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Streaming Services Pros and Cons

By Amy Wilkie
On April 12, 2019

Streaming is often a popular form of entertainment due to its easy access of content and the plethora of options ranging from music, movies, and, television shows. Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and Pandora are all popular and well-known services. Recently, Disney and Apple announced that they are releasing their own services as well. Disney bought Fox, so it can be expected to provide Fox and Disney programming. Not much has been announced on the Apple streaming service, but it is likely to provide original shows, as well as others.

 

 Apple Music

 $4.99 a month student subscription

 $9.99 a month individual plan

 $14.99 a month family plan

Pros  Cons 
  • Unlimited access to all music, music videos, and radio stations typically on itunes
  • Add free
  • Suggests playlists and music based on what you listen to
  • Music can be downloaded to listen to offline
  • Can be used on both android and apple devices
  • Includes most, if not all, current artists’ albums and songs
  • 3-month free trial
  • Doesn’t include most, if not all, current artists’ albums and songs only select songs/albums
  • No Student account option

Google Play Music

$9.99 a month individual plan

$14.99 a month family plan

Pros Cons
  • Has a free, limited access version
  • Add free
  • Suggests playlists and music based on what you listen to
  • Music can be downloaded to listen to offline
  • Can be used on both android and apple devices
  • Comes with YouTube Red (includes ad free videos and continuous playing when the app is closed)
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  • Doesn’t include most, if not all, current artists’ albums and songs only select songs/albums
  • No Student account option

Pandora

Free with ads

Ad free $9.99 a month

Pros Cons
  • There are many Stations
  • You can read lyrics
  • You can not listen any where
  • You must register with an email account

Spotify

$9.99 a month

$5.00 a month

Pros Cons
  • Free Trail
  • Different Membership Plans
  • Use in a web browser or in an app
  • Easy to use
  • No Lyric Options
  • Not available in all countries

Netflix

$8.99 a month

Pros Cons
  • Simple to use
  • No commercials
  • Original Content
  • Multiple package options
  • “Download and go” Option
  • New content is not available right away
  • Outdated library
  • Selection dependent on your country

Hulu

$5.99 a month for Hulu

$44.99 a month for Hulu+ Live TV

Pros Cons
  • Watch recent episodes 
  • Different plans 
  • Original Content 
  • Cannot watch offline 
  • Not a great selection of movies 
  • Pay more for no ads 
  • Only available in the United States of America and Japan 

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