Elliot Seng: Streaming Music Platforms
November 23, 2015
Steamboat Springs — With a vast array of music listening options scattered throughout the Internet today, how does one go about listening to the right platform for optimal enjoyment?
If you find yourself still jamming in the Pandora era then you may want to keep on reading. Let's compare a few of the popular music services like Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.
First, we have what is currently most popular, Spotify. Overtaking Pandora as the most widely used streaming music service recently, Spotify offers a streamable library boasting over 20 million tracks to choose from. Also, Spotify features streaming radio similar to Pandora in being able to thumbs up or down to further curtail your station. Forming a personal profile and "following" your favorite artists lets you see what they're listening to. Thus, allowing you to build a personal streaming library, which is the big win for me here. As long as you have an Internet connection, the world of music is at your fingertips. And for the price of $0 to $10 each month for ad-free listening, it’s tough to beat. The program takes up very little space on your computer's hard drive and is also available as an app for mobile devices. Right up my alley.
Then we have Apple Music. If you're a Mac person you're probably already on board. Offering a three month free trial to check out the goods, this service is a fair rival to Spotify. Applying their popular Beats platform endorsed by legendary producer and rapper Dr. Dre, Apple Music provides a curtailed streaming 24-hour hip-hop radio station. "B1," or "Beats 1," gives hip-hop fans unlimited music to stream and is a great tool for discovering new tunes. Boasting a library of around 20 million tracks, it matches Spotify's mark. If you have an all-in-one kind of mindset, this program works in conjunction with iTunes for optimal user-friendliness. One main difference between Spotify and Apple Music however, is the lack of playlist creativity. While Spotify allows its users to create and share playlists, Apple Music only features pre-fabricated mixes. Although a very close debate, I believe Spotify wins this one.
Additionally, I would like to mention a more underground yet also popular platform known as SoundCloud. With this user-supported site, musicians or DJs upload their sounds and broadcast them to the world for free. When bands are just getting started and don't have the funds or full credibility to attract licensing agreements with bigger platforms, SoundCloud shines in their favor. For me, this is a primary tool in searching for new, upcoming acts. Similar to Spotify, SoundCloud features a profile-based account so listeners can follow a variety of artists and what they're inspired by. With 175 million users, SoundCloud is quickly becoming a household name and a wonderful vehicle for exploring new music. You never know what you may latch on to.
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This is a very brief comparison from a few of the many options music fans have access to through world wide web. I'll claim these as top choices for any level of music fan but highly suggest you try these and see for yourself. Best of all, most of them are free!
Elliot Seng can tell a few stories. Especially the type where music takes the stage. His story started in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania back in 1987. At 27 years old, and residing in Steamboat Springs for the past five years, his dedication to music is more alive than ever. Whether at home in a robe harmonizing to a favorite vocalist or standing next to you at the weekend's top gig dancing like a ninny, he cannot be ignored. In his short time on earth he's a proven music junkie, and totally broke from it.