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What is the best platform for streaming music? Show more Show less
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In recent years, music streaming platforms have become the most common way of listening to music. Gone are the days of records, tapes, CDs, or even shady downloaded mp3s from Limewire. Now, music streaming platforms are worth billions of dollars. But which one deserves your monthly subscription fee?

Apple Music is the best streaming service Show more Show less

With over 60 million songs, you'll be sure to find music from the artists you love and from artists you have yet to discover. Apple Music is known for its exclusive content and its unique integration with iTunes, allowing for prime accessibility on all Apple products.
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Apple Music is the best music streaming service because it can integrate with Macbooks

Apple Music's integration with iTunes means that you can upload all your own music (including CDs and other purchases) to enjoy your own music along with Apple's catalog. Apple Music also integrates with the entire iOS ecosystem.

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iTunes was integrated into all Apple products for the better part of 18 years; music-lovers that still listened to their playlists from 2005 and who had amassed a collection of thousands of songs feared that all of this data might be erased after Apple revealed in 2019 that iTunes would be discontinued[1]. However, its replacement promised a seamless transition that allowed Apple users to keep all of their previously downloaded songs, playlists, MP3's, ripped CD's, etc[1]. Access to that content is not possible for those that had switched to Spotify, YouTube Music, or any other streaming service. The availability of the iCloud Music Library feature allows users to sync their entire Apple Music catalog to any other device signed in with the same Apple ID[2]. Apple Music works on all Apple devices including, but not limited to, CarPlay, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. It also runs on devices that are not made by Apple, such as PC, Android, and Amazon Echo[3]. While other streaming services also work on various devices and interfaces, they do not offer full integration within Apple's entire ecosystem.

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If you are an Apple user, the integrated ecosystem is a very strong plus. However, for those who do not own Apple devices (or only have a couple), there is a lot of wasted potentials. And while Apple Music is indeed available on non-Apple devices, Android and PC users have complained about the lesser quality and difficulty it takes to run the app on their respective devices[4][5]. PC users oftentimes have to resort to using unofficial web players such as Musish[6], which lack certain features that the official Apple Music program has.



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