If you’re someone who spends hours listening to metal music every day and often find your computer and smartphone full of metal songs, you probably need tons of storage space. Fortunately, the idea of needing storage space to hold songs has faded out of popularity, thanks to streaming services, allowing you to listen to any song whenever, wherever—no limit whatsoever.
Physical media is becoming a rarity, representing nothing more than a collector’s item. People today tend to use cloud-based storage. Today, I’ve compiled a list of the best streaming services for music today so you don’t have to. Check them!
There’s no doubt that YouTube is, if not the most popular streaming platform today! With over 300 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute, you won’t have a hard time finding some quality metal music.
You can also find videos centered around classic metal bands; footage of the ’70s and 80’s metal bands are scoured throughout the platform.
Unfortunately, some content suffers from geo-restrictions, restrictions imposed by certain countries’ guidelines on what content is allowed. YouTube is subject to these geo-restrictions like every other streaming service, but don’t worry! You can still unblock YouTube content with a VPN.
Arguably the most popular music streaming service out there, Spotify is one of the best choices for any metal fan. Spotify has millions more customers than some of the closest competitors, an easy-to-use interface, lots of third-party integration (Amazon Alexa, Google Chromecast), and various well-made playlists.
Spotify is free with some limitations. For example, the free plan disallows you from playing songs on loop. I can tell you first-hand, however, that Spotify Premium is 100% worth it if you use Spotify frequently.
Being the closest competitor to Spotify, Apple Music has won the hearts of anyone who uses Apple. There are definitely some compelling reasons to choose Apple Music over Spotify. For example, Apple Music is free to use for your first 3 months, though a subscription is required afterwards.
If you don’t subscribe, you can still listen to music, but like Spotify Premium, you won’t be able to access all the features.
Pandora helped introduce the concept of music streaming services, and while it’s not as popular as it was in 2012, there’s still plenty of reason to use it, one being the Music Genome Project. The Music Genome Project tailors every song selection for the listener, making sure every song that plays is one the listener will like.
Since the early 2000s, the company has sought to “capture the essence of music at all levels,” categorizing songs based on 450 unique characteristics. Although the “on-demand” music service is a great addition, Pandora is the best for people who like to sit back and let the songs appear on their own.
Amazon Music Unlimited
Although most music streaming services are extremely cheap, it’s still worth highlighting the “cheapest” option.
Amazon Music Unlimited sells for $10 a month, but you can save $2 if you have an Amazon Prime membership. While you might expect a gap for discounts, Amazon has an extensive library with more than 50 million songs, including metal songs. Amazon Music offers offline downloads and deep integration with Amazon’s Fire and Echo devices.
The five streaming services I listed are the best solutions for any metal music lover to complete their collection. They can listen to almost all the metal music ever made whenever they want without having to use up a lot of disk space. The digital age has changed the way we listen to music for the better.