The best music streaming services of 2018 - reviewed

Winner: Spotify

Old guard

In as much as a veteran can exist in the world of music streaming, Spotify takes that position. It somehow feels like Spotify has been around forever, and it’s very much the ‘default’ people think of when wondering whether they should plump for streaming over actually buying music, like they’re living in the Stone Age or something.

Given Spotify’s longevity and popularity, and the fact we’ve used it so much, it’s perhaps tricky to be entirely objective. Take a step back though, and you can see how Spotify gets many things right: it’s dead easy to stream an artist’s entire catalogue, browsing is quick and easy, and stashing favourites for later is child’s play. It has an interface that feels solid and mature, and that’s been heavily iterated on without adding too much clutter.