The Best Music Streaming Services In 2018 [Infographic]

The Best Music Streaming Services In 2018 [Infographic]
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Although vinyl seems to be making a hipster-generated comeback, that old CD collection is nearing obsoletion. The rise and rise of music streaming services might be destroying physical media sales, but man, it makes my life super easy. Spotify, Apple Music… Pandora? Which streaming service is the best?

Physical and download revenues from music sales are dropping all across the globe, but streaming continues to explode (okay, not you, Tidal).

Unsurprisingly, Spotify continues to dominate the scene – it transcended being a service and sort of become a noun synonymous with streaming music instead. have put all those stats into a pretty neat little infographic below highlighting Spotify’s dominance, but also how well services like Apple Music and Amazon Music are doing.

Apple is sitting pretty in second place with around 40 millions users, while Amazon Music, which has only recently come to Australia, clocks in at third place, in terms of paying users, at 16 million across the world. There’s Google Play Music, too – a service that a lot of people actually use apparently! Fantastic.

There are some other interesting stats that speak a little more to the impermanence of digital media: Hits don’t stay at the top of the charts for as long as they used to (okay, not you, Ed Sheeran) and downloads have decreased by about 10 percent. It makes me a little bit nostalgic for my CD collection and rushing to the store on a release day for a new LP. Admittedly, that CD collection does take up valuable space in my apartment.

Take a look at the infographic:




  • There’s Google Play Music, too – a service that a lot of people actually use apparently!
    I switched to that from Spotify… It costs about the same, has much the same number of tracks to choose from and comes bundled with YouTube Red for ad-free YouTube. Upgrade it to a family subscription and it looks even better value.
    I miss Discover Weekly, but not much else about Spotify

  • Used to have Spotify but found that on my Google Home ‘Ok Google play some music’ played the same list every time no matter what i did, same 30 songs every time where as Google Music has a much wider variety of lists that play, no difference in the songs available and much better ‘play some music’ choices. Plus Youtube Red and no Youtube ads.

    • Exactly this! I don’t understand why anyone would choose Spotify or Apple when you get the same plus YT Red. It was a no brainer switch for our family plan.

  • I wanted to like Spotify so that I could use one subscription on both Google Home and Amazon Echo devices. But it was such poor quality (buffering when Google Music was fine) and poor at guessing what I was asking for, that I’ve let it lapse.
    Amazon music is fine, but I’ve decided to get rid of the Echo Dots and use Google Home (and Mini) instead as it’s better at buffering.

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