Comparison of music streaming services

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The following is a list of on-demand music streaming services. These services offer streaming of full-length content via the Internet as a part of their service,[1] without the listener necessarily having to purchase a file for download.[2] This type of service is somewhat similar to Internet radio. Many of these sites have advertising and offer non-free options in the style of an digital music store.

For a list of online music stores that provide a means of purchasing and downloading music as files of some sort, see comparison of digital music stores. Many sites from both of these categories offer services similar to an online music database.

Current services[edit]

Service Free access available Selective streaming Lossless (hi-fi) Track downloads # of tracks (millions) # of active users (millions) # of paying users (millions) Global availability Web Android iOS Desktop Other platforms First launched Login required
AccuRadio Yes No No 1.5[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes Roku, Sonos 2000 Limited[n 1]
Amazon Music
  • Unlimited
  • Prime music
Partial[n 2] Yes Yes[4] Yes[5] 75 (Unlimited)[6]
2 (Prime Music)
55[6] 55[6] Partial[r 1] Yes Yes Yes Windows, Mac 7 other[p 1] 25 September 2007 Yes
Anghami Yes
(radio mode)
Yes[7] No Yes 30[8] 70[8] Partial[r 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes 11 other[p 2] November 2012 Limited[n 3]
Apple Music No Yes Partial[n 4] Yes 90+[9] 72[10] 72[10] Partial[r 3] Yes Yes Yes Windows and Mac with iTunes 6 other[p 3] 2015-06-30 Yes
Bandcamp Yes N/A No[12] (Download Only) Yes TBD TBD Yes Yes Yes Windows 16 September 2008 No
Boomplay Yes Yes No Yes 58+ Yes Yes Yes Yes No Android TV 2015 Limited
Deezer Yes
(radio mode)
Yes Yes Yes[13] 73[14] 16[15] 7[16] Partial [r 4] Yes Yes Yes Yes 7 other[p 4] 2007 Yes
Gaana.com Yes Yes No Yes 45 201[18] Never disclosed[18] Global Yes Yes Yes Yes April 2010 Limited[n 5]
hoopla Yes Yes No Yes 5 2.5 US, Canada Yes Yes Yes Yes Chrome OS, Roku, AirPlay, Chromecast, 2010 Yes
iHeartRadio Yes
(radio mode)
No No No 30[19] 120[19] US, Australia, New Zealand Yes Yes Yes Mac Bose, Sonos, PlayStation, Xbox, Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast 1 August 2008 No
Jango Yes No No No 30[20] Global Yes Yes Yes No November 2007 No
Joox Yes
(radio mode)
Yes Partial Yes Partial[r 5] Yes Yes Yes Yes[22] 2015
KKBox Yes Yes Yes Yes 70[23] Partial[r 6] Yes Yes Yes Yes Chromecast, Android TV, Android Auto, Apple TV, Xbox October 2004 Yes
Line Music No Yes No Yes 1.5[24] Japan, Thailand, Taiwan Yes Yes Yes No 22 May 2015 Yes
LiveXLive Yes
(radio mode)
Yes No Yes 13[25] 26[25] US, Canada Yes Yes Yes Yes Sonos, Tesla, Roku 15 March 2007 No
Melon Yes Yes No Yes 4-5 South Korea Yes Yes Yes No November 2004 Yes
Moov No Yes Yes Yes 1.5[26] Hong Kong, China, Vietnam Yes Yes Yes No Chromecast, Apple Watch 24 April 2006 Yes
Music Choice Yes No No 55[27] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[n 6]
MyTuner Radio Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 6 other[p 5] April 2012 No
Napster No Yes[28] No Yes 60+[29] 1.2[30] US, Canada, most of Europe[31] Yes Yes Yes Windows Sonos, WebOS 3 December 2001 Yes
NetEase Cloud Music Yes Yes No Yes 36[32] 55[32] Partial Yes Yes Yes Windows, Mac, Linux BlackBerry 2013
Pandora Yes
(radio mode)
Yes No Yes[33] 30[34] 58[35] 6.3[35] US Yes Yes Yes Windows, Mac[n 7] 12 other[p 6] September 2005 No
Patari Yes Yes Yes 0.02 Global Yes Yes Yes No February 2015 No
Qobuz No Yes Yes Yes 70+ 0.2[37] 0.2[37] Partial[r 7] Yes Yes Yes Yes Linn, Sonos, BubbleUPnP 2007 Yes
QQ Music[n 8] Yes Yes Partial Yes 17 57 42.7[38] Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Bose 2016
ROXi No Yes No No 40[39] UK, US No No No No ROXi 2016 Yes
JioSaavn Yes Yes Partial
(Premium)
Yes 55+ 100[18] Global Global Yes Yes Yes Amazon Echo, Google Nest, Sonos One, Shazam 2007 Limited[n 1]
Sirius XM Yes
(radio mode)
Yes No 34.9[40] Canada, US Yes Yes Yes Yes Bose, Sonos, Roku 29 July 2008
SoundCloud Yes Yes Partial Limited 200+[41] 175[42] 1.7[43] Global Yes Yes Yes Yes Sonos, Xbox One[44] October 2008 No
Spotify Yes Yes No Yes 70+[45] 365[46] 165[47] Partial[r 8] Yes Yes Yes Windows, Mac, Linux 21 other[p 7] October 2008 Yes
Stingray Music Yes
(radio mode)
No Partial
(Premium)
25+[53] Global Yes Yes Yes Yes Sonos 2014 Partial[n 9]
Tidal Yes Yes No Yes 80+[54] 4.2[55] 3[56] Partial Yes Yes Yes Windows, Mac Sonos, Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku 28 October 2014 Limited[n 10]
TuneIn Yes
(radio mode)
Partial No Partial
(Premium)
75[57] Global Yes Yes Yes Yes (Windows Store) 8 other[p 8] January 2002 No
Tunezeal Yes Yes No No 60+ 1.6 Global Yes Yes Yes Windows, Mac November 2020 No
VIBE Partial Yes No South Korea Yes Yes Yes Yes 2018 Yes
Wolfgang's Yes Yes No Yes 0.2 Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Sonos 2006 Yes
YouTube Music Yes Yes No Yes 80[61] 50 30[62] Partial[r 9] Yes Yes Yes Yes (PWA)[64] 6 other[p 9] November 2015 No

