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A Streaming Revolution

A Streaming Revolution

The streaming wars have arrived. With the launch of Apple Music, users now have more options than ever when choosing how to get music online. Last year, for the first time ever, streaming generated more revenue ($1.87 billion) for the Recording Industry Association of America than traditional CD sales, as more and more people go online for their music. With so many services vying for your earbuds, here’s a look at six main platforms and what makes each unique:

###Apple Music

Users: 10.8 million

Gives you integration with your iTunes library—and approval from T-Swift.


Users: 75 million

Spotify’s free tier offers the only ad-funded, on-demand playlists.


Users: 800,000

Tidal’s main selling point is high-fidelity streaming and making Jay-Z even richer.


Users: They won’t say (?!)

Rdio includes arguably the most comprehensive social sharing tools.


Users: 79.2 million

Customized streaming radio based on taste—and un-mutable commercials.


Users: All of Brooklyn

On the plus side, vinyl albums don’t run ads, and they double as frisbees.

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