Best music streaming services


When it comes to getting your digital music fix in 2018, more and more people are turning to streaming services rather than download sites. Whether you want choice and convenience, or CD-quality lossless audio, there's a music service for you.

And if you're not taken with our picks, there's always the option of this ultra-cheap, limited-time only Amazon Music Unlimited deal.



Tidal impressed us at launch and, thanks to an ever-expanding music catalogue, interesting USPs and exclusive content, it continues to do so.£20/month gets you CD-quality lossless and MQA-powered hi-res streaming of Tidal Hi-Fi, which delivers a level of sound quality that rivals struggle to beat.


CD-quality streaming | HD music videos | Desktop app | Hi-res Masters tracks

Reasons to Buy
Better sound quality than rivals
Hi-res Masters tracks
Intuitive interface
Expansive catalogue
Good value
Useful curated playlists
Reasons to Avoid
Some Masters tracks are hard to find
Masters available on limited devices



Although Tidal is our streaming service of choice when it comes to audio quality, if you can only stretch to £10 per month, our vote goes to Spotify.It offers a wealth of content and its excellent platform support and user interface make it a no-brainer for those keen to discover new music.


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