Spotify, Deezer, YouTube Music…: what is the best music streaming service?

You hesitate between Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music? Wondering what are the interests of Qobuz, YouTube Music or Tidal? We take stock of the benefits of each music streaming service to help you choose.

Les meilleures applications de streaming musical

The best music streaming apps // Source: Frandroid

For more than ten years, music streaming services have multiplied. If French users have known Deezer and Spotify since 2007 and 2010, other services have since appeared, whether they are those of web giants, such as Apple Music, YouTube Music or Amazon Music, or resolutely oriented services. towards audiophiles like Tidal or Qobuz.

But among these many offers, which is the most interesting? What are the catalogs of each service, the price of the subscription, the audio quality offered, the compatible platforms or simply the price of each offer? This is what we will see together, in order to determine what is the best music streaming offer.

The catalog of streaming platforms

The various music streaming services have understood this well: the catalog is the sinews of war. Logical, therefore, that everyone communicates on the number of millions of titles available with their subscription. And in this little game, the different services are playing the big muscles.

Platform Catalog size
Amazon Music 70 million tracks
Apple Music 70 million tracks
Deezer 56 million titles
Qobuz Over 60 million titles
Spotify Over 60 million tracks
Tidal Over 70 million
YouTube Music No figures given

On paper, all of the major music streaming platforms therefore boast of having between 56 and more than 70 million titles in their catalog. While Frenchman Deezer is the one to announce the lowest number, against Tidal’s “ more than 70 million “, this number is not necessarily representative.

It must be said that the quality of the catalog is not just about the number of titles offered and the number of artists signed, but rather the presence – or absence – of the titles you want to listen to. To assess this more subjective criterion, we tried out an exercise. Seven members of the editorial staff proposed a list of ten tracks. If the title was present – on the right album – on a platform, it was awarded a point. If he’s missing, it’s zero points. If it’s present, but only on a compilation, single, or best of, but not the requested album – or no album in the case of YouTube Music – it gets half a point.

With this protocol, the most representative possible, we arrive at this result:

Platform Number of titles found Percentage of relevance
Amazon Music 65/70 92.86%
Apple Music 63.5 / 70 90.71%
Deezer 61.5 / 70 87.86%
Qobuz 56.5 / 70 80.71%
Spotify 65/70 92.86%
Tidal 61/70 87.14%
YouTube Music 65.5 / 70 93.57%

The detailed results, as of 12/15/2020, can be found here .

As we can see, all the platforms achieve roughly similar results, close to 90% relevance. This makes sense, since labels generally sign with all platforms, or even go through automated services to do it for them. This is why when an artist like Ghinzu is absent from one or more platforms, there is a good chance that he will be absent from all of them.

YouTube Music clearly stands out

Qobuz, however, is lagging far behind its competitors , when Amazon Music and Spotify are tied for second place. The first, YouTube Music clearly stands out in that with the exception of one track, all the others are available in one way or another, although they are not necessarily associated with their album.

YouTube Music vous donne accès à des vidéos pour des titres absents du catalogue

YouTube Music gives you access to videos for titles not in the catalog // Source: Frandroid

Yet, as we have seen, YouTube Music does not announce any catalog numbers, and that makes sense. Unlike Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music, YouTube Music relies on content already posted on its platform . We will therefore find titles from the official pages of artists signed by YouTube Music, but also songs captured by Internet users in concert or uploaded by themselves. Therefore, YouTube Music does not need to advertise a number of titles in its catalog: virtually all the songs in the world can be found there, provided they have been uploaded by Internet users.

On this point, the comparison is therefore final and it is largely YouTube Music that wins the round .

How much do music streaming platforms cost?

In terms of price, paid subscriptions can go from simple to double from one platform to another. It is also not always easy to know the advantages of everyone’s premium subscriptions or to know the advantage of the paid model over the free model.

