The global superstar has recorded her instant classic Christmas song at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London as an Amazon Original, available for all Amazon Music listeners to stream around the world
For a limited time, customers who haven't yet tried Amazon Music Unlimited can get three months free—with unlimited access to millions of podcast episodes and songs, ad-free, in the highest-quality streaming audio
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SEATTLE, Nov. 22, 2021 /CNW/ - Amazon Music announced today an exclusive new version of "Christmas Tree Farm" from 11-time Grammy winner, and only woman to ever win Album of the Year three times, Taylor Swift. "Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version)" arrives just in time for the holidays and fresh off of her #1 record-breaking release of Red (Taylor's Version). Swift's reimagined version of her beloved holiday hit was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and features a beautiful new arrangement backed by a 70-piece orchestra. Swift's "Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version) (Amazon Original)" is now available exclusively for all Amazon Music listeners globally, including in spatial audio with Dolby Atmos here.
"Taylor Swift is an icon who has shattered streaming records on Amazon Music over the years, and this season, we're thrilled to bring this new, timeless version of 'Christmas Tree Farm' to her fans as they gather with friends and family for the holidays," said Ryan Redington, VP of music industry at Amazon Music.
Inspired by her youth growing up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, Swift wrote "Christmas Tree Farm" while celebrating with family over the holidays in 2019. While fans know and love the booming, upbeat version of "Christmas Tree Farm," Swift wanted to capture the cozy and calming holiday atmosphere for her Amazon Original song. Joined by a 70-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, Swift's new recording features strings, horns, and sleigh bells, reminiscent of classic, big band Christmas songs by the greats before her.
Earlier this month, Amazon Music announced its biggest season of holiday programming yet, with a variety of new Amazon Original songs, including Camila Cabello's cover of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," a fresh original song from Dan + Shay called "Pick Out a Christmas Tree," Leon Bridges' reimagined version of Marvin Gaye's "Purple Snowflakes," Sech's new original song, "Carta Navideña," George Ezra's "Come on Home for Christmas," and much more. Today, Swift's "Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version) (Amazon Original)" arrives on the global playlist "Merry Mix," which features all new Amazon Original songs for the season, in addition to iconic holiday classics.
For a limited time, customers who haven't yet tried Amazon Music Unlimited can get three months free—with unlimited access to millions of songs, ad-free, in the highest-quality streaming audio and millions of podcast episodes.
About Amazon Music
Amazon Music reimagines music listening by enabling customers to unlock millions of songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with their voice. Amazon Music provides unlimited access to new releases and classic hits across iOS and Android mobile devices, PC, Mac, Echo, and Alexa-enabled devices including Fire TV and more. With Amazon Music, Prime members have access to ad-free listening of 2 million songs at no additional cost to their membership. Listeners can also enjoy the premium subscription service, Amazon Music Unlimited, which provides access to millions of songs and the latest new releases. Amazon Music Unlimited customers also now have access to the highest-quality listening experience available, with millions of songs available in High Definition (HD), more than 7 million songs in Ultra HD, and a growing catalog of spatial audio. Customers also have free access to an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations on Amazon Music. All Amazon Music tiers now offer a wide selection of podcasts at no additional cost, and live streaming in partnership with Twitch. Engaging with music and culture has never been more natural, simple, and fun. For more information, visit amazonmusic.com or download the Amazon Music app.
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Best Cyber Monday Deals 2021 UK: Today's Top Offers
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Which is the best music streaming service?
Music streaming is on the rise: in 2015 in the UK fans played 26.8bn songs on audio-streaming services alone, with another 26.9bn streams of music videos on services like YouTube.
There are a cluster of services competing for our time and cash. But which is the best for your listening habits? We’ve compared five of the best known on-demand music-streaming services.
Some features are standard: catalogues of 30m-40m tracks (except Amazon Prime Music); themed playlists created by in-house teams of tastemakers; and the ability to store tracks on your mobile devices for offline listening.
But what other features tip the balance? Read on for our comparison, as well as a summary of some of the other contenders worth trying.
Price: Free or £9.99 a month
It’s perhaps no surprise that Spotify is the most well-rounded streaming service: it launched in 2008 and has been steadily improving since then. Many of the new features added in the last year or two have focused on helping you discover music.
