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While downloading music may not yet be a practice of the past, music streaming platforms have dramatically increased in popularity. With a seemingly endless list of streaming websites and apps available to the modern music lover, choosing a favorite has become a difficult task. Here are six of the best platforms compared, based on price, quality, and catalog size.

  1. Songza (songza.com)

Offering an impressive variety of tracks and allowing users to select playlists based on genre, mood, decade or activity (from quiet study sessions to high-paced cardio workouts), Songza provides playlists for every moment of the day.

Monthly price: Free with advertisements, $4 for Club Songza

Audio quality: 256 Kbps

Catalog size: 20 million

  1. Grooveshark (grooveshark.com)

While available only as website and not as an app, Grooveshark exposes its members to a community of music lovers and countless new tracks.

Monthly price: Free with advertisements, $9 for Grooveshark VIP

Audio quality: Minimum of 128 Kbps

Catalog size: Unknown. Because Grooveshark’s catalog is entirely user-uploaded, the platform could offer an infinite number of tracks.

  1. Last.fm (last.fm)

In addition to offering a wide range of genres to satisfy even the most unique music tastes, Last.fm analyzes a user’s existing music library and suggests songs accordingly.

Monthly price: Free with advertisements, $3 for subscription

Audio quality: 128 Kbps

Catalog size: 12 million

  1. Spotify (spotify.com)

Spotify, arguably one of the most widely-recognized streaming platforms, is integrated with Facebook, giving users the ability to check out what their friends are listening to.

Monthly price: Free with advertisements, $10 for Spotify Premium

Audio quality: 320 Kbps

Catalog size: 20 million

  1. Slacker (slacker.com)

With a clean, sleek design and a variety of customization options, Slacker is an excellent choice for anyone who desires a custom streaming experience, giving the listener the ability to create his or her own radio stations.

Monthly price: Free with advertisements, $4/month for Slacker Radio Plus, $10 for Slacker Premium

Audio quality: 128 Kbps

Catalog size: 13 million

  1. Rdio (rdio.com)

Despite Rdio’s expansive music library, the site is easy to navigate and understand.

Monthly price: Free with advertisements, $10 for Rdio Unlimited

Audio quality: 192 Kbps

Catalog size: 20 million

 

Additional streaming platforms to check out:

Pandora, Rhapsody, Music Unlimited, Google Play Music, iTunes Radio

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