Trial offers and free offers

Once again, on this point, tables are therefore better than a thousand words:

Platform Trial offer and free offer
Amazon Music 3 month trial, free offer with advertising limited to the best playlists
Apple Music 3 month trial, no free plan
Deezer 3 month trial, free offer with advertising, shuffle play and no offline mode
Qobuz 1 month trial, no free offer
Spotify 3 month trial, free offer with advertising and without offline mode
Tidal 1 month trial, no free offer
YouTube Music 4 month trial, free offer with advertising, no offline mode and no background playback

The seven selected services therefore offer a trial offer, ranging from one to three months. Useful to give a precise idea of ​​the offer and the features offered on each platform before you start to pay a single dollar.

In addition to these time-limited trial offers, some services also have free, unlimited offers. This is the case with Amazon, Deezer, Spotify and YouTube Music, but neither Apple Music, nor Qobuz, nor Tidal. In any case, these free offers are financed by advertising. They generally do not allow offline downloads and may be restricted in use, such as YouTube Music, which does not allow you to listen to songs in the background on your smartphone.

Amazon, Deezer, Spotify and YouTube Music stand out

Overall, when it comes to trial or free use, it is mainly Amazon, Deezer, Spotify and YouTube Music that stand out . The last, thanks to the four months of testing, the other two because they allow you to enjoy music on your smartphone, even when running in the background.

Premium, HD, HiFi, Studio Premier offers…

When looking at the paid offers of different services, it can be dizzy. It must be said that some platforms are not satisfied with one, but with two or even three subscription offers. In addition to the differences in terms of payment – monthly or annual, with or without commitment – these different offers may have implications on the functionalities available or on the quality of the titles offered:

  • Amazon Music: integrated with Amazon Prime, 9.99 euros or 14.99 euros per month
  • Apple Music: 9.99 euros per month
  • Deezer: 9.99 euros or 14.99 euros per month
  • Qobuz: 19.99 euros per month or 249.99 euros per year
  • Spotify: 9.99 euros per month
  • Tidal: 9.99 euros or 19.99 euros per month
  • YouTube Music: 9.99 euros per month

We have chosen here, for reasons of understanding, to select only personal subscriptions. Note however that Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer also offer family offers or for a couple, sometimes with additional functions such as family playlists or parental controls. It is often also possible to subscribe to a student offer at a lower price, generally at 4.99 euros per month. However, with the exception of Qobuz, all platforms offer a first price of 9.99 euros per month, which can however go up to 14.99 or 19.99 euros per month in HD, HiFi or Studio Premier offers.

At Amazon, four offers coexist: Amazon Music Free, Amazon Music Prime, Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Music HD.

Amazon Music Prime Amazon Music Unlimited Amazon Music HD
Price Included in Amazon Prime subscription 9.99 euros per month 14.99 euros per month
Catalog more than 2 million titles more than 60 million titles more than 60 million titles
Quality SD SD HD

The differences are thus played out on the size of the catalog to go from the Amazon Music Prime offer, included in the Amazon Prime subscription, to the Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. The Amazon Music HD package is justified mainly by the presence of high definition title.

On the Qobuz side, this time two offers coexist: Qobuz Studio Premier and Qobuz Studio Sublime:

Qobuz Studio Premier Qobuz Studio Sublime
Price 179.99 euros per year or 19.99 euros per month 249.99 euros per year or 20.83 euros per month
Catalog Over 60 million titles Over 60 million titles
Quality Studio quality (24-bit FLAC up to 192 kHz) Studio quality (24-bit FLAC up to 192 kHz)
Reduced rates for purchases No Yes

The catalog and the quality are both identical here. Logical, since the sound quality is the main point put forward by Qobuz compared to the competition. The distinction between the two offers therefore depends on the preferential rates offered thanks to the “sublime” subscription when purchasing music in Hi-Res.

At Tidal, this time we will find two separate paid offers, Tidal Premium and Tidal HiFi:

Tidal Premium Tidal HiFi
Price 9.99 euros per month 19.99 euros per month
Catalog More than 70 million titles More than 70 million titles
Quality Premium sound quality HiFi and Masters sound quality

As at Amazon, the distinction between the two offers is made only on the sound quality offered, with a sound capped at “premium” for the subscription at 10 euros per month and a HiFi or Masters sound for the version at 20 euros.