Playlists are key to that: Spotify has a wide range that are updated with new songs every week, but it also has a deep catalogue of playlists created by outsiders: labels, media, musicians and fans. Follow a few, and you’ll have a regular supply of new tunes.
Every Spotify user gets their own Discover Weekly playlist too, updated every Monday with 30 new songs that its recommendation algorithms think you’ll like, based on your own tastes and those of people like you. It’s an excellent idea.
On mobile, Spotify’s Now feature suggests playlists based on your habits and the current time of day, while its Running mode will play you tracks that match your jogging pace.
It has added audio and video podcasts as well as YouTube-style short-form video shows recently, although the jury is out on whether people want to watch Spotify as well as listen to it.
Spotify has better social features than its rivals, with the ability to add friends and see their playlists and listening, as well as a built-in messaging system to ping music back and forth. Creating and sharing your own playlists is easy too.
Another strength is the system for following musicians’ profiles and getting notifications when they have new music out. A recently introduced Concerts feed shows you upcoming, nearby gigs by artists you’ve listened to, which is useful.
It has good support for devices beyond the desktop and mobile: it’s available on Sony’s PlayStation 4, Sonos hi-fis and through Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV, while its mobile app plays nicely with Apple TV too.
Spotify’s free tier has audio advertising, but is missing offline listening and – on mobile – the ability to pick tracks on-demand, although you can play an artist’s catalogue on shuffle mode. Pay £9.99 a month, and you get full access (including offline), no ads, and a higher-quality streams option.
Where Spotify falls down is its family plan, which is more expensive than rivals. You can add up to four extra accounts for £4.99 each, but that means you’ll pay £29.95 a month for a family of five compared to Apple Music and Google Play’s £14.99 for six.
Verdict: the best of the bunch for now, especially for music discovery, with new features being added at a rapid pace.
Price: £9.99 a month
Apple Music launched with great expectations in the summer of amazon music uk, but early gremlins involving people’s iTunes collections and unflattering comparisons with Spotify drew criticism.
Even so, Apple raced to 10 million paying subscribers six months after launch – a milestone it took Spotify nearly six years to reach – so Apple Music is catching on. It’s also much better than its harsher critics claim.
Its programmed playlists are a strength, with a deep collection of playlists from Apple’s own staff and guest curators that mines some refreshingly-unusual niches. The introductions to specific bands’ back catalogues are particularly good.
The more you use Apple Music, the more it gets to know your tastes, serving up album and playlist suggestions in its For You section with relatively few clunking-great misfires. The way it integrates your existing iTunes collection, now that the early bugs have been fixed, is good too.
Live radio station Beats 1 may not be a massive revelation to Brits used to the BBC’s specialist radio output – it’s part Radio 1’s evening shows and part 6Music – but elsewhere in the world this has been a breath of fresh air. Shows helmed by artists like Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Dr Dre and Q-Tip are well worth tuning in to – and more so now that you can access them on-demand, which you couldn’t at launch.
Another unique feature, Apple Music Connect, remains a misfire. It could be brilliant: a mix of Twitter, Instagram and SoundCloud where musicians post exclusive stuff including raw demos. Few are using it to that extent yet, though.
Dedicated iTunes haters won’t enjoy Apple Music’s interface, but navigating your way around isn’t too hard, even if creating playlists is a pain. It’s less social than Spotify too: there’s very little sense of what your friends are listening to.
Apple was early on to the family plan idea: pay £14.99 a month and you can have up to six people on your account. Needless to say, Apple Music works well on Apple TV, its recent launch on Sonos was welcome, and contrary to expectations, its Android app is pretty slick too.
Verdict: room to improve, but for heavy iTunes users firmly embedded in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s made a good start.
Google Play Music
Price: £9.99 a month
Google’s biggest music-streaming service is YouTube, but its audio-only Google Play Music is building its own following.
The service has a neat, stripped-down design: plenty of white space in contrast to Spotify’s darker design. Searching artists, albums and tracks is easy, as is creating your own playlists.
There’s a good introduction feature that asks you for your favourite genres and artists, which will help tune Google Play’s recommendations for playlists, albums and radio-style stations. The playlists and stations are good, based – like those on rivals – around specific genres, themes and activities.
