A comparison of on-demand music streaming services

The world of music changed in delightful and often immeasurably surprising ways compared to only a decade or two ago. If only someone told you you could get any song ever or any movie or a book downloaded instantly onto a device you could carry with you that wasn’t bigger than the palm of your hand, you’d probably find it hard to believe in the 20th century. 

Today, we all use phones and Kindles and we can gain access to the world’s best artworks, musical masterpieces, and the wisdom of the greatest philosophers, poetry, and sci-fi masters of all times. Though we mostly use it to Google pictures of cats. 

Be that as it may, if you’re a fan of music (and who isn’t?), there’s no better time to be alive. Whether opera, club music, or country is your thing, it’s never been easier to download and listen to the music of the highest quality for free. And even entering the world of music streaming services is unprecedentedly easy: installing Spotify’s Free Plan version takes less than 60 seconds, and hoopla – you have access to over 70 000 000 tracks right there in front of you. Upgrading to the paid version isn’t exactly difficult either. 

The problem starts to present itself when you find out that since Spotify was created in 2006, many, many legions of others swarmed in, seeing its success, and now there are so many music streaming services there you’ll never be able to keep up with the updates in all of them. 

Which one is better? Should you use Pandora’s music discovery algorithm, which is reported to be the best in the world? Tidal because it’s known for its quality of music? Spotify because hundreds of millions of fans can’t be wrong? 

The good news though is that there are so many music streaming platforms out there today but there are just as many sites that will provide a way out of the chaos. 

MusConv is here for you with the most detailed guides, updates, and news from the world of music to save you the trouble of going through all these systems and manually finding out which one is the best. 

We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, and here’s where you can just quickly and easily compare and contrast the best music services out there and arrive at your own conclusions as like which one is the best. Let’s do this. 

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The industry’s oldest and the best according to 345 000 000 users, a huge part of whom are Premium (paying) users. Spotify was the service that pretty much invented the industry and remained a leader for hundreds of millions of people pretty much since it took the first spot. 

Why is it so popular? First of all, it created value for the user before anything else, allowing people free access to the platform at no cost and after installing the app, which hardly requires any effort. Its high quality of service plus some of the best music discovery algorithms in the world, impossibly detailed and customizable settings, generous paid plans, and much, much more deservedly earned it the title of one of the most, if not the most, formidable forces in the audio streaming ecosystem. 


Speaking of industry pioneers, it’s not exactly clear whether Spotify was the first-ever audio streaming system to appear in this niche. 

Pandora was actually invented right at the turn of the century, in 2000, and in 2019 it still had millions of users. You could argue Spotify was the first system de facto to be designed for users to specifically do audio streaming-based entertainment (like there were similar systems before Bitcoin but Bitcoin was the first complete package in the crypto sphere). 

Anyway, Pandora was there before Spotify, and some consider it to be the first on the scene. It’s an impressive system with plenty of impressive features like (arguably) the best music discovery system in the world. 

It does feature a lot of good stuff, truth be told, such as podcasts, lyrics, ticket information, a free plan (get your credit card details ready, ouch), and very accessible paid plans. However, for one reason or another, its numbers have been steadily dwindling to around 60 000 000 users, which is a lot less than Spotify’s. Probably for a reason. 

If you’re a lifelong Pandora fan and want to transfer tracks, there’s no better place than MusConv! There is a time to jump off the sinking ship, and the time is the sooner the better. But, on the other hand, maybe Pandora will learn from the likes of Spotify and Tidal and fix what it’s doing wrong and its numbers will come back up and tables will turn. In any case, you can use Musconv anytime to get your tracks from one platform to another no problem. 


Tidal is another one of those services that ring across the industry for benchmark quality, in this case, the quality of music. There’s much more, however, than just great quality audio. You can take advantage of the free version, get exclusive and early access to concerts and events, and even get reviews and critiques in the form of editorial pieces, kind of like ours (but ours are funnier). 

In short, Tidal is very serious competition to the industry titans like Spotify and Pandora. What’s it got to show for itself? Music quality known across the industry? Early and pre-release access to songs and concerts? A 30-day free trial? Offline listening? More than 60 million songs? Lossless, ultra-level, high-resolution audio at Premium tears (see what we did there?)? Sign us up! 

Here’s what the industry’s (arguable best music streaming services look like. Want to know more? Check out Tidal’s editorials, Spotify’s free plan, and MusConv’s features and options for more exclusive content and the latest trends and reviews. Have fun! 

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