Digital music downloads are becoming a thing of the past.

People don’t need to download music or rip CD and copy the songs in their computers to the mobile phones anymore.

Technology has come to save the day and introduced music streaming services.

These services are now rising in popularity and they let you pay a small fee every month and access huge music libraries.

You get to listen to the songs anytime anywhere without having to download them on your phone.

There are streaming services that will let you have it all for free,but you have to put up with a lot of ads.

There are so many streaming services such that it sometimes gets tricky choosing the best one to use.

difference between Apple Music, Rhapsody and deezer

Here, let’s see how Apple Music, Rhapsody and Deezer compare:

MUSIC LIBRARIES

This is one of the most crucialelements of a music streaming service.

Each of these three has millions of songs and some even have videos.

Apple Music

Apple music offers more than 30 million songs.

However, there are more than 45 million songs in the iTunes library itself meaning 15 million of these are unavailable for streaming.

One advantage of Apple music is they are the only streaming services that have been able to win over Taylor Swift so far.

They exclusively offer her best-selling latest album.

Deezer

Deezer has 40m songs that are available in more than 180 countries.

One different thing with Deezer is that the number of songs available in each of these countries is different from the other.

This is one reason why there is a higher song count in Deezer’s library is local music and is not available in the UK market.

Rhapsody (Napster)

They have more than 30 million licensed songs with new ones being added every day.

One advantage of having a Napster subscription is there is no limit to the number of songs you can play.

You can also choose to download your favourite songs and listen to them offline,and there is also no limit to this.

USER INTERFACE AND DESIGN

This is one of the most significant services between these streaming services.

Apple Music

It has the best looking and clean interface with a big focus on the pictures.

It has tabs at the bottom offering straightforward navigation.

For You is a selection of albums, artists, and playlists explicitly tailored for you. Radio all the tabs are pretty easy to figure out even for the new users making the experience a great one.

Rhapsody (Napster)

This is one of Napster’s significant strengths. The app is excellent and the best designed and most intuitive.

The search button offers refined and useful results. On searching for an artist, the mobile search mirrors what you expect offering albums, top tracks and the option to play the artist’s radio station.

With Rhapsody, you can be limited by signal or data limits since you can set the songs to play offline and this is also very well placed within the app.

Deezer

Deezer has a light, clear and simple design in both the mobile/tablet version of the streaming service and the web/desktop version of the same.

It is also easier to navigate as compared to other streaming services like Tidal and Spotify.

The simplicity of navigation and the fact that the services can be offered for free despite the many ads you have to put up with is just amazing.

PRICE

This is another significant difference between these services with some of them available for free as well as subscriptions and others available only via paid subscriptions.

Deezer

This is one exciting streaming service since there is a free version where you get access to the whole music library but a limited version of the same on the mobile app.

You have to, however, put up with a lot of ads some playing in between tracks and you also have to accept lower audio quality. The paid subscriptions cost£9.99/$9.99 per month.

Apple Music

Apple has come out stronger than the other services here because it offers three different prices for different subscriptions.

The first one is the standard subscription of £9.99/$9.99 a month. The second one is for the students who can join for £4.99/$4.99.

And lastly, Apple has a Family Membership that gives unlimited streaming to six people,and it costs £14.99/$14.99.

Rhapsody (Napster)

This one also has two versions.

The Napster Unlimited desktop-only plan which costs £5/$7.77 per month and the Napster Unlimited with Mobile which costs £10/$15.50 per month.

VERDICT

Rhapsody (Napster)

Pros

– Strong music selection
– Amazing mobile app
– Browser playback

Cons

– Basic desktop experience
– Low bitrates
– Half-baked/Inadequate social

Apple Music

Pros

– Offers something different from others
– Extended three-month trial
– Integrates with your existing songs
– Amazing music discovery features

Cons

– Tangled design
– Bugs
– iCloud integration issues
– Clunky iOS app

Deezer

Pros

– Smooth music flow
– Diverse song catalogue

Cons

– Curated content isn’t up to par
– Unwieldy standalone app