Google Play mirrors Spotify’s Now feature in the way it will suggest playlists for the current time of day: a Thursday afternoon might throw up Sitting In A Coffee Shop, Focusing While You Work and Boosting Your Energy as themes, for example. Pick one, and you’ll be asked for a genre, and then given a choice of three suitable playlists.
Like Apple Music, Google Play’s stations can be surprisingly specific: Ambient Scandinavian Stargazing, Sad Rappers and Girl Hold My Earrings – the latter specifically for women spoiling for a fight after someone has stolen their man. Contrary to what you might expect of Google, there’s a very human touch to all this.
More stereotypical is the lack of many social features beyond the ability to share your playlists on social networks. As with Apple Music, what your friends are listening to and recommending is something you’ll have to find elsewhere.
For anyone using Google’s cloud-music storage service, Google Play Music works seamlessly with that: you can upload your downloads collection – most easily by dragging and dropping it in the Chrome web browser – with space for up to 50k songs.
A nice touch is the way it pulls in music videos from YouTube: for example, when you’re listening to an album, it suggests the videos from its tracks.
In the UK, after its three-month free trial, Google Play Music costs £9.99 a month, although in the US it has a free tier focusing on the radio-style stations, which may launch elsewhere in the world soon. Its £14.99-for-six-people family plan matches Apple’s, and is available in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the US.
Verdict: neat design and some characterful playlists to discover, although it could be more social.
Price: Free - £9.99 a month
Until Apple Music’s 10m milestone, Deezer was the second biggest on-demand streaming service. It’s the amazon music uk with the widest global reach, and has signed up many of its users through deals with mobile operators bundling it into mobile contracts.
Deezer does all the basics well, and has improved on the recommendations side, albeit not as rapidly as Spotify. The service promotes playlists from its own editors, outside labels and other curators, organising them by genre.
Its Mixes feature is useful too, blending the songs you like with its own recommendations. These radio-style stations are based on genres and themes, like its rivals: Happy Hour, Sad Songs and Cosy Fireplace among more standard themes.
If you prefer simply hitting the play button and sitting back, Deezer’s Flow feature is welcome: a mix tuned to your tastes based on the songs and artists that you’ve favourited, which learns from the tracks you mark as liked or unliked while it plays. It’s less of a pipeline for brand new music than Spotify’s Discover Weekly, but more about a flow of familiar tracks and artists.
Deezer works on Sonos and Chromecast, and will play through your Apple TV from its iOS app too. If it has a unique selling point in 2016, it might be its push into non-music content.
It has a good collection of news and entertainment podcasts, for example, and has even moved into football – the first music-streaming service to amazon music uk so. In the UK, Germany and 14 other countries, you can listen to live match commentary provided by radio partners like TalkSport.
Football is one of the “apps” available through Deezer – essentially sub-sections of its website created by other developers – including music-discovery startups and some artists (David Guetta for instance). They’re usually another route into playlists.
Deezer recently launched a family plan in France matching Apple’s: €14.99 a month for up to six people. It’s launching elsewhere in the coming months. For Sonos owners, meanwhile, there’s the Deezer Elite hi-res version – the equivalent would be Tidal’s HiFi tier – for better audio quality.
Verdict: worth a look, but has some catching up to do with Spotify on features.
Amazon Prime Music
Prime Music isn’t a standalone streaming service. Instead, it’s part of Amazon’s £79-a-year Prime membership scheme, along with the Prime Video TV and film-streaming service, one-day delivery on products you buy on Amazon, and the Kindle e-book lending library.
Prime Music also stands apart from rivals in other ways. Its catalogue is much smaller for example: around 1.4m tracks rather than the 30m+ elsewhere. When searching for the latest albums from artists you like, you’ll often end up being pointed towards Amazon’s MP3 store to buy instead.
Amazon, however, isn’t going after the same kind of music fans as Spotify, Apple Music and the rest. Prime Music is pitched at an even more mainstream audience: people who’ll be as happy listening to an 80s Rock Anthems, Acoustic Commute or Whitney Houston’s Top Songs playlist as they are searching for specific music.
