The best music streaming services of 2018 - reviewed

Google Play Music

They might be giants

In a sense, Google Play Music feels a lot like the streaming service people might have expected from Apple. Once you lay down your cash, it essentially ‘unlocks’ the tracks on the Google Play store, giving you the means to play everything. There’s a certain amount of integration with existing collections, since you can upload 50,000 tracks to the cloud (limited to 300 MB per song), and these can then be played back through the Play Music app.

The other thing that’s very noticeable about Google’s streaming service is a keen sense of minimalism. The company’s Material Design philosophy initially pays dividends when you’ve loaded an album’s track listing, or are just browsing through a selection of albums. It’s all a bit Jony Ive and in stark contrast to the oddly messy Apple Music.