Finally, Deezer also offers two paid offers – not counting the family package – Deezer Premium and Deezer HiFi:

Deezer Premium Deezer HiFi
Price 9.99 euros per month or 99.90 euros per year 14.99 euros per month
Catalog 56 million titles 56 million titles
Quality MP3 320 kbps, compressed, high quality 16-bit FLAC, 1411 kbps, lossless, CD quality

Here too, it’s the quality of the songs that will allow you to choose between one subscription and the other. Regarding the detail of this audio quality, we will come back to it later, in the dedicated part.

Overall, to enjoy a streaming service without paying attention to sound quality, all are the same. For the lossless versions of the songs, Deezer and Amazon Music have the advantage of offering a HiFi or HD version starting at 14.99 euros per month , against 19.99 euros per month for their competitors, Tidal and Qobuz.

Platforms, connected speakers and number of connected devices

That’s good, you signed up for the offer that looked the most interesting on paper, so now’s the time to install your streaming software for use on your Android smartphone or iPhone. No problem. And then why not take the opportunity to listen to music on your Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker. Ah, it’s starting to block. And if you also plan to enjoy your music on the PlayStation 5 , it is immediately more limiting.

Not all streaming platforms are compatible with all media. While you can sometimes get away with third-party apps or hack, the easiest way is to take advantage of the app offered by the streaming service itself. And in this little game, not everyone is in the same boat:

La compatibilité des services avec les différentes plateformes

Compatibility of services with different platforms // source: Frandroid

On this criterion, Spotify largely wins the round , since the Swedish service is compatible with almost all platforms, including PlayStation consoles where it is in a monopoly. The only compatibility missing is that of Apple HomeKit, since Spotify cannot be used on HomePod speakers yet. Nevertheless, the American manufacturer has announced in recent months an opening of HomePods and, after Pandora across the Atlantic, we would not be surprised to see Spotify landing on Apple speakers.

The only points common to all platforms are the iOS, web and Android versions, since all of them offer a website or an application to listen to your music. On the side of YouTube Music, on the other hand, we come to the last position on this criterion. It must be said that Google’s service does not even offer applications for PC or Mac, favoring the Web version.

Social functions and collaborative playlists

Listening to music is good. It’s better to share it with friends. In addition to the couple or family offers offered by some, several platforms also offer social features. While some platforms offer compatibility with Last.fm, others go further.

Activity sharing

On Spotify, for example, we can link our account to Facebook to see what our friends are listening to and possibly listen to the same songs as them at the same time. This function also allows you to discover playlists of friends, or see the albums they are listening to. Deezer offers a similar function with a social network aspect that will allow you to discover the albums, artists or playlists most listened to by your followers. The function is however a little more buried, since it requires going to the “favorites” menu of the service, then going to see the followers, where a side panel is available directly on Spotify.

Spotify vous permet de voir ce qu'écoutent vos amis

Spotify lets you see what your friends are listening to

Apple Music also allows you to enjoy social functions, but these are limited to mobile versions, on iOS, iPadOS or Android. This feature will find out who in your contacts uses Apple Music and whether people can follow you automatically, or only after your approval.

For their part, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Tidal and Qobuz do not offer any social function of this type.

Third party applications

Note that these social functions are only of interest if your loved ones use the same music streaming application. If not, you may well allow this function, it will be of little use. So that’s the premium to Spotify, Deezer, or Apple Music, to no lesser extent, and that explains why the other four haven’t launched equivalent services.

Many services use Spotify APIs

The same goes for third party services that may use your listening data to provide certain functions. The more popular music apps, the more beneficial it is for third-party developers to provide such services. This is the reason why many services use Spotify APIs to take stock of your musical tastes, to create collaborative playlist systems or to take quizzes depending on the popularity of a particular artist in the world. In this game, it is by far the Swedish platform that performs the best and if you want to try all of these apps, you might want to subscribe to Spotify .

