The Stream Team

According to Ben Wise and a quick Google search, streaming is “Streaming means listening to music or watching video in ‘real time’, instead of downloading a file to your computer and watching it later.”

Streaming has become the hottest topic in the music industry today whether that is about the artist’s gets paid the right amount or which service gives the users the most exclusive content. However, according to John Kohl, streaming has actually helped the music industry have a comeback after 15 years of a slow decline. Keeping up with the different streaming services should be in the forefront of musicians’ minds.

Here’s a Cheat Sheet of Streaming Services:

Apple Music

  • $10 a month/ $15 for a 6-person family
  • 3 month free trial, radio
  • 30M library size
  • Taylor Swift’s 1989
  • 100k song locker
  • Siri control
  • Beats 1 (Internet radio station streaming service)


  • $10 a month/ +$5 per person
  • Ad-supported, unlimited streaming, desktop and mobile
  • 30M library size
  • Podcasts
  • TV Show clips
  • Beat-matching for runs


  • $10 a month or $20 a month for lossless audio
  • 30 day trial
  • 30M library size
  • Tidal X (a program that gives artists a platform to connect with their fans through special events, including concerts)
  • Includes a tenuous feeling of connection to Beyoncé

Google Play Music

  • $10 a month
  • 30 day trial, radio
  • 30M library size
  • Music Videos on YouTube with no ads
  • 50K-song locker



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