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No-one buys physical music anymore; gone are the days of queuing up outside HMV to get your hands on that freshly released CD. Thankfully, music streaming services have completely changed the way we consume music, and they've changed it for the better. For access to millions of songs on demand, for the price of a single CD each month, there's no wonder it's where the future of music is heading.


Spotify launched back in 2008; it was the first time that you could stream music as opposed to downloading it on this scale. With Spotify, you have access to (almost) any song or artist that your ears desire - including that obscure band you went to see in the back room of a pub last week. Spotify offers both free and paid for subscriptions (although most of the sought-after features are only available on the paid plan) and with 40 million paid subscribers and a further 55 million free subscribers, it is truly the market leader.


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For seven years, Spotify ruled the roost. In 2015, however, our favourite tech brand wanted in on the action; Apple Music was born. Since its launch, Apple Music has gained 16 million paid subscribers. There's no free subscription available, just a three-month free trial for all users. You might think that this would mean that Spotify has the edge, but Apple Music has soared in its first year, proving to be a true competitor.


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With two top-notch music streaming services out there, how do you go about working out which one to go for?


How to Pay


You can pay for Spotify via credit or debit card with an online gift card, or add the payment to your monthly phone bill. Apple Music links to your iTunes account so you can pay the same way you do for apps: via credit, debit card, monthly phone bill, online gift cards, or store credit.


Both services offer a wide range of payment options, and if you fancy saving a bit of money, you can actually get your hands on discounted online gift cards for both Spotify and Apple Music. Who doesn't love a bargain?


(Un)available Music


Despite boasting over 30 million tracks, the major albums not available on Spotify are Taylor Swift's 1989, Kanye West's Life of Pablo, Adele's 25, Jay Z's The Blueprint, and even Prince's Purple Rain.


Don't expect to get Apple Music and be able to listen to The Beatles or Prince anytime soon (where can we actually listen to Prince?!). Apple Music does take the lead here though, as most of the music not available isn't on Spotify either.


On The Go Listening


We're always on the go and the last thing we want is to drain our precious data. Both Spotify and Apple Music have mobile apps that allow you to download playlists to listen to offline.


Both services do technically allow you to integrate your own library. Although Spotify's process is a tedious desktop based one whereas Apple Music should integrate with your iTunes library automatically. There are still a couple of known bugs with the integration, but it looks like Apple are in the process of ironing out the creases.

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There are pros and cons for each of the services. Spotify is still the market leader with the number of subscribers and the number of tracks available, but Apple Music is creeping its way up the ladder, getting the big artists on board and pushing the boundaries of online streaming.


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Spotify just launched in India and received its first one million users in less than a week since its launch. The music streaming platform hit a major milestone six days since its debut, according to the company spokesperson. It's unclear how many of those users are on the fremium model.


Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming platforms and has changed the way artists succeed. If you don't have Spotify, here are six reasons why you should try it. If you are looking for something else to do on our phone than listening to music you can check this out and let us know what you think of it.

 

Discover Weekly Playlist


Every Monday, Spotify creates a playlist of songs based on your preferences. Consider it a weekly mixtape, courtesy of Spotify. Their algorithm has been spot on and the Discover Weekly feature has become popular.


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It's one of the best ways to discover new music even if you don't keep up with the latest artists. Both free and paid subscribers can take advantage of this incredible feature.

 

Get a Deleted Playlist Back


Spotify allows you to recover a deleted playlist. If you deleted a playlist you want back, you can get it back. To recover the deleted playlist, go to your Account section. Choose "Account Settings" and click on the option for recover playlists. This can save you time for creating a new playlist.

 

Listen to Music in Offline Mode


You can also listen to some of your favorite music in offline mode. It's a great way to listen to your favorite music while on the go. When you embark on a plane or trane, your device may get disconnected from the free public Wi-Fi connection. In this case, you would have to pay for Wi-Fi.


Streaming is usually difficult for these types of situations. When you upgrade to Spotify premium, you can download over 3,000 songs to your device. You can bring your favorite music and albums with you on your travels. This feature helps you save on mobile data rates.

 

Listen to Spotify Radio


If you don't want to spend time creating playlists, let Spotify Radio pick songs at random for you. Travel over to the Radio section and select the "Create a new station" option. Spotify can create a radio based on your favorite song or artist. You can also tailor the station if you make changes in your preferences or block certain artists. This allows you to uncover a whole new world of music.

 

Listen to Spotify Podcasts


Tired of listening to music? Spotify also has the option to check out some podcasts. This is a great way to keep up with your favorite podcasts while you work. Travel over to the Podcasts section and listen to some of your favorites. You can also check out the Top 10 list to see what else people are listening to.

 

Use Private Mode


Private mode is a terrific feature that hides your activity from your friends. They no longer have to be informed on what you've been listening to. It's a great option if you prefer to keep your musical preferences to yourself. Maybe you're not comfortable with all of your Facebook friends knowing that you've been listening to music every second of the day.


You can hide your activity by clicking the Private Session mode on the drop-down menu. This allows you to listen to all of your favorite music without other people knowing.


There are so many different music streaming platforms out there, but these features alone make Spotify better than the others. It's no wonder why it's gotten millions of users in India. Spotify can help improve your music streaming experience. 


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