Are you currently looking to subscribe to a music radio streaming service, but feel overwhelmed by all of the options out there? If so, it will help to consider these things when making your selection.
It's worth taking a look at what kind of audio quality you can expect with each service. You typically see this listed as the audio bitrate, with the quality being measured by the amount of kilobits per second (kbps). The higher the kbps offered will result in a high quality audio stream. While some audio services may define their quality with branded names, such as high definition or ultra HD, look at the actual bitrate each service offers to compare them more accurately.
If you are interested in actual radio stations, start to compare what genres of music are being offered. You may be surprised to see that each service offers a different variety of stations based on music genres, and even have stations dedicated to single artists. You may find this to be very appealing if one of those artist exclusive stations is one that you love, or that there are many different stations for a genre of music that you enjoy.
You may not always have a connection to the Internet, so it is important to see what kind of offline listening options there are. This means that you are able to download music to your phone and play it back locally. Not only does this ensure that you have a constant stream of music to listen to, but you can avoid going over your data cap as well.
While you may be looking for specific artists or songs that you like, a large part of music streaming is discovering new music that you haven't heard before. Look at how each service handles music curation for you. Do they offer playlists that specifically have tracks from new or lesser known artists? Can you pick a song that you like and hear similar songs? These can be great ways to discover new artists and songs, and each service curates their music differently.
Smart Speaker Compatibility
If you have smart speakers in your home, figure out if the service is natively compatible with the speakers. While anybody can stream their phone to a speaker, you'll appreciate the benefit of the speaker just working with the service that you are subscribed to. You'll be able to give voice commands to start music and not even have to touch your phone.
Do you have dogs in the home that suffer from anxiety? If so, have you ever tried playing soothing music during the times that the anxiety seems to be at its worst? I had a dog that would literally dig his way through walls when he couldn't see any of the family around. After reading some articles about the calming effects of music on a dog, I began leaving a radio on in my bedroom with him when I had to go to work. It did the trick. Continue reading what I have included here on my blog to learn more about the effects of music on your dog.