Which music streaming service should I use?

Earlier today, Swedish music streaming service Spotify announced they’d be offering a free three-month trial period of their Premium experience for those yet to take up the paid membership. Spotify made its India debut on February 27 this year and more than 100-plus million users are Premium subscribers.

Uninterrupted binge-listening is the new black and ads are just utterly faux pas, which means a move to paid-plans. Plus when you don’t have signal, offline mode to download your saved tracks is an additional bonus.

So before you make a move and worry about which playlists of yours to salvage in the move between streaming services, here’s a breakdown of the available streaming services, all available on Android and iOS along with Desktop apps, and their existing plans.

YouTube Music

One of the most popular music streaming services to kick into gear this year, YouTube Music has a corner in the ring for its vastly diverse range of tracks, remixes (both indie and label-affiliated) and its smooth UX.

Given one of YouTube’s biggest problems has been its ‘ads addiction’, YouTube Music has appealed to music fans who also love live performances and all YouTube Originals. At ₹99 per month, there’s a wicked free three-month trial period.

Apple Music

Students get to pay only ₹49 per month while standard individuals pay ₹99 per month, while family plans are ₹149 per month These are the newer charges which took effect, coincidentally after Spotify entered the Indian market. But most users find their libraries lacking in remix diversity and will occasionally head over to other streaming services for a quick fix.


Intuitive right down to its algorithmic power, Spotify has a few scalable subscription plans for India. There’s the ₹13 per day plan, ₹39 per week, ₹129 per month, ₹389 for three months, ₹719 for six months and ₹1189 for one year.

The down-side of Spotify? This year, Spotify is likely due to renegotiate its global licensing deals with the three big US labels, Warner, Sony, and UMG – which will explain why the music diversity is limited. Basically, Warner “revoked a previously agreed-upon publishing license” for India, according to Spotify, “for reasons wholly unrelated to Spotify’s launch in India.”


Known for their extensive regional music aggregation, Gaana crossed the 100-million active subscriber mark this June.

While they have a free plan, Gaana Plus comes with four plans. The three-month plan is ₹199, the one-year plan at ₹399, the one-month Gaana Plus and Zee5 at ₹99, and students get one year’s worth of Gaana Plus at ₹149.


Last December, Jio Music and Saavn merged into JioSaavn (very creative) courtesy their parent conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd. Also a popular destination for diverse regional tracks and mixes, JioSaavn Pro is their only plan at ₹99 per month, where one can listen on up to five devices. Pretty straightforward and not as overwhelming in terms of choice as Spotify.


Airtel’s pet music streaming service is Wynk and Wynk Premium is available at ₹99 per month. There’s an extensive library offers popular music in 12 genres and 15 languages.

Plus, last week Airtel announced All 40 million songs from Wynk Music’s library will now be available to eligible Airtel mobile customers as ‘Hello Tunes’ without the monthly subscription charge of ₹36. This exclusive benefit will be available to all mobile customers on prepaid bundles or postpaid plans of ₹129 and above. Yes, there’s a lot of fine print for this one.

Amazon Music

An underdog in the game, and an underrated one, Amazon Music is saddled with their Prime subscription at either ₹129 per month or ₹999 per year. While pricier, the other perks include Prime delivery with Amazon and Prime Video (which aggregates regional films soon after their theatrical releases).

Google Play Music

How can we forget Google Play Music? The first month, after all, is free. Then paid plans are offered at either ₹99 per month for an individual. Linked directly with your Google Account, this is a go-to for many Android users if they aren’t neck-deep in YouTube Music by now.

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