Records, tapes, CDs are all a thing of the past. It has become increasingly rare that we go out and purchase our favourite artist’s new album in a store. What has replaced this process is the concept of streaming online. Music streaming services allow us access to our favourite songs, artists and genres anywhere, anytime. Streaming can be a great way to get all of your favourite music at your fingertips but it is important to understand the ins and outs of it. Consider the following when streaming and choosing a streaming service:

Is it Legal?

Not all streaming services in Canada are legal or legitimate. Do your research and stick to streaming services that are legal, often you can tell by whether or not you have to pay for the service. Spotify, for example, is a legal service but after a month free trial requires a financial commitment of approximately 8 dollars a month.

What Songs Do they have?

Some streaming services have more vast libraries than others. Most of the larger services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody,etc. have over 20 million songs available which makes it hard to believe that there would be any shortage of songs or music. Nevertheless, some may not have older albums from your favourite artist or alternatively, may lack their newest music.

Where Will you Be Streaming

Consider what devices you’ll be using to stream. Some services are strictly mobile, some only desktop, some both. Some may have limited features in mobile or may not be compatible with your tablet. In addition, if you want to listen in your car or on your speaker, make sure that the bluetooth will be compatible and allow you to do so.

Free Trials and Discounts

It is always a bonus when a service offers a free month where you can try out the service and determine if you like it.