At the moment the two biggest competitors when it comes to streaming music is being played out between SoundCloud and Spotify. In this article we are going to have a look at what each platform offers and by reading both sections, you will be able to fathom the similarities and difference between them.
This is not a detailed article that describes their differences in detail, but an article for newbies that are just looking for a basic overview of what each platform has to offer.
What Is Spotify?
Spotify is a way to, instead of buying something like from iTunes, you can stream it and they have a huge database from everything back from the golden age to current music videos. There is a free version of Spotify and there is a paid version. So here are just a couple of heads up.
If your kids are on it and they are streaming music on a phone or on a 3G or 4G connection or whatever it is you have on your phone, it is going to suck up a lot of your data and they are going to charge you more and more money.
As a result, if you use the paid version, then you will not need to spend so much money as the price is less than $10.00 a month. This is a lot cheaper than something like iTunes and you effectively do not need to download tons of music files to your system as everything on Spotify is cloud-based streaming – much like YouTube is for videos.
You can also acheter des plays for Spotify if you want to promote your own music on the website’s cloud system, which is incredibly useful.
What About SoundCloud?
Soundcloud is free to a certain extent. The free version actually has its limitations. In order to unlock all the music features SoundCloud has to offer, you will need to sign up to its premium version.
The idea is that SoundCloud collects as many as people as possible that want to listen to free music and then hopefully convert some of those users into paid users by offering what are in fact some excellent add-ons to the free version effectively giving you premium access.
Now the concept is much the same as Spotify so far as you stream music from a cloud-based server. One of the advantages to premium is you are able to listen to an unlimited amount of music without being disturbed.
- Lower quality audio
- You will be bombarded with ads
- No offline library
- You cannot access the full catalogue of songs available
One of the best parts to premium is the fact that you can use offline mode. Most people do not mind ads, but the lower quality in sound for avid music lovers.
There is 2 paid version available:
- Sound Go – save music for offline listening and ads are removed and is $5.00 a month
- Sound Go Plus – this removes all 4 limitations mentioned above $10.00 a month
Soundcloud GoPlus is much better than Spotify for independent music developers. This is because SoundCloud offers a free distribution network for independent musicians to upload their music. On the other hand, Apple and Spotify both require additional payments outside of their subscription plan, which is basically the main difference between them, and the reason why SoundCloud has more music from independent bands and artists.