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Which of­fers the most bells and whis­tles?

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We love the idea of be­ing able to stream our own tracks us­ing Google Play and bet­ter still you don’t even need the pre­mium All Ac­cess ser­vice for that. Blinkbox is the most lim­ited stream­ing ser­vice on of­fer here. There’s lit­tle in terms of on de­mand, in­stead you just se­lect from a va­ri­ety of ‘sta­tions’ and you can skip songs. The stream­ing qual­ity is also the worst out of our con­tenders. How­ever, Deezer does well in this cat­e­gory be­cause it pos­si­bly has the strong­est mu­sic cat­a­logue, but there’s also a lot to love about the ser­vice it­self. Spo­tify’s shar­ing and playlist­ing of­fer­ing is su­pe­rior to some of the oth­ers. We awarded ex­tra points to Spo­tify, Deezer and Rdio for of­fer­ing ad-sup­ported un­lim­ited stream­ing from desk­top browsers. Spe­cial men­tion must also go to Tidal and Deezer for of­fer­ing CD-qual­ity stream­ing at a bit rate of 1,411kb/s. These ser­vices are ex­pen­sive (though Deezer’s is cheaper at £15 a month rather than £20), but they point the way to the fu­ture of mu­sic de­liv­ery.

CD-qual­ity ser­vices point the way to the fu­ture of mu­sic de­liv­ery.

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