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Best options for online music streaming

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Best options for online music streaming

This week we bring to suggestions for a few other sources that stream the best quality music for your aural pleasure.

How much time can you spend in front of the screen, watching movies and series? How long can you scroll through social media accounts on your smartphone before getting bored out of your wits? How much can you read in a day without straining your eyes?

You know, for times when you have nothing to do or even when you’re doing something that doesn’t require great attention, there’s nothing like good music in the background to guide you gently away from boredom. And the music sources? Definitely not YouTube, with its average sound quality. Moreover, audiophiles are probably already acquainted with Spotify, Apple Music, and the like. This week we bring to suggestions for a few other sources that stream the best quality music for your aural pleasure.

Tidal 

Tidal offers high quality audio with wide range of content at very reasonable prices, starting from $9.99 a month. It works on iOS and Android, as well as desktop and the web player.

The audio files in FLAC and AAC format stream in 320kbps CD-quality. More than 60 million tracks are available to access with around 170,000 of them in High-Res audio formats. Tidal is known to offer excellent sound quality. The ‘Tidal Master’ collection of music files is encoded using Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) tech, which is far more superior to most other options.

Primephonic

Music lovers around the world laud Primephonic as the ‘go-to’ app for classical music. The app available in iOS, Android and web player has a library size of 1 million+ musical tracks, specializing in classical music. Membership options start at around $10 a month and get more expensive as you add High-Res options and other features. But even at its base version, Primephonic doesn’t lack in quality.

Primephonic streams MP3 and FLAC formats in 320kbs, 24-bit quality, and also features offline playback as well as an intuitive interface.

Deezer

The best thing about Deezer is that it offers a free tier for the customers to try out before buying the app. Deezer Premium starts at $9.99 a month and with more than a decade in music streaming, Deezer is one of the most bankable music libraries.

Boasting of a vast catalogue of 53 million+ music files, Deezer can be streamed not only on iOS, Android, desktops and browsers, but also on a number of third-party streaming products including Sonos, Yamaha MusicCast, and Bang & Olufsen speakers. Deezer has a good range of podcasts and streaming is done in CD-quality 320kbps, 16-bit.