Collaborative playlists

Finally, the last social aspect, particularly interesting in particular for organizing an evening, is the collaborative playlist. An increasingly widespread function that allows you to create multiple playlists so as not to have to juggle between several titles. And, as usual, in this game not all platforms are in the same boat:

Collaborative playlists
Amazon Music No
Apple Music No
Deezer Yes
Qobuz Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal No
YouTube Music Yes

So we have four platforms that allow you to create collaborative playlists: Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify and YouTube Music . Note, however, that all the others allow you to share the playlist via a link or a share on Twitter or Facebook.

Qobuz vous permet de créer des playlists collaboratives

Qobuz allows you to create collaborative playlists

On social functions, it is therefore largely Spotify that wins the round , whether for activity sharing, third-party applications or collaborative playlists.

Automatic or editorialized recommendations and playlists

When it comes to playlists, it’s not just collaboration or ones you can create manually that matters. It’s good to listen to music, but one of the great things about streaming platforms, not to listen to the same artists over and over, is recommendations.

Algorithmic recommendations

In this area, it is the algorithms of the different platforms that will come into play online. Depending on the titles you have listened to in the past, they will recommend playlists or albums that are supposed to match your musical tastes. Some even take it a step further by offering playlists based on the time of day, your activity, or where you are.

Deezer vous suggère des titres et des playlists adaptées à vos goûts

Deezer suggests titles and playlists to suit your tastes

These recommendations are usually offered right on the service’s home page with selections of new songs, albums, mixes or playlists. Note, however, that Qobuz is the only platform to offer only editorialized playlists, and not based on user listening . Even Apple Music, which does not offer algorithmic playlists on its home, will at least display albums that will interest you to listen more to this or that artist.

Editorialized playlists

Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Tidal, YouTube Music and Qobuz all also feature editorialized playlists, created by real people. These could be the choices of the service’s editorial team – as in the case of Qobuz, Apple Music, Amazon Music or Spotify – or celebrities like Barack Obama and Nick Minaj (Tidal) or U2 or Brian Eno (Deezer).

Tidal propose de nombreuses playlists éditorialisées

Tidal offers many editorialized playlists // Source: Frandroid

When it comes to suggestions and playlists, most platforms therefore play on equal terms, even if Tidal and Deezer have the advantage of also offering certain playlists developed by well-known artists or personalities .

The sound quality of the songs

As we have seen, the audio quality offered by each platform is one of the main criteria put forward by the services, in particular to justify the premium offers or the higher prices of some.

It must be said that not all services use the same file formats, the same encoding or the same bandwidth. Some, like Spotify, even allow audio quality to be changed on smartphones if users want to consume more or less data .

As indicated earlier, Amazon Music HD, Tidal and Deezer thus offer offers with higher quality files. For its part, Qobuz offers, even with the basic subscription at 20 euros per month, files up to 24-bit FLAC at 192 kHz. For other platforms, you should therefore change the listening settings to enjoy the best possible audio quality, whether it is “very high” on Spotify or “always high” on YouTube Music for example.

Basic maximum quality Paid maximum quality
Amazon Music MP3, up to 320 kbps FLAC 24 bit 192 kHz
Apple Music AAC, 256 kbps
Deezer MP3, 320 kbps 16-bit FLAC 44.1 kHz
Qobuz FLAC 24 bits 192 kHz
Spotify Ogg Vorbis, 320 kbps
Tidal AAC, 320 kbps FLAC 24 bits 192 kHz
YouTube Music AAC, 256 kbps

Overall, and this is quite logical, Qobuz is doing the best in terms of audio quality for its base plan. It must be said that it is offered twice that of its competitors, precisely because of the integrated audio quality. Remember that although Qobuz offers a higher Studio Sublime package, it does not change the sound quality.

