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Spotify

Spotify

A tenner a month will get you the ads-free 'Premium' service, access to 20 million tracks and better 320kbps streaming qualty. Go for the free option with ads and you'll get 160kbps, or a 96kbps option if you want to limit data use on your mobile. With the best music catalogue, leading social features, strong platform support and a great free service, Spotify is the most complete music streaming service around. Hence it's our music streaming Product of the Year 2014.

SPECIFICATIONS

Free subscription tier | 320kbps MP3 quality | Spotify Connect

Reasons to Buy
Exhaustive discovery features
Intuitive interface
Free tier
Good platform support
Well connected
Reasons to Avoid
Doesn’t offer best-sounding streams
No lossless option

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Qobuz

Qobuz

Qobuz launched in its native France in 2007 and landed in the UK in December 2013. Its USP is its catalogue of16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC-quality streams, the first such service in the UK to offer CD-quality streaming. It's not cheap – the top-quality 'Hi-Fi' streaming service costs £20/month – but if you want the best sound quality, this is the one to go for.

SPECIFICATIONS

70,000 hi-res albums (24-bit) | Download service initiative | 40 million tracks

Reasons to Buy
Expansive hi-res streaming library
Eclectic catalogue
Class-leading CD-quality streams
Wide device support
Hi-res available on mobile apps
Reasons to Avoid
Expensive annual cost
Tidal’s hi-res streams sound better

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix is at the forefront of the video streaming revolution, offering a great catalogue and platform support, impressive video quality, 4K streaming and its own bespoke content including original production House of Cards and the full series of Breaking Bad. Available on a wide range of devices, including many smart TVs, it costs from £5.99 a month.

SPECIFICATIONS

4K | HDR | 5.1 surround sound

Reasons to Buy
4K available
Big catalogue
Increasingly impressive bespoke programming
Multiple platform support
Reasons to Avoid
Not often first with latest film releases

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Google Play

Google Play

Google Play is a straight-up, on-demand video service, so there's no monthly payment. You buy or rent films when you want, with standard-definition films costing £10, HD £12 and plenty of discounted titles from a fiver. Rentals are £4.50 (HD) and £3.50 (SD). There's a good catalogue, a lovely interface, up to 1080p resolution and 5.1 surround sound.

Reasons to Buy
Good catalogue
Lovely interface
Up to 1080p resolution and 5.1 surround sound
Reasons to Avoid
Platform support could be better
Many purchases only have stereo sound