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The music industry is continuously growing and modernizing with the times. In a matter of accessibility, online music streaming platforms have monopolized the distribution of music in the past decade. I remember downloading sketchy tracks onto my Mac off of LimeWire when I was in middle school, and now I stream music at the touch of a finger on my iPhone. Just in the span of my adolescence, gaining access to all sorts of music has evolved immensely.
Let’s break down the current resources available to us in an effort to find our one true love of the online music world.
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Now, I am a true Spotify lover. I really believe that it is the best all around platform on the market right now. It is very user friendly and is centered around helping you find your new favorite music using tons of different resources. Plus, you can listen for free or for a monthly fee, you get a premium account with no ads! Check out my article How to Make the Most of Your Spotify Account if you want to learn more!
Very similar to Spotify, Apple Music gives you full access to pretty much any music under the sun. I must say, Apple Music does quite an exceptional job in providing the listener with bomb new recommendations. You are able to easily navigate the app to browse tracks curated for you as well as the most popular songs at the moment. The only downside for me is that you have to have a paid subscription, apart from a 90 day trial period. This makes it a little more inaccessible to me.
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I personally don’t have Tidal, but I’ve done my research. It seems like this exclusive, boujee platform that everyone wants to be a part of; including me. I hope to one day be a member as to be just the tiniest bit closer to Jay Z and Beyonce. Something that I really love about Tidal is that they are the streaming service with the highest percentage of royalties paid back to the artists and songwriters. Being owned and operated by industry titans who partake in the artistry themselves, they really strive to support the artist. This is a great thing for the music industry, as it has become very money centric in the past decades.
Soundcloud is the underdog of music streaming services. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked. But, I strongly support the usage of this user friendly platform. It is perfect for curating playlists of all your favorite artists. In addition to featuring all the mainstream popular artists, Soundcloud is a bustling hub of rookie musicians showcasing their work. It’s so amazing to see the constant influx of new talent in the industry. Also, a lot of indie artists release songs on their Soundcloud page before anywhere else. So it’s a great place to stay on top of the latest tracks.
These are some of my most used platforms or the ones I thought were worth mentioning. But, there are so many others that are amazing in their own ways. It is a great time for music accessibility in the age of the internet monopoly. We should all take advantage of that because one day we will be telling our kids about the the cool internet machines that played the pretty music while they play with their holograms in the spaceship.
Boston University Class of 2020 ● Just a little music obsessed