Les différentes qualités proposées sur Amazon Music

The different qualities offered on Amazon Music

In terms of maximum quality, all prices combined, three players are tied: Amazon Music HD, Qobuz and Tidal HiFi . All three services offer titles up to FLAC encoded in 24 bits at 192 kHz. Deezer, which has a similar offering, is limited to FLAC in CD quality, 16-bit at 44.1 kHz.

Not all songs are available at the maximum quality

Note however that not all songs are available with maximum quality. Even on Qobuz, not all titles are available in 24-bit 192kHz and the platforms usually indicate how good each title is. Playback of these files in very high definition will also depend on your device, as not all computers and smartphones are able to decode such files.

Tidal précise quand l'album est disponible en version master

Tidal specifies when the album is available as a master version

Finally, it is worth emphasizing one point: the quality of listening depends above all on the original file. Not all Flac titles are created equal and, in principle, you could very well end up with a 16-bit 44.1 kHz title that has been re-encoded by a 24-bit 192 kHz platform. This does not necessarily mean that the quality will be better, since if the information was not there originally, there is no chance that it was added during the re-encoding.

This point is all the more valid for YouTube Music. The service offers files up to AAC at 256 kbps, inherited from Google Play Music, but also videos uploaded by Internet users. And on this point, the quality will depend only on the file that was initially offered on the video platform. Note, however, that when the title is available in the catalog of the platform, YouTube Music will always favor the official version to a video uploaded by Internet users.

Offline Download, Add Files, and Off-Catalog Download

If a streaming service’s catalog is small, it might still be worthwhile to use the app to listen to your own songs. Two paths open up:

  • Adding titles to the catalog: to enjoy them from all devices
  • Local track playback: to use the streaming application to listen to tracks stored on the same device

Adding files locally or in the cloud

The first option is still rather rare. However, it is mainly thanks to this that Google Play Music was able to stand out from the competition. The service made it possible to put all his songs online so that they could be found freely on his smartphone or another computer.

  Ajouts de titres au catalogue Lecture de titres locaux
Amazon Music Oui Oui
Apple Music Oui Oui
Deezer Oui Oui
Qobuz Non Oui
Spotify Non Oui
Tidal Non Non
YouTube Music Oui Oui

Cinq plateformes proposent désormais de mettre en ligne ses propres fichiers pour les retrouver n’importe où : Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer et YouTube Music . Néanmoins, la tâche n’est pas toujours aisée, loin de là. Pour Apple Music, il vous faudra nécessairement être abonné à un compte iCloud. Pour Amazon Music, c’est un utilitaire à part, à installer sur votre PC, qui vous permettra d’uploader vos titres. Pour Deezer, l’option est bien cachée, dans les favoris puis dans « mes MP3 ». Enfin, Spotify vous incite à créer une playlist particulière sur ordinateur que vous pourrez télécharger par le suite sur votre smartphone, en étant connecté au même réseau Wi-Fi.

YouTube Music permet très simplement d'ajouter des titres au service

YouTube Music permet très simplement d’ajouter des titres au service

YouTube Music fait figure de très bon élève , puisqu’il est possible de glisser-déposer les morceaux sur la version Web du site, pour les retrouver directement sur l’application mobile, en toute simplicité.

Le téléchargement hors-ligne

Sur smartphone, il peut être pratique, lorsqu’on arrive dans une zone sans couverture réseau et qu’on prévoit de prendre l’avion, de télécharger les morceaux en local sur son appareil.

Aucun problème de ce côté-là, puisque les sept services de streaming de musique permettent de télécharger des morceaux hors-ligne pour les écouter hors connexion .

Les paroles, les clips, les podcasts, etc.

En plus de toutes les fonctionnalités, que l’on peut considérer comme essentielles à une bonne expérience d’écoute de musique, les différentes plateformes regorgent de fonctions annexes pour enrichir l’expérience avec davantage de contenus que les seuls titres musicaux.