These curated selections are divided into Stations and Playlists, with the former based on specific genres and artists, with the latter adding in activities and moods too: the idea being to supply a stream of music to accompany what you’re doing right now.
One of Prime Music’s advantages is that it integrates everything you’ve ever bought from Amazon, including digital downloads but also CDs and vinyl if they fall under its AutoRip feature. Prime also sits alongside Amazon’s existing Amazon Music service, where you can store your downloads collection.
Although you can create your own playlists, the focus is more on adding songs and albums to your library – it’s a traditional-style music collection at heart. Amazon also commissions the odd exclusive, such as its Indie for the Holidays Christmas compilation, and a pair of children’s albums.
Amazon’s stations and playlists – if not its exclusives – are mirrored on the other streaming services, so keen music fans will likely go elsewhere. But this is an accessible option for everyone else, particularly if they already have a Prime membership.
Verdict: limited compared to standalone rivals, but knows its audience well.
Also worth a listen
Tidal is now co-owned by a starry group of artists, and is trying to make headway against its richer rivals. The odd exclusive from Prince and Rihanna aside, its main appeal is its higher-resolution tier – good for audiophiles.
Napster’s illegal days are long behind it: now twinned with US streaming service Rhapsody, the pair have 3m subscribers around the world, providing a decent alternative to Deezer in the middle-class of the streaming world.
SoundCloud remains free for now, with plans to launch a subscription tier later this year. It’s a hotbed of remixes, mash-ups and raw demos from artists and DJs, are the chicago public schools open today of which aren’t available on the other streaming services.
8tracks amazon music uk Mixcloud focus more on playlists and mixes, with the latter adding in spoken-word radio shows too.
Bandcamp made its name as a platform for independent artists to sell music directly to fans. It’s still that, but its app also enables you to stream all the music you’ve bought: a great way to support the indie artists you love.
YouTube is the world’s biggest music-streaming service by far, from music videos alone. In the US, it’s already launched the subscription-based YouTube Red, which bundles in a Google Play Music subscription.
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The best tips and tricks for Amazon Music Unlimited
Amazon Music Berks county pa employment opportunities is the tech giant’s version of Spotify: a catalog of more than 50 million songs available to stream on demand, for one flat monthly fee. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, that fee is $8 a month, but if you’re not, it’ll cost you $10 per month.
To help you get the most out of Amazon’s music service, we’ve collected our favorite tips and tricks below. So whether you want to send tunes to an Amazon Echo or build playlists more easily, make sure you commit these tips to memory.
1. Sing (or read) along
One of the best features of Amazon Bank of america workday Unlimited is the way you can get the lyrics of many songs up on screen. It’s perfect for sing-a-long sessions, or even just to work out what a particular singer is mumbling. The lyrics automatically move along with the music in real time.
This feature isn’t easy to spot in the desktop apps, so if you want to see them, click on the little Lyrics button to the right of the name of the track that’s currently playing. It’s easier on mobile, where you can tap the double line above the playback bar. If you can’t see the lyrics option, it’s not available for the song you’re listening to.
2. Reduce data usage
The mobile apps for Amazon Music Unlimited let you choose the audio quality of your tunes when streaming over a cellular connection, so you can either cut down on data use at the expense of your ears, or ramp up the audio fidelity if you know your data plan can take the strain.
If you’re using an Android device, tap the cog icon, then Mobile networks stream quality, but if you’re on iOS, hit the three-dot menu button, then Settings and Streaming Audio Quality to make your choice. Of course, you could also just sync playlists ahead of time over Wi-Fi before you leave the house, so you won’t have to use data on the go.
3. Keep your music for good
Amazon sells MP3s as well as streaming music packages, a feature few other streaming services offer. You can’t access the digital store directly from iOS, but there’s a way in on Android: tap the three-dot menu button in the top right, then select Shop for…. If you’re on a desktop app, just follow the Store link at the top of the screen.
Any purchases you make will be added to the My Music tabs available in the desktop and mobile apps, and these songs will stick around even if you cancel your Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. It’s an option to consider if you like your digital music a little more permanent.
4. Ask Alexa to name that song
If you have an Echo or another Alexa-enabled device in your home, it can do some neat tricks with Amazon Music Unlimited. One of these is the ability to identify a song from a line or two of lyrics (don’t worry, you don’t have to sing them if you don’t want to).
