Music streaming services have made a huge impact on the music industry and in 2019 streaming services accounted for an estimated 80% of all music revenue generated globally during the year.
As the industry continues to boom, more and more platforms are being released to accommodate users. In this article, we take a look at just some of the top music streaming platforms of 2020 and explore what they can offer their users.
LiveXLive Powered by Slacker Radio
Combining live music streaming service LiveXLive with highly acclaimed music streaming service Slacker Radio, best known for their knowledgeable DJs and a huge selection of music, the newly synergized LiveXLive Powered by Slacker Radio platform can be considered the best of two worlds for music lovers. Users can choose to make use of the talents of LiveXLive DJs by listening to one of over 420 expert-curated stations, or they can take their listening into their own hands and share stations they have created themselves through an intuitive system that makes customizing stations easy and enjoyable.
Aside from music, LiveXLive also gives listeners in the US and Canada access to top-of-the-hour news updates in the form of headline news updates from ABC News station on any music station.
Coming from developers Spoon Radio Inc, Spoon is a free live music streaming service with a big focus on the social aspect of music. Spoon is best known for its feature that lets DJs and individual users start a live broadcast directly from their smartphone, a feature teased in their slogan “live stream without a camera”.
Other features of the app include the ability to connect with other users through an in-app message thread feature and the ability for users to monetize their live content and grow their audience through exposure on the platform, which already has more than 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store.
After becoming the most famous voice services in South Korea, where it was developed, the app expanded its reach and is now available to users in the US as well as in Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Due to this expansion, Spoon is also one of the few streaming services that is available in multiple languages, including English, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.
Available in both free and premium versions, Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services available at the moment with an estimated userbase of over 299 million people.
Spotify gives users access to a massive library of music and audio content, including a big range of podcasts as well as a reasonable selection of video content. One of the biggest draws of the Spotify app is that it allows users to play locally stored audio files through the app so music lovers don’t need to have multiple music apps on their device to play music.
Unlike in the case of some streaming services, all of the content on Spotify can be accessed by users who only have the free version of the app. The benefits of a premium account include ad-free listening as well as access to select albums before they are released to the rest of the platform.
Offering a blend of traditional streaming for live radio, music, podcasts, and other exclusive content, Deezer is a well-rounded streaming service with a focus on delivering content to the greatest range of platforms. One of the most accessible platforms on this list, Deezer has native clients for Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, macOS, and web.
As a paid service, Deezer gives users access to over 56 million licensed tracks from acclaimed record labels including Sony Music, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group. One of the most loved features of this platform is the ability to download tracks from the platform so that users can listen to their favorite music even when they don’t have access to the internet.
Free users have access to select features on the platform, not including offline mode, with the sound quality limiter being the biggest reason users should consider upgrading to one of the five packages they have on offer.
These are just some of the music streaming platforms that music lovers have access to, with more being developed every day. Whatever your music needs are, there is sure to be a platform that can cater to your needs.