  Clips Livrets Paroles Podcasts Radio
Amazon Music Non Non Oui Non Non
Apple Music Oui Non Oui Non Oui
Deezer Non Non Oui Oui Oui
Qobuz Non Oui Non Non Non
Spotify Non Non Oui Oui Non
Tidal Oui Non Non Non Non
YouTube Music Oui Non Oui Non Non

De ce côté, chacun joue donc ses propres cartes. La fonction la plus répandue est clairement l’affichage des paroles, puisque seuls Qobuz et Tidal ne le proposent pas. Il s’agit d’ailleurs de la seule fonction proposée par Amazon Music. Du côté des clips, ils sont disponibles sur Apple Music et Tidal, ainsi que, forcément, sur YouTube Music grâce aux chaînes des artistes .

Deezer est par ailleurs le service proposant le plus de fonctionnalités additionnelles puisqu’en dehors de l’affichage des paroles, la plateforme française propose également des podcasts — tout comme Spotify — ainsi que des accès aux radios françaises. Pour les radios, Apple mise sur ses propres stations maison. Enfin, concernant les podcasts, Spotify a mis le paquet depuis quelques années, en proposant nombre de productions originales , disponibles uniquement auprès de la plateforme suédoise.

Quelle est la meilleure plateforme musicale ?

Une fois tous ces critères pris en compte, il est temps de faire le bilan de chaque plateforme pour déterminer laquelle est le meilleur service de streaming de musique.

Qobuz : pour les audiophiles fortunés

Qobuz joue clairement la carte de l’audiophilie. Et pour cela, le service français de streaming joue cartes sur table avec une première offre disponible sans engagement à 19,99 euros par mois — ou pour 14,99 euros par mois pour un engagement d’un an. Qobuz a l’avantage de proposer des titres allant jusqu’à une qualité 24 bits à 192 kHz. Néanmoins, le catalogue est plus réduit que chez la concurrence. Des limites existent également quant aux fonctions sociales et aux recommandations, forcément éditorialisées et donc pas personnalisées en fonction de votre historique de lecture. L’offre est intéressante pour les amateurs de hi-fi, mais la concurrence est souvent bien plus agressive.

  • Catalogue : plus de 60 millions de titres
  • Prix : 19,99 euros par mois ou 249,99 euros par an
  • Qualité : FLAC 24 bits jusqu’à 192 kHz
  • Nombre de plateformes compatibles : 5
Qobuz

Qobuz

Tidal : un manque de fonctions sociales

Tidal propose une offre qui se veut haut de gamme, sans version gratuite, mais avec des fonctionnalités qui ont de quoi séduire, notamment avec l’intégration de clips musicaux. Le service pêche néanmoins par l’absence de playlists collaboratives ou de toutes fonctions sociales. Le nombre de plateformes compatibles est lui aussi assez limité puisque Tidal n’est proposé ni sur Google Home ni sur HomePod. Le prix de la version HiFi, à 19,99 euros, est par ailleurs plutôt élevé par rapport à la concurrence.

  • Catalogue : plus de 70 millions de titres
  • Prix : 9,99 (Premium) ou 19,99 euros (HiFi) par mois
  • Qualité : AAC 320 kbps (Premium) ou FLAC 24 bits jusqu’à 192 kHz (HiFi)
  • Nombre de plateformes compatibles : 6
Tidal

Tidal

Deezer : un service correct

Deezer est un acteur historique du secteur de la musique en ligne. Logique, dès lors, qu’il propose de nombreuses intégrations. Seuls manquent à l’appel le HomePod et le PlayStation Store. Le service a également pour intérêt de proposer une version avec qualité lossless à un prix plus bas que la concurrence, à 14,99 euros par mois. Néanmoins, il s’agit d’une qualité CD et non pas HD. Notons par ailleurs que le catalogue de Deezer est annoncé comme un peu plus restreint que la concurrence. Il s’agit d’une bonne offre, mais d’autres services proposent encore mieux.