Just say, “Hey Alexa, what’s the song that goes…” and say as many of the lyrics as you remember. If it can be found, Alexa will respond with the name of the song and its artist, then start playing it back to you.
5. Ask Alexa for some recommendations
If you’re tired of listening to your existing library of tunes, you can ask Amazon’s digital assistant for some new ones. If you’ve set up an Alexa-enabled device on the same Amazon account as your Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, it all works automatically.
Try saying, “Hey Alexa, play music like…” followed by the name of an artist you’re particularly fond of. You won’t hear their songs, but you will hear music by similar artists, and you might end up making a serendipitous new discovery.
6. Beam music to an Echo
Using your voice to control playback isn’t always the easiest way to crank out the tunes, but you can use the Amazon Music Unlimited apps to beam music to an Echo speaker from Android and iOS. You get the extra audio quality of music played through a speaker, with the convenience of controlling playback via your phone.
From the “now playing” screen on Android or iOS, tap the “cast” button, which is a rectangle with two lines in one corner that looks a lot like the Google Chromecast symbol. If you’ve got an Echo on your home network somewhere, it’ll appear—just tap the device to connect. The list of available gadgets will also include any Chromecast or AirPlay devices visible on the local network.
7. Fall asleep to your music
If you want to be able to doze off to the soft tones of Belle & Sebastian, the dreamy compositions of Sigur Rós, or anything else, it’s possible. Simply install the Amazon Music Unlimited app for Android or iOS on your phone, and pick the playlist or track you’d like to fall asleep to.
On Android, you’ll need to tap the cog icon in the top left of the Browse tab, then choose Sleep Timer. On iOS, head to the Browse tab, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner, then pick Settings and Sleep Timer. Choose a delay of 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes, and when that timer runs out, your phone will pause playback.
8. Share your music
Don’t neglect the useful sharing options included with the Amazon Music Unlimited apps—they give you a host of ways to share your taste in music amazon music uk friends and family. On the “now playing” screen on the desktop, click the three dots in the bottom right, then Share Song. You can send music via Twitter, Facebook, or email, or paste the generated link somewhere else (like an instant messaging conversation). The process varies slightly between Android and iOS, but not by much.
9. Make use of drag and drop
Finally, we want amazon music uk highlight the intuitive way you can queue up songs in the desktop apps for Windows and macOS, which you can download here. This trick doesn’t work in the mobile apps or in the online Amazon Music Unlimited player, though.
From anywhere on the interface—an album listing, search result, playlist mix, anything—you can drag tracks to the right and drop them on the Play Next button (which will do exactly that) or the Add to Queue button (to play them after all the currently listed songs). It’s a quick and easy way to keep the music going.
Amazon protests: 31 arrested as Extinction Rebellion targets retailer
More than 30 people have been arrested after climate change activists blocked UK Amazon warehouses on Black Friday, the retailer's busiest day of the year.
Extinction Rebellion targeted 13 UK sites, including the retail giant's largest distribution centre in Dunfermline, Fife.
It said it was to draw attention to alleged exploitation of Amazon workers and wasteful business practices.
Amazon said it took its "responsibilities very seriously".
The campaign group said blocked multiple entrances using bamboo structures, lock-ons, and banners and had planned to stay for at least 48 hours.
However, a number of the blockades were cleared by mid-afternoon.
The demonstrations started at 04:00 GMT at the Dunfermline warehouse, where about 20 activists stopped lorries entering the site and some from leaving.
The group also targeted sites in Doncaster; Darlington; Gateshead; Altrincham, Greater Manchester; Peterborough; East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire; Coventry; Rugeley, Staffordshire; Dartford, Kent; Bristol; Tilbury, Essex; and at Ridgmont, close to junction 13 of the M1 in Bedfordshire.
A spokesman said: "The action is intended to draw attention to Amazon's exploitative and environmentally destructive business practices, disregard for workers' rights in the name of company profits, as well as the wastefulness of Black Friday."
Among those affected by the blockade was haulage firm J R Dixon, based in Workington, Cumbria, which said one its drivers was unable to leave the depot in Tilbury.
