Pros: Excellent social features – add friends, see their playlists, ping music to each other. Free if you’re prepared to put up with adverts between tracks.
Cons: Stars including Taylor Swift have pulled their music from Spotify in protest at its royalty rates.
Use if you want to dip a toe into music streaming and explore its possibilities.
Pros: The interface is clear and intuitive, as you might expect. The ‘For You’ system learns your tastes and suggests new music.
Cons: The sound quality isn’t as high as that of its competitors.
Use if you’re an Apple user seeking a comfortable move into music streaming.
Pros: Exclusive content from the company’s investors (Jay Z, Daft Punk, Rihanna, Kanye West et al). Pay double the price and get CD-quality lossless content.
Cons: The interface is tough to navigate.
Use if you’re an audiophile who loves being the first to hear new bestsellers.