  • Catalogue : 56 millions de titres
  • Prix : 9,99 (Premium) ou 14,99 euros (HiFi) par mois
  • Qualité : MP3 320 kbps (Premium) ou FLAC 16 bits jusqu’à 44,1 kHz (HiFi)
  • Nombre de plateformes compatibles : 8
Deezer

Deezer

Apple Music : un bon catalogue et des fonctions nombreuses

Apple est un acteur plutôt récent dans la musique en ligne. Néanmoins, le constructeur s’est rodé pendant longtemps avec l’iTunes Store et profite d’un large catalogue. En quelques années à peine, Apple Music a su s’imposer comme un service de taille à concurrencer les principales plateformes du secteur, notamment grâce à une compatibilité avec un grand nombre d’appareils. L’offre unique à 10 euros par mois est par ailleurs plutôt simple à comprendre, même si la qualité proposée ne plaira pas nécessairement aux plus audiophiles. Enfin, Apple peut se targuer d’avoir un très large catalogue de 70 millions de titres, de radios exclusives, de clips vidéos et de l’intégration des paroles.

  • Catalogue : 70 millions de titres
  • Prix : 9,99 euros par mois
  • Qualité : AAC 256 kbps
  • Nombre de plateformes compatibles : 8
Apple Music

Apple Music

Amazon Music : la meilleure offre pour les audiophiles

L’offre musicale d’Amazon n’est pas simple à appréhender au premier abord, et pour cause : elle est composée de quatre offres distinctes : Free, Prime, Unlimited et HD. On va se concentrer sur les deux dernières, les seules à proposer un accès au catalogue complet de 70 millions de titres de la plateforme. Et sur ce point, il faut reconnaître qu’Amazon Music HD a de quoi séduire avec un prix plutôt accessible et une qualité audio haute définition. Souvent oublié, c’est pourtant la bonne surprise de ce comparatif, notamment pour les audiophiles. Dommage que le service ne soit pas pris en charge par les enceintes Google Home ou HomePod et que les fonctions sociales soient plutôt limitées.

  • Catalogue : 70 millions de titres
  • Prix : 9,99 (Unlimited) ou 14,99 euros (HD) par mois
  • Qualité : MP3 jusqu’à 320 kbps (Unlimited) ou FLAC 24 bits 192 kHz (HD)
  • Nombre de plateformes compatibles : 7
Amazon Music

Amazon Music

Spotify : le meilleur service pour rejoindre vos amis

Sur le papier, Spotify propose une formule assez classique avec un prix unique de 9,99 euros par mois, un catalogue dans la moyenne des concurrents avec 70 millions de titres et une qualité limitée à 320 kbps. Néanmoins, sa force réside en fait dans son nombre d’utilisateurs. Grâce à cela, la plateforme propose de nombreuses fonctions sociales, beaucoup de recommandations musicales, un grand nombre d’appareils compatibles — tous les sont hormis, pour l’instant, le HomePod — et même des applications tierces conçues par des développeurs sur la base des APIs du service. La plus grande force de Spotify est sans doute que vos amis sont déjà présents dessus.

  • Catalogue : Plus de 60 millions de titres
  • Prix : 9,99 euros par mois
  • Qualité : Ogg Vorbis jusqu’à 320 kbps
  • Nombre de plateformes compatibles : 9
Spotify

Spotify

YouTube Music : le catalogue le plus complet

Né sur les cendres de Google Play Musique, YouTube Music est probablement le service de streaming de musique le plus complet à l’heure actuelle. Si la qualité audio est plafonnée, dans le meilleur des cas, au AAC à 256 kbps, le service de Google se distingue de la concurrence par son catalogue. Il faut dire qu’il n’est pas limité aux artistes ayant signé avec YouTube Music, mais intègre également toutes les vidéos mises en ligne sur le service vidéo. YouTube Music a également l’avantage de permettre d’ajouter ses propres morceaux au catalogue d’un simple glisser-déposer. Finalement, l’unique lacune de la plateforme est sa compatibilité très limitée avec les appareils, en dehors du site web et des applications iOS et Android.

  • Catalogue : Non communiqué
  • Prix : 9,99 euros par mois
  • Qualité : AAC 256 kbps
  • Nombre de plateformes compatibles : 4
YouTube Music

YouTube Music

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