Discontinued services[edit]

Service Reason Discontinued
8tracks.com Shut down[65] 31 December 2019
Radical.fm Shut down[66] 29 June 2018
Xbox Music Succeeded by Groove Music[67] 6 July 2015
iTunes Radio Integrated into Apple Music[51] 30 June 2015
Beats Music Succeeded by Apple Music[68] 30 June 2015
Blinkbox Music Under administration[69] 11 June 2015
Groove Music Shut down[70] 31 December 2017
Grooveshark Shut down[71] 30 April 2015
Google Play Music Merged with YouTube Music[72] 31 December 2020
Guvera Shut down[73] 12 May 2017
Rara Shut down 29 March 2015
Last.fm Discontinued radio streaming service; now a database for tracking listening histories[74] 28 April 2014
Batanga Radio Shut down[75] 25 December 2017
MixRadio Shut down[76] 21 March 2016
Music Unlimited Replaced by PlayStation Music powered Spotify.[77] 29 March 2015
Musicovery Shut down the interactive radio service and now a music playlist supplier. 2 January 2017
Electric Jukebox Succeeded by ROXi 1 August 2017
WiMP Integrated into Tidal[78] 23 March 2015
Simfy Shut down. Temporarily, the website referred users to Deezer.[79] 1 March 2015
MOG Succeeded by Beats Music and subsequently Apple Music[68][80] 21 January 2015
Songza Merged into Google Play Music[81] and subsequently into YouTube Music 21 October 2014
Ubuntu One Music Discontinued[82] 2 April 2014
Zune Marketplace Succeeded by Xbox Music and subsequently by Groove[83] 15 October 2012
Mflow Succeeded by Bloom.fm 1 January 2012
Thumbplay Acquired by iHeartRadio[84] 1 March 2011
Rdio Shut down / Assets purchased by Pandora 22 December 2015[85]
Rhapsody Succeeded by Napster[86] 14 June 2016
thesixtyone Shut down 1 May 2017
Yahoo! Music Unlimited Shut down (users offered option to transfer account to Rhapsody) 30 September 2008
Slacker Radio Succeeded by LiveXLive[87] 25 April 2019

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Can listen, but liking songs requires login
  2. ^ Free access currently on Alexa devices only
  3. ^ Can listen, but playing songs requires login
  4. ^ Lossless is currently unsupported on Windows
  5. ^ Can listen, but liking songs requires login
  6. ^ Cable subscribers only
  7. ^ Desktop clients only available with Pandora One subscription
  8. ^ User totals include users of Tencent Music's other music streaming services, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music.
  9. ^ Free in Canada and US, TV subscription required in other countries)
  10. ^ Preview only

Regional availability[edit]

  1. ^ Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, US, UK
  2. ^ Full access in Middle East and North Africa, Arabic music only elsewhere
  3. ^ 167 countries[11]
  4. ^ 180+ countries [17]
  5. ^ Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand[21]
  6. ^ Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan.
  7. ^ France, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, US
  8. ^ 178 countries[48]
  9. ^ 100 countries[63]

Platforms[edit]

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