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Best for social sharing
Spotify makes it easy to find new music and connect with your friends by way of themed playlists for genres, moods, and a weekly “Discovery” page that changes to highlight new tunes picked just for you.
Best for streaming radio
Android and iOS users can both check out the new Apple Music app that offers 30 million songs from the iTunes catalog and access to Beats 1, a 24/7 radio station broadcasting new tunes and music discussion from DJs, artists, and industry pundits.
Best for audiophiles
Jay-Z’s Tidal gives audiophiles a high-quality streaming experience unmatched by the competition with a maximum streaming bit rate of 1,411Kbps with lossless FLAC files. It also offers new, often exclusive, music thanks to its artist partnerships.
Best for music collectors
Google Play Music lets you store songs from your own music library and seamlessly blends them with the 30-million-strong streaming catalog. You can access all the songs and playlists you’ve uploaded, stream them over the Internet, and download them.
Best for newcomers
Formerly Rhapsody, the new Napster app is rich with recommendations and playlists that populate based on your listening habits. Its no-fuss layout and straightforward features are also great for newcomers that may be intimidated by the bells and whis...