There have been rumors going on around our community that our school wants to block YouTube, which means no more streaming music while studying! Fear not: here are a lot of different apps and software that can be used to stream music offline. But which one is the best?

1) Apple Music

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All of you have probably heard about Apple Music. The service, which was developed by Apple Inc., gives you the possibility of streaming music and videos on and offline. The app doesn’t have any ads. Apple Music also allows you to stream their own radio stations from around the world. The platform can be used on iOS, Samsung and Windows devices.

Songs: 45 million

Free trial: 3 months

Price: $9.99/month (individual); $14.99/month (family – 6 members); $4.99/month (student)

For more information, visit Apple Music.

 

2) Deezer Premium+

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Deezer gives you the possibility to listen to different record labels like Sony, Universal Music Group, or Warner Music. In the music streaming service, you can also find over 30,000 radio channels. If you choose to pay for Deezer Premium+, there will no ads distracting you from listening to your favorite songs and albums. The platform can be used on iOS, Android, Windows or the Web.

Songs: 40 million

Free trial: 1 month (30 days)

Price: $9.99 /month (individual); $14.99/moth (family – 6 members)

To learn more, visit Deezer.

 

3) Google Play Music

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Google Play Music is a service created by Google. The service allows a user with a standard account (free) to upload 5000 songs from their own library. Users with “All Access” (individual or family), comes in combination with YouTube Red, allowing you to stream any published YouTube video offline. Google Play Music also gives you the possibility of downloading songs onto your library, to listen to them offline. The service is available on iOS, Android, Windows and the web.

Songs: 40 million

Free trial: 3 months (90 days)

Price: $9.99/month (individual, standard); $14.99/month (family- 6 members)

For more help, visit Google Play.

 

4) Soundcloud

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Soundcloud allows you to upload your own music or broadcasts. The platform allows you to get closer to your favorite artists, since they can re-post songs they like at the moment and which one they are listening to. Because it’s for free, Soundcloud doesn’t feature a lot of original songs that are in the charts, but you can find a lot of remixes of songs that are on the charts right now. You can download the app on iOS, Android and Windows.

Songs: 150 million 

Free trial: None

Price: Free

Check out Soundcloud‘s website to find out more.

 

5) TIDAL

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TIDAL is a Norwegian music app that gives the user access to 52.7 million songs and 200,000 videos. The software also has some exclusive material and pre-streams that can only be watched on TIDAL. The main difference between Premium and HiFi is the quality of the sound. Both subscriptions give you good sound quality but HiFi’s is a little better compared to Premium. The app can be used on iOS, Windows and Android.

Songs: 52 million

Free trial: 1 month (30 days)

Price: $9.99 (Premium); $19.99 (HiFi)

For more information, visit TIDAL.

 

So, which one is the best?

That totally depends on your personal preference. All of these platforms have similar usage and basics. The major differences between them all are the little essentials. For Apple Music, it’s streaming Music-videos or even some episodes of TV-shows (for example, Carpool Karaoke). For Google Play Music, it’s YouTube Red, for Deezer, it’s radio-channels, for Soundcloud, it’s their remixes, mashups, and covers, and for TIDAL, it’s music videos and pre-streams. Besides that, they all have the same prices and a similar number of songs.

 

The big question that all of you might still have is: Is our school blocking YouTube?

The secondary principle, Johnathan Cain, says that there are no plans to block YouTube. “As a philosophy, we don’t wanna block anything,” Mr Cain says. “I think it’s better to have open access to everything, and no filters and let students decide what is the best interest of their learning to be able to download,” he explains, “so we can choose to do education and tell people what the problem is and hope that they’ll stop or we can introduce controls and start blocking sides. I would rather not block anything, but in the end, education comes first, ahead of student entertainment during school.”

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