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Drowning in choice as far as music-streaming services are concerned? We break down the pros and cons of the big three to help you out

Spotify

Pros: Excellent social features—add friends, see their playlists, ping music to each other. Free if you’re prepared to put up with ads between tracks.

Cons: Stars including Taylor Swift have pulled their music from Spotify in protest of its royalty rates.

Use if you want to dip a toe into music streaming and explore its possibilities.

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Apple Music

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.

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Tidal

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.

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