If you’re wringing the last mileage out of your MP3 player and fancy signing up to an online music service, you’ve never had more choice. With Rdio, Spotify and Deezer now all available in the UK, there are more options than you can shake an iPod-free fist at.
Rdio quietly pitched up in the UK last week from over the pond, and most of us haven’t even noticed. It’s the all-American take on Spotify and lets you listen through the web, desktop or mobile. Free listening’s capped, but £4.99 gets you unlimited music and £9.99 buys you mobile and offline access.
For you if… You’re pretty savvy and want a decent social music service, but without the faff of downloading special software.
The undisputed king of streaming – but it hasn’t faced many challengers in Europe yet. Free listening hours are capped at 20 per month; thereafter, the paid-for options are the same as Rdio.
For you if: You can’t live without sharing music, and will spend hours gobbling pop history on those nifty apps.
Deezer’s been around for yonks, but only crossed the Channel last year. Free listening hours with ads are unlimited, and it follows the same pricing tiers as Rdio and Spotify.
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For you if: You want to get started with an unfussy, accessible player that gives you all the big hits.
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