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Tidal costs US$10 (about R140) a month, or US$20 (R280) for access to highfidelity sound. The App Store will charge you 30% more.
Android, iOS, web browser.
Tidal has some great exclusive content, and puts artists first, paying among the industry’s highest fees to musicians per play. It also boasts high-fidelity streaming – music, some say, as it was meant to be played. The mobile apps are also gorgeous and easy to use, and there’s a family plan on offer.
Apple’s surcharge makes the price for Tidal sting. Fortunately, you can avoid the added fee by buying Tidal online, and then downloading the app to login rather than signing up on your Apple device. People who choose the high-fidelity membership will also notice that their data is eroded faster through Internet-intensive quality.
Anyone interested in Tidal’s ethos of exclusivity, well-paid artists and premium sound. Bonus for Beyoncé fans – she and husband Jay Z own Tidal. with a vast library of music organised into a very wide range of different playlists, catering to many a whim. We’re talking anything as general as ‘top pop tracks’ right through to ‘songs to lie on your bed and stare at the ceiling to’. Users are also able to curate and share their own playlists, which is great if you just know your current favourites would slay with the right exposure.
You can currently only skip three songs at a time – not great for picky listeners.
People with niche tastes in music, anyone who can’t justify a subscription fee, and everyone who wants to see what music streaming is about before they commit to it above their dedicated music players/CDs.
All-access membership: R60/month; access for web and desktop will cost you R25 with no offline options.
Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, web browser, Apple TV, Chromecast and more.
A two-week free trial. All-access membership includes the ability to download offline on three devices. Simfy has great partnerships with Sanlam, Edgars, Afrihost and MTN. There’s also a good selection of local music.
The app tends to be bug-prone and the music collection is somewhat limited, even at 32-million songs. No family plan.
A good option for proud South Africans and anyone who would benefit from Simfy’s partnerships with the brands listed under ‘Pros’.
Premium membership: R60/month, free for unlimited use on tablet and on computer, free for limited access on mobile devices.
Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, Apple Watch, tablets, smart TVs, web browser and more.
A 30-day free trial, a ‘Flow’ feature that uses artificial intelligence to learn your listening habits and serve you music accordingly, and access to song lyrics. No family plan.
Early adopters disillusioned with Google Play and Apple Music.
R50 for an individual subscription.
Android. Credit cardfree two-week trial, a cheaper-than-most subscription fee, the honour of being the first dedicated Afrikaans music streaming service as well as being a locally made app created by a femalerun company. You get three months free for following Liedjie on WeChat.
An all-Afrikaans library obviously makes for a limited variety of songs across other genres, and Liedjie currently only supports Android. We also didn’t see any available family plans listed.
Big fans of Afrikaans music. ■