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We’ve gath­ered some of the most in­ter­est­ing ser­vices around right now – aside from Ap­ple of course. There are the big play­ers, Spo­tify and Google Play Mu­sic All Ac­cess, then there are the long-es­tab­lished Deezer, Rdio and Tidal (re­cently bought and re­launched by Jay-Z). And fi­nally we’ve cho­sen Blinkbox, for­merly owned by Tesco.

All of these ser­vices can stream on desk­top and mo­bile, so we wanted to see what set them apart. Do they have a Mac app? Is there an op­tion to have higher qual­ity mu­sic stream­ing even if it costs more? All the ser­vices vary slightly in terms of the lev­els of ser­vice of­fered, even if many tiers are sim­i­larly priced – a sign that com­pe­ti­tion is alive. While many ser­vices are cur­rently sim­i­larly priced for cer­tain tiers (£9.99 is a favoured sum per month), this might change as more com­pa­nies en­ter this al­ready crowded mar­ket.

It’s also worth remembering some ser­vices have vastly bet­ter mu­sic cat­a­logues than oth­ers. All the ser­vices we have on test of­fer a good ar­ray of artists but you won’t any Bea­tles songs on any of them, for ex­am­ple, be­cause of their deal with Ap­ple.

All ser­vices stream ad­e­quately on desk­top and mo­bile.

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