The best alternatives to Spotify for listening to music
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Google chose, for reasons of its own, to subsume its independent Google Play Music service into its YouTube video service, coming up with YouTube Music. This can result in some confusion between your music and video lists. On the plus side, you can get individual songs and albums with the free service; according to a May 2020 blog entry, at the time, YouTube Music had “over 50 million tracks, albums and high quality audio.” You access podcasts on a separate app.

The Free service includes choice of individual songs and albums, along with ads. On desktop, occasional pauses until you click on the “Video paused. Continue watching?” notification (even though you’re not watching a video). In addition, if you’re listening on a phone, the music will stop if your screen goes dark or you switch apps.

Music Premium ($9.99 / month) gets rid of the ads and the pauses and lets you download your music. There is also a $99.99 annual plan. If you subscribe to YouTube Premium ($11.99 / month), YouTube Music is included.

Budget Plans: The Family plan ($14.99 / month) lets you add up to five other household family members. The Student Plan ($4.99 / month) gives you Premium service with verification of eligibility.

Free trial: One month for paid plans

Correction February 3rd, 2022, 8:26AM ET: We incorrectly said that Amazon Music Free does not include podcasts; it does. We regret the error.

Update February 3rd, 11:15AM ET: Updated to add Bandcamp.

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