Alexa devices, offering a hands-free and personalized listening experience.
  • Cost-Effective: Amazon Prime members can access Amazon Music at no extra cost, making it a more economical choice for Prime subscribers.
  • Exclusive Content: Amazon Music often features live performances and exclusive tracks from a variety of artists, enhancing its content variety.
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YouTube Music

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YouTube Music is the other big dog on the block for Spotify alternatives.

Although the platform doesn’t provide updated information regarding the number of tracks it offers, the range is comprehensive and likely rivals that of other large streaming services.

READ MORE: Does Spotify keep crashing? Here’s how to fix it

YouTube offers a one-month free trial of its ad-free premium subscription for anyone who doesn’t want annoying advertisements ruining the listening experience.

However, if you tolerate ads well, the free service may be all you need.

YouTube Music subscription options

  • Free – Full access with ads
  • Premium Individual – $10.99 per month with full ad-free access, or $99.99 billed annually
  • Student Plan – $5.49 per month with full ad-free access
  • Premium Family – $16.99 per month with full ad-free access

You can find the full list of available subscription options on YouTube Music’s website.

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YouTube Music offers a comprehensive music streaming service, complete with a vast library of songs, albums, and playlists. Its user-friendly interface and personalized recommendations make it a strong contender in the digital music scene.

What We Like:
  • YouTube Music boasts a rich and diverse music library catering to a wide range of tastes.
  • The platform's intuitive interface ensures a user-friendly experience for music lovers.
  • Personalized recommendations offered by YouTube Music enhance user engagement and discovery of new music.
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Tidal

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With over 80 million tracks, a focus on sound quality, and a commitment to empowering artists, Tidal may be the underdog that upsets the more established streaming platforms on the list.

The app’s interface is clean and intuitive. Additionally, the massive song library will never leave your ears hungering for fresh tracks, and its sound quality is some of the best.

Tidal offers a 30-day free trial that grants access to the full music library and over 350,000 videos.

Tidal subscription options

  • Free – Free, no, really, and you get 90 millon+ songs at up to 160 kbps.
  • HiFi – $9.99 per month, streaming up to 1,411 kbps, 450k+ videos
  • HiFi Plus – $19.99 per month, ad-free, additional audio formats
  • Student Plan – This offers 50% off either HiFi or HiFi Plus
  • Family – $14.99 per month with full access for six people

You can find the full list of available subscription options on Tidal’s website.

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Tidal is a music streaming service known for its high-quality audio and exclusive content. It offers a vast library of songs and videos, curated playlists, and artist-led experiences, making it a solid choice for discerning music enthusiasts.

What We Like:
  • High-Fidelity Sound Quality: Tidal offers lossless audio, delivering music to your ears the way the artists intended, which is a rarity among streaming services.
  • Exclusive Content: Get access to music, videos, and artist experiences that you won't find on any other platform, giving you a unique and immersive musical journey.
  • Curated Playlists: Tidal's expertly curated playlists can introduce you to new music tailored to your taste, expanding your musical horizons without effort.
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Qobuz

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Qobuz might not be a household name yet, but they’re one of the best lossless streaming services. You can listen to FLAC at up to 24-bit/192kHz, which is about the best quality that streaming has to offer.

With 80 million tracks to choose from, there’s a little bit of everything to enjoy. Especially if you like niche genres or small artists, as the service has a very eclectic mix, they’re always adding to.

The only real drawback? At the time of writing, Qobuz doesn’t have any smart speaker integration.

Qobuz has two main subscription options. Both give you studio-quality streaming, over 80 million tracks, editorial content, and offline listening. Sublime also offers discounts on purchasing Hi-Res music of up to 60%.

Qobuz subscription options

  • Studio Solo – $10.83 a month if billed annually at $129.99, otherwise $12.99 a month
  • Sublime Solo – $15 per month, billed annually at $179.99
  • Family – $17.99 per month with full access for six people

You can find more information about Qobuz’s subscriptions on their website.

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Qobuz is a music streaming service that provides a unique and high-quality audio experience for audiophile listeners. With a vast library of tracks in lossless audio quality, Qobuz sets itself apart from other popular music streaming services.

Quick Verdict: Qobuz is a solid choice for anyone who prioritizes high-quality audio. Was it enough to make me switch from my Spotify account? No, but that's not a knock on Qobuz, it's just a testament to the fact that some habits die hard. While it may not be the right choice for everyone, it's still worth checking out. Seriously, the audio-quality will blow your mind.
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Deezer

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Deezer offers a good selection of songs, with a strong catalog of international fare along with familiar favorites.

For a long time, Deezer didn’t offer high-fidelity music streams, but the service is starting to roll out that feature on supported tracks — and it’s included in the cost of its premium plan.

Deezer Premium costs $11 a month or $99 a year; a student discount knocks the price down to $6 a month but can’t be purchased on an annual basis. Deezer also offers a family plan for $18 a month or around $200 a year.

Other Spotify alternatives include YouTube Music (which is included in YouTube Premium), TidalSoundcloud, and Qobuz.

Nearly all of the streaming music services mentioned offer free trials, so Spotify Premium subscribers who are looking at switching to a different service can try each one out before making a commitment.

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Deezer is a global music streaming service offering a diverse library of tracks. Known for its high-quality audio and personalized 'Flow' feature, it provides a tailored listening experience that caters to a wide range of musical tastes.

What We Like:
  • High-Quality Audio: Deezer provides CD-quality music streaming, ensuring a superior listening experience for audiophiles.
  • Flow Feature: Deezer's unique 'Flow' feature offers a personalized soundtrack, using smart algorithms to recommend tracks based on your listening habits.
  • Extensive Library: With a vast music library covering various genres across the globe, Deezer caters to diverse musical tastes and preferences.
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Reasons to Stick with Spotify

Spotify is a pure-play audio company — unlike Apple and Amazon, which offer a number of non-audio related services, Spotify concentrates its efforts on building the best-streaming audio experience for customers.

And it shows throughout the product, with Spotify having one of the best user interfaces on the market that is both easy to use and offers a number of great features.

The ability to stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks within a single app is a huge benefit for those who don’t want to have to bounce between different apps simply to listen to the audio content that they want.

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Spotify has also made significant investments in improving the service, including the introduction of an AI-powered “DJ” that shuffles through familiar tracks and surfaces new ones, complete with its own personality (which is, apparently, based on a real person).

And the service is widely supported across a number of platforms and devices, owing in large part to its decision to be hardware-agnostic.

Whether you own a PC or a Mac, an Android or an iPhone, an Xbox or a PlayStation, a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, a Roku or a Fire Stick (and, recently, an Apple TV), you can play music and podcasts from Spotify – it integrates with just about everything.

Choose the Spotify alternative that’s right for you

We’ve listed some of the best Spotify alternatives, including Apple Music and Tidal, but we can’t mention every platform in existence.

Other options certainly exist, but the services we’ve discussed more closely resemble the app we’re replacing.

If you despise every aspect of Spotify and none of the alternatives listed make you want to dance, embracing one of the lesser-known music streaming solutions may be more your style.

Have any thoughts on this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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