Cyber Monday streaming music deals: Amazon Music, Tidal for 99 cents, and SiriusXM for $1
Millions of people are ditching their music collections and opting in for music streaming subscriptions. Here's how to choose the right one for you. USA TODAY
Want to give someone – or yourself – the gift of music his holiday season?
A streaming music subscription makes for a no-fuss present as you don't have to wrap or ship it and the recipient can open it when they want and make it fit their listening preferences.
Streaming music continues to grow in popularity with paid subscriptions up 30% in the first half of 2019 to 61.1 million subscriptions, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Streaming music made up 80% of the $5.4 billion spent on music in the U.S during the first six months of the year, the RIAA says.
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Here's a breakdown of the Black Friday-Cyber Monday streaming music deals:
•Tidal. Between now and Dec. 3, newcomers can get discounts on four-month memberships to this service, purchased and relaunched in 2015 by rapper Jay-Z. The service has more than 60 million songs and streams live video events on the service, the most recent one being "Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West opera" on Sunday.
A four-month premium membership is available for 99 cents (standard quality sound; regularly $39.96). For $1.99, you can get a four-month HiFi membership (a $79.96 value), to listen to CD-quality music. (To get the offers, visit Tidal's website.)
After the four months, prices return to the standard $9.99/month for premium and $19.99/month for HiFi.
•Spotify. If you are shopping for someone who is new to Spotify or already a user – or even a lapsed one – you can get three months of the streaming service's Premium tier for $9.99, the cost of one month (www.spotify.com/us/comeback, offer good through Dec. 31; but not available for subscribers who ended their subscription after Oct. 19).
Remember, if you are a new Spotify user or one who's only listened to the free tier, you can always take advantage of its three-month free trial. That allows you to sample the 50 million songs available on demand without ads, and listen to 500,000 podcasts.
As with Tidal and most music subscriptions, Spotify Premium lets you download music to listen to in offline mode, when you are on the go – a feature not found on its free tier.
Spotify recently announced that subscribers can listen to the service on more devices including Amazon Echo speakers and Amazon Fire TV devices, Sonos Move speakers, and Bose smart speakers.
•Amazon Music. New customers can get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99 cents. The service, which has more than 50 million songs you can listen to, typically costs $7.99 monthly for Amazon Prime members and $9.99 for non-members. (Note: this is a more robust service than Amazon Music, the service with more than 2 million songs Prime members get free access to, and the ad-supported music that buyers of Alexa devices can access.)
Amazon recently launched Amazon Music HD with high definition (HD) tracks of CD quality, and Ultra HD tracks that can surpass CD quality. The cost is an additional $5 per month – that would make the monthly cost $12.99 for a Prime member (Family plan subscribers would pay $19.99) and $14.99 for non-Prime members.
On Cyber Monday, current Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can upgrade their individual plan to a family plan (up to six accounts) free for two months.
•SiriusXM. The satellite radio service with more than 300 channels of live programming has Black Friday specials for those who want to listen in the car and out. Starting Monday, for $1 you can get three months of its streaming offerings – either SiriusXM Essential or SiriusXM Premier, which adds personalized Pandora stations, two Howard Stern channels and NHL and NCAA play by play and talk channels. (Details at www.SiriusXM.com).
Want to gift a media device along with the music? You can include a Google Nest Hub with a six-month subscription: $69 for SiriusXM Select (usually $16.99 monthly, a $101.94 value) or $99 for SiriusXM All Access (regularly $21.99 monthly; $131.94). Both subscriptions let you listen in the car, as well as at home on the Nest Hub and other devices. But if you want to make sure the gift recipient gets SiriusXM's two Howard Stern channels, personalized Pandora channels, and all additional sports channels, you want to opt for All Access, because some vehicle radios won't get all that content with a Select subscription).
Another option: for $60 get an Amazon Echo Dot and 12 months of a SiriusXM Select subscription. Earlier this month, SiriusXM and Amazon announced that the service's catalog of on-demand content could be streamed through Amazon Alexa and Echo devices. For details go to www.SiriusXM.com/myfreedot.
Want to test-drive SiriusXM? It has a free listening period through Dec. 3 on the SiriusXM app and on all inactive SiriusXM radios.
•Deezer. Between now and Dec. 31, sign up for Deezer's HiFi subscription ($14.99 monthly) and get the first three months of its CD-quality tier for free. Deezer's Premium level, which streams MP3-quality music, has a similar three month free offer when you subscribe for $9.99. (For more information, go to Deezer.com.)
And if you are in need of multiple accounts, you can sign up through Jan. 6, 2020 for Deezer's Family plan, which allows six profiles. You get three months free with a monthly subscription ($14.99 after three months). Deezer has a free mobile version, too, which lets you shuffle the service's 56 million tracks.
•Qobuz. The service, which launched in the U.S. in February, doesn't have a specific Black Friday deal. But earlier this month, Qobuz dropped its MP3-quality tier and began a limited time promotion until Jan. 31, 2020 and for the first 100,000 new subscribers: $14.99 monthly or $149.99 annually for its new Studio Premier plan that lets you listen to more than 50 million songs in high-resolution or CD quality.
Qobuz also has a Sublime+ plan ($249.99/year) that also gives you discounts on Hi-Res download purchases from the Qobuz store.
•YouTube. Beginning Monday and through the rest of Cyber Week, you can get free three-month trials of YouTube Premium (regularly $11.99 monthly) which lets you watch videos without ads and download them for offline viewing.
It also includes a trial of YouTube Music Premium, YouTube's dedicated music streaming service (regularly $9.99 monthly). If you want to just try YouTube Music, you can get a three-month trial of it separately during Cyber Week, too.
•Luminary. If you are a podcast devotee, you can get a one-month free trial and discounted monthly rate of $3.99 (regularly $7.99) for one year on podcast subscription service Luminary. That gets you access to 40 exclusive podcasts from Trevor Noah, Lena Dunham, Martina McBride, Russell Brand, Team Coco and others.
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