Spotify and its Competition [infographic]

September 29, 2011 |  by  |  Music

Napster had its up and downs, but now it’s safe to say you need to find a new music service. iTunes is well organized and has a large collection of songs, but it quickly becomes impossible to afford. If you have a diverse music taste like me, you want access to many different bands all the time. Buying hundreds of CDs is fun until you realize you have no money to buy concert tickets to see the live shows.

Today’s infographic is here to help you out. It stacks up the major music subscription services and rates them on various features. I have not explored the majority of these, but I have downloaded the free trial of Spotify, and it is awesome. It is great to be able to search an artist and listen to entire songs rather than short samples. If I’m not mistaken, the unlimited streaming trial lasts for 6 months! Although it is a little creepy, I enjoy the connection with Facebook and the ability to see your friend’s playlists and what they’re listening to.

Since I’m not an expert on this subject, please leave me some comments on your experiences with these various services. If you think one of these is way better than Spotify, I want to try it out! [Via]

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  • XavierM

    Sorry to tell, but this info looks more like a Table of data.

  • Ulf Kastner

    Your MOG column could use a couple of tweaks – they did recently launch a desktop app and they have a free account type that includes a listening quota that is replenished periodically or as a result of sharing activity that MOG rewards (along the lines of the Dropbox model.)

    In my estimation Slacker does not belong into this comparison chart, as it is not an on-demand, but a radio-streaming service (i.e. you never get to pick which specific tracks to listen to.)  Napster should be added instead, since it also offers on-demand streaming services.

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