September 22, 2015 2 min read

Music subscription services are becoming all the rage as people are less likely to purchase CDs in-store and more likely to purchase MP3s online. With the use of these services, customers will pay a monthly fee and have access to an unlimited amount of music from an array of artists. Apple Music and Tidal are just 2 of the many streaming services on the web, not to mention Spotify and SoundCloud.

What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is essentially a combination of your favorite radio station, Spotify, and SoundCloud. It is an affordable streaming service at $9.99 for a single subscription or $14.99 for a family package and it’s easily accessible. With over 30 million tracks, subscribers will be able to hear a variety of songs from top artists ranging from Sam Smith to Drake.

Apple Music is taking it a step further in terms of making their service interactive through “Connect”. “Connect” is a radio station that’s available 24/7 where artists are able to share music, pictures, and videos with the help of Siri with all of their fans. This essentially provides a social media aspect to the service.

What is Tidal?

Tidal is the most recent celebrity music sharing service as they have an a-list roster of shareholders ranging from Jay-Z to Coldplay. What makes Tidal so interesting is that they promised perfected audio and access to HD music videos for $9.99 per regular subscription and $19.99 for premium subscriptions. There are also 30 million tracks available through Tidal which makes them comparable to Spotify and Apple Music.

How Apple Music and Tidal are Changing Subscription Services

In comparison to Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal are directly benefitting the artists that create the music. Spotify, on the other hand, has a free tier where customers can listen to an unlimited amount of music for free as long as they also listen to advertisements. According to Forbes, approximately 60 million Spotify users listen to music for free which doesn’t help artists to get the most money for their work.

With the introduction of these 2 services, the music industry may become balanced again where artists are paid for their work and listeners are paying artists what they deserve. Both services also help to enhance communication between artists and fans as people can follow their favorite musicians and listen to whatever they’re enjoying at the moment.

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