Phil Clarke, from the firm, said it meant the driver may not be able to get to Warrington for deliveries, or get home for the weekend.
"The knock-on effect of these protests is harming businesses and people's private lives," he said.
Protesters at Rugeley said it was "non-violent action" and there were about eight people on a bamboo structure, two on top and six on the concrete structure at the bottom.
Alice Martin, part of the group, said they wanted to highlight Amazon's use of "loopholes" to avoid tax and its destruction of unsold products, including electronic items.
"We also have witnesses and people working inside that have been reporting workers being exploited, being on difficult shifts for long hours with low wages, so that is all the things we want to highlight today," she said.
Nathan McGovern, 22, at the blockade in Coventry, said he and fellow protesters were "disrupting and stopping any lorries from exiting and entering this facility".
"We are doing this because of Amazon's complicity and contribution to the climate crisis," he said.
He said they were hoping to stay for 48 hours but it was up to individuals if they wanted to stay for that entire time.
In Darlington, an unnamed protester said they were aware they had "upset quite a few people today" but they had lobbied their MPs and had "tried using usual avenues and nothing is changing".
Extinction Rebellion said the blockade was part of an international action that would also target Amazon fulfilment centres in the US, Germany and the Netherlands.
The group's spokeswoman at the Dunfermline blockade, Meg Paton-Jones, said: "The police have one van on site and they are watching us.
"We started here at about 04:00 GMT but are not blocking the employees' car park so the night shift can leave.
"We have good vibes and music."
An Amazon spokesman said: "We take our responsibilities very seriously.
"That includes our commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040 - 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement - providing excellent pay and benefits in a safe and modern work environment, and supporting amazon usa online tens of thousands of British small businesses who sell on our store.
"We know there is always more to do, and we'll continue to invent and invest on behalf of our employees, customers, small businesses and communities in the UK."
Essex Police said 17 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass following the protests at Windrush Road, Tilbury.
Greater Manchester Police arrested two men and two women on suspicion of public nuisance at the protest in Altrincham.
While five people were arrested by Kent Police on suspicion of aggravated trespass after the demonstration at the Littlebrook Business Centre in Dartford.
Four people were arrested by Durham Police following a demonstration outside the Amazon depot in Darlington.
Police Scotland said one person, who was not a protester, was charged under the Road Traffic Act in relation to the protest in Dunfermline.
The force said officers left the scene there at about 16:45.
Amazon's warehouse in Bristol reopened by 14:00 and police were also called to protests at Coventry and Ridgmont.
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Which are the best music streaming services for classical music lovers?
TIDAL, Pandora, Idagio, Deezer… they might sound like fabric softeners but they are in fact just a handful of the rising number of music streaming platforms and services to be courting our attention (and our cash). Some offer all kinds of music, others are specifically classical. But which should you be checking out? Here’s our guide…
Which are the best music streaming platforms for all tastes?
If you have broad tastes and only want to stump up for a single music streaming service, there’s plenty of choice. The music on offer, sound quality and costs are pretty much the same…
Cost: Free or £9.99 per month (Premium)
Probably the most familiar name in the streaming arena, Sweden-based Spotify is a one-stop space for all the music you can think of. You can even enjoy it for free, if you’re prepared to have adverts interrupt your listening. The offering is very broad and the search function is much improved, so if you know what you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it quickly.
Cost: Free or EUR 9.99 per month (Premium)
France’s answer to Spotify, Deezer offers both free and premium services. It’s easy to set up and the layout is perhaps a little cleaner and less fussy than Spotify. You can easily tailor the selection to your tastes and, like the other big players, the classical offering amazon music uk broad. Major labels are all accounted for and new releases easy to find.
Cost: Free or £9.99 per month (Premium)
Google’s take on music streaming, with an emphasis on playlists and mood. But there’s no need to be put off by it’s millennial vibe or, indeed, its rather no-frills appearance. The search functionality is as intuitive as Spotify’s, and the offering just as broad. Type in ‘Beethoven’ and you’ll be met with playlists and essentials, but if you know who or what you want to find, it’ll find it – even if you spell it wrong.
