Let us help you with that! here are some of our top mu­sic-stream­ing picks

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - TECH HUNTER -

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. ■

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