As a devoted music fan, you love listening to your favorite tunes throughout the entire day. Whether it’s hard rock on headphones to get you through your morning workout, sampling some current pop songs in the car during your commute or relaxing in the evening with light jazz, you are rarely without music by your side.
While your adoration for music knows no bounds, your wallet definitely has it limitations — as much as you would like to, you don’t have the money to buy every vinyl record and DVD that you want. Fortunately, streaming services have made it easy to bring your fave music with you at all times — all you need is a smart device. To check out some budget-friendly streaming services, keep on reading:
Consider Your Carrier
If your smartphone is on the older side and your carrier is charging you an arm and a leg for data usage, it may be time to upgrade. After all, in order to have the best music listening and video watching experience possible (without breaking the bank) you need the right tools. Look for a carrier that offers cell phone plans that include unlimited data, as well as the ability to stream unlimited entertainment and video at DVD-quality 480p. You’ll also want a new device that has tons of storage and a long battery life.
Spotify: Great for Families
When it comes to streaming services, Spotify is probably the most popular option. Priced at $9.99 a month, or $4.99 a month with a student discount, you can get access to more than 30 million songs, featured playlists of certain artists and much more. Spotify is also blessedly ad-free, so you don’t have to get through long commercials to listen to your fave Prince, Tom Petty or Drake tunes. If you have a large family, Spotify is especially reasonable; you can add up to six people to the account for $14.99 a month, which equates to the cost of a cup of coffee to listen to all of the music you want.
Amazon: For Prime Members and More
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can get access to two million songs on Amazon Music for no additional cost. However, if you want to check out the whole enchilada of tens of millions of tunes, consider paying $7.99 a month. For non-Prime members, the cost to access the whole collection is $9.99 a month. While this price matches the Spotify plan, if you have an Amazon Echo, you can easily listen to Amazon Music songs at home, which is a nice option.
Pandora: Free, if You Don’t Mind the Ads
When looking for budget-friendly streaming options, it is hard to beat totally free, and that’s what Pandora offers — with one caveat. To get access to the free version, which allows you to create personalized stations, you sign up for “Ad-supported radio,” which of course means listening to commercials. For $4.99 a month, you can get the Pandora Plus plan; this features personalized radio with no ads at all, unlimited personalized stations, unlimited skips and replays and a solid quality of audio.
As you research the different streaming options, using the suggestions here plus any others you find on your own, pay close attention to free trials — that way, you can make sure you like the service without paying a dime. If money is especially tight, you can sample numerous free trials before committing to one plan. Then, by finding an affordable new smartphone and an unlimited data plan, you will be able to listen to all the music you want, whenever you want, for very little money.