Cost: £9.99 per month
Not to be confused with iTunes (Apple’s music management software), Apple Music is pretty much the go-to for Apple afficionados. Like Spotify and Deezer, it offers a huge amount of music, playlists and podcasts. The search function is a little less intuitive than Spotify’s, so you absolutely have to spell everything correctly. The way albums are listed or attributed can be a little haphazard, too. If you’re searching by composer, it’s likely you won’t see everything by that composer if the album or track is attributed to an orchestra or soloist.
Amazon Music Unlimited
Cost: £9.99 per month (£7.99 for Amazon Prime members)
Like Apple, Amazon has been offering a digital music platform for years and today it offers varying levels of service. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime (which, for a monthly cost, gives you access to on-demand film and TV shows, plus free delivery on Amazon shopping) you can also get Prime Music. This is a scaled-down service, with ads. If you want much more choice, and no ads, there’s Amazon Music Unlimited. Much like Spotify and Apple Music, it offers a broad range of genres.
Cost: Free or $4.99 (Plus), $9.99 (Premium)
Currently only available in the US, Pandora offers three packages. The free radio player works much like Spotify, with the paid-for versions removing ads and (in the case of Premium) allowing unlimited offline listening (essentially what Apple Music allows, ie. downloading albums/tracks/playlists onto your device). It’s being sold as an intuitive service, which will suggest listening based on traits and habits it recognises… so a bit like Netflix? ‘You may also like…’
Which music streaming platforms give you the best sound and hi-resolution audio?
If you’re a rather more discerning audiophile and the highest-quality listening experience matters – we’re picturing you in your padded ‘listening room’, or in your favourite chair wearing a VERY expensive set of headphones – then here are some platforms that offer broad choice and super sound.
Cost: from £9.99 per month
Okay, so TIDAL is actually just like the main players when it comes to the offering, choice and experience on the whole. However, it offers three levels of audio quality experience: Standard (AAC, like Apple and alike), HiFi (CD quality) and Master (Hi-Res). Of course, the better the quality, the more you pay per month – £19.99 for the ‘Master’ subscription.
Cost: from £14.99 per month
Another French platform, Qobuz sets itself apart by only offering high-resolution audio – hence the higher cost. Like the other platforms it’s a multi-genre service, plus it creates its 360 money market capital one rate editorial content. It also offers hi-resolution downloads, which subscribers can access at a discounted rate if they sign up for the ‘Studio Sublime’ package (£20.83 per month)… But why would you feel the need to do that, if you can access great quality streams for less money?
Which are the best streaming platforms for classical music?
So, you only want to listen to classical music? And you want that music to be of fantastic audio quality? Well there are at least two platforms you need to know about…
Cost: from £9.99 per month (Premium)
This service sells itself as having ‘the definitive catalogue’, and the offer is really broad, with new titles being added all the time, from labels big and small. There’s no free option, beyond a 14-day trial, but for £9.99 you get access to everything there is, with mp3 sound quality. If you want to stump up £14.99 per month, you get the same content but in hi-resolution audio. The search functionality is top-notch and, like Idagio (below), it’s designed for the needs of the classical listener. Also it offers additional materials, like album booklets, educational and artist podcasts. Great value for money.
Cost: Free or EUR 9.99 per month (Premium+)
This service takes the Spotify/Deezer/YouTube model, but focuses totally on classical music. So, for free – but with ads – you can search, play and build a listening library that takes full advantage of Idagio’s expertly curated selection. When you part with your cash each month, you get access to higher (CD/lossless) quality audio, no ads, offline play and better mobile connectivity. Very much worth a look if classical is all you listen to, but if you want a little extra detail, such as booklets, podcasts and alike, this isn’t currently for you.
About Michael Beek
Michael is the Reviews Editor of BBC Music Magazine. He joined the team in May 2018, following ten years as a freelance film music journalist and fifteen years at St George’s Bristol – where he was everything from Box Office Supervisor to the venue’s Content & Engagement Manager.
Michael specialises in film and television music and was the Editor of Music from the Movies.com. He has written for the BBC Proms, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood in Vienna and Silva Screen Records. Also a presenter, Michael has hosted concerts and live events for Bristol Film Festival and St George’s Bristol, plus Debbie Wiseman’s ‘Music and Words from Wolf Hall’ at venues across the UK.