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Which is the best value for money?

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With the free ser­vices, if you don’t mind ads, there are many op­tions. All of­fer a top ser­vice – ads were the least an­noy­ing on Rdio. You need to go pre­mium to stream on mo­bile, though.

It’s fairly dif­fi­cult to as­sess which are bet­ter value for money in terms of the £10-a-month crowd, but we scored depend­ing on the amount of plat­forms you could use your sub­scrip­tion on – af­ter all, you can pay £10-a-month for Tidal, but there’s no spe­cific Mac app so the ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t as good as the Spo­tify, Rdio or Deezer op­tions. Blinkbox may seem cheap for mo­bile ac­cess, but it might not be worth it – af­ter all, if you want cu­rated ‘ra­dio sta­tions’, you might as well use an app such as Tune In Ra­dio.

We felt Google Play rep­re­sented the best value, be­cause you get so much for free. You can upload 50,000 of your own tracks – with­out ads. Fi­nally, Deezer Elite is ahead of Tidal in terms of the cost of a CD-qual­ity sub­scrip­tion, as it’s £15 in­stead of £20 a month.

With Spo­tify you will need to go pre­mium to stream mu­sic on your mo­bile de­vice.

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