With a greater demand for music on the go these days companies are constantly competing to deliver the best variety of music at the best price. This isn’t always as easy as people tend to be picky about the variety offered to them, especially when there are so many free ways to get the latest music on the Internet. Companies such as Pandora Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Google Play, all have offers that are bound to draw in the new generations of music lovers to come. So what exactly do these companies offer that make them such a better option then iTunes? For starters these companies allow listeners to listen to music for free, and if they want to pay a one time monthly fee, they can listen without commercial interruption. While Pandora Radio and iHeartRadio don’t allow users to listen to specific songs for free, Google Play and Spotify do. ITunes charges listeners per song, which is usually between a dollar and a dollar twenty-nine a song. When you have a vast music collection this can be start to get expensive. These companies have been making it harder and harder for ITunes to stay in business for these reasons and more. Though it is unlikely that iTunes will go out of business any time soon, it is easy to see music consumers turning to other forms of music management for a few reasons.
Google Play and Spotify
Google Play offers a huge music library all at the subscribers fingertips for just a low monthly payment of nine dollars a month. Whereas iTunes will charge you per song you want to download, and some songs do cost more than others, Google Play allows you to download any song of your choosing for just that nine dollars a month. So in short, nine dollars can get you eight or nine songs on iTunes or it can get you unlimited music every month.
Spotify is slightly different from Google Play in the fact that it does have an option for listeners to listen for free. Spotify sports the same vast music library for paying subscribers as it does for free listeners. The only difference in the two is that free listeners do have to sit through a commercial or two every now and then. This honestly isn’t that bad when you think about having any song you want to listen to at any given time at your disposal. Spotify Premium is also available for just nine dollars a month, unless you are a college student, at which case you get Spotify Premium for just five dollars a month. This is another great bargain that iTunes has yet to cash in on.
Your Music Anywhere, Anytime.
Unlike iTunes, other companies allow their music to be played on more than one trusted device by simply signing into your account. Because iTunes doesn’t allow users to share their music with anyone else it can only be stored on one device at a time. If you were to try and move your music from one music device to another, iTunes would throw a fit and tell you that it would be erased on one of devices. This makes it difficult to take your music anywhere with you. ITunes will however allow you to burn your music to a CD, but CDs are also a dying media platform now that MP3 players are everywhere.
With Google Play not only can a user download tunes to a music library on any phone, but they can also save the music to a phone’s memory system, such as the sim card or any other memory card you have in your phone. Not only that, but Google Play can be opened on your computer using your Google account. From there you can play your music from your computer or you can download the music to your hard drive to create playlists or if you wish even put it on an mp3 player of some sort. Being able to have more than one trusted device for your music opens up many more doors as to where and how you are able to enjoy the music you have downloaded.