How y’all doing Internet?!

We are the FGC Podcast! Two man show, Jace and Josh! In this episode, we delve into the messy musical landscape of the top 6 digital music streaming services:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Google Play Music
  • Tidal
  • Amazon Music
  • Pandora

We talk about the features of each one, the pros and cons, our experience with the service and pricing.

Also, we talk about the origin and transition of the MP3 on Learning Time. Let us know what you think and share!

Jace & Josh

Steve Jobs introduces the iPod in 2001 and brings order to the cumbersome MP3 distribution and player problem

The Services

  • Spotify
    • Try Spotify Premium free for 30 days, $9.99 a month after that. Includes shuffle play, ad free, unlimited skips, listen offline, play any track and high quality audio.
    • $4.99 a month if you’re a student.
    • $14.99 a month if you’re a family, up to 6 accounts.
    • You can also listen on your PlayStation 4 for free with a Premium account.
  • Apple Music
    • Try Apple Music for 3 months free, $9.99 a month after that. Includes world premieres of songs, original shows, the latest releases, the songs you already own, plus unlimited access to millions more, recommendations and playlists from music experts, ability to download songs for offline listening, up to 100,000 songs in your iCloud Music Library, available on all your devices, Beats 1: Innovative radio and on-demand shows hosted by top DJs and artists, curated radio stations for every genre and mood.
    • $4.99 a month if you’re a student.
    • $14.99 a month if you’re a family, up to 6 accounts.
    • Save two months with a 12 month Apple Music gift card,
  • Google Play Music
    • Try Google Play Music free for 30 days, $9.99 a month after that. Includes the ability to listen on Android, iOS, the web, upload up to 50,000 of your own songs, discover and subscribe to podcasts, radio for your mood, activities and situations, ad-free, uninterrupted listening, access 35 million songs on-demand, download your music and play it offline.
    • $14.99 a month if you’re a family, up to 6 accounts.
    • If you’re already a Google Play Music subscriber, you’ll receive a free YouTube Red membership. You can watch videos, get recommendations, and see your recent activity in both products.
  • Tidal
    • Try Tidal free for 30 days, $9.99 a month for Premium after that. Includes standard sound quality, high definition music videos and expertly curated editorial.
    • $8.49 a month for 6 month pre-paid.
    • $19.99 a month for Tidal Hi-Fi. Includes lossless high fidelity sound quality, high definition music videos and expertly curated editorial.
    • $16.99 a month for Tidal Hi-Fi pre-paid.
    • $14.99 a month if you’re a family, up to 5 accounts.
    • $29.99 a month for Tidal Hi-Fi if you’re a family, up to 5 accounts.
    • $4.99 a month if you’re a student.
    • $9.99 a month for Tidal Hi-Fi if you’re a student.
    • $5.99 a month if you’re military.
    • $11.99 a month for Tidal Hi-Fi if you’re military.
  • Amazon Music
    • If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you automatically get Amazon Music with over 2 million songs.
    • If you have an Echo, just ask Alexa to ‘try Amazon Music Unlimited,’ and it’s $4.99 a month.
    • $7.99 a month or $79 a year for Prime members to have tens of millions of songs on one account and all your devices. Non-Prime price is $9.99 a month.
    • $14.99 a month or $149 a year if you’re a family with a Prime membership, up to six accounts.
  • Pandora
    • Pandora is free forever with an account. Includes ad-supported radio and the ability to create personalized stations.
    • $4.99 a month for Pandora Plus. Includes the ability to listen with more control and no ads, create personalized stations, unlimited skips and replays, higher quality audio and offline stations. Try it free for 7 days.
    • $9.99 a month for Pandora Premium. Includes creating stations and playlists, unlimited skips and replays, higher quality audio, download anything you want, play all your favorite songs and listen with no ads. Try it free for 60 days.
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