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Music Streaming Services Available in the Philippines




Whether you’re stuck in traffic, doing chores, at work, or just relaxing, music is a great companion. Depending on what you’re listening to, it helps us relax or pumps us up to face the challenges of the day. To satisfy your music craving, we’ve compiled a list of different audio streaming services that you can subscribe to.

Since most of them offer roughly the same service with roughly the same music quality for almost the same price, we urge you to take advantage of the free trial they offer and see which platform you like the best. Judge them on the variety in their library, the ease of use, and the user interface of each app.

Spotify

Starting with the most popular on the list, Spotify. They’ve been around in the country since 2014, and have been dominating the music streaming space ever since. Spotify allows users to play music, create playlists, and download them for offline listening. Podcasts are also available on their platform, which is especially helpful during long commutes. Spotify’s main selling point is its great algorithm that allows users to discover new tracks based on their listening history. There are weekly mixes and suggestions tailored for you. Spotify offers a free service that allows users to play random songs in a playlist, and skip up to six tracks. Unfortunately, as a free user, you are subject to ads. Getting the premium plan removes all limitations, and allows you to stream music on the highest quality preset, which Spotify claims to be equivalent to 320Kbps. Here are the prices of each plan:

  • Individual plan – PHP 129/mo (via card), PHP 149/mo (via mobile provider)
  • Family plan (up to 6 users) – PHP 194/mo
  • Student plan – PHP 65/mo
  • 3-month free trial

Spotify is available on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Mobile, and ChromeOS.

YouTube Music

Next on the list is YouTube Music. Much like Spotify, YouTube music allows users to stream music, create playlists, and download music for offline consumption. While YouTube music does have recommendations based on your listening habits, it’s not nearly as good as Spotify’s. Where YouTube shines is its content. While we’re not going to claim that it has more content available than Spotify (they haven’t disclosed how many songs are available to listen to), they do, however, have old songs, live performances, and remixes/tracks that aren’t on Spotify. YouTube Music has a free service that locks users into playing content with the display on, subjects the listener to ads, and prohibits the user from creating playlists. Paying for the Premium plan removes these restrictions and allows users to stream audio up to 256Kbps AAC. Here are the prices of each plan:

  • Individual plan – PHP 129/mo
  • Family plan (up to 6 users) – PHP 199/mo
  • Student plan – PHP 65/mo
  • YouTube Premium (access to other YouTube affiliated subscriptions) – PHP 159/mo
  • YouTube Premium Family plan (up to 6 users) – PHP 239/mo
  • YouTube Premium Student plan – PHP 95/mo
  • 1-month free trial

For a little more, you can opt to subscribe to YouTube Premium, which unlocks premium features on all YouTube affiliated services.

YouTube Music is available on Android, iOS, and on all browsers. If you’re interested in reading on the difference between YouTube Music and Spotify, you can check the link here.


Apple Music

Apple Music has been overlooked due to the popularity of Spotify in the country, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out too. They have over 60 million songs on their platform, including original shows, concerts, and exclusives. Users can also listen to Beats 1 live and on-demand radio shows. They have all the usual music streaming features as well, like offline, ad-free listening, creating your playlist, and 256Kbps AAC music quality. Unfortunately, free users are restricted to listening to the Beats 1 live radio and the music that’s already in their iTunes library. Here are the prices of each plan:

  • Student plan – PHP 69/mo
  • Individual plan – PHP 129/mo
  • Family plan (up to 6 users) – PHP 199/mo
  • 3-month free trial

Apple Music is available for Mac, iOS, Windows (via latest iTunes), Android, Sonos, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

Deezer

Next up on the list is for the hi-fi community. Deezer offers the typical features of music streaming platforms like unlimited, ad-free listening, downloading songs for offline consumption, and creating your playlists. Similar to Spotify, Deezer’s free plan allows users to stream music online in shuffle play mode. Deezer’s main attraction, however, is its premium plan that allows users to stream in lossless quality. Since Tidal isn’t available in the Philippines, it’s the only music streaming service that allows users to listen to HiFi music. Here are the prices of each plan:

  • Individual plan – PHP 129/mo
  • Family plan (up to 6 users) – PHP 195/mo
  • Annual plan – PHP 1,290/yr
  • Deezer HiFi – PHP 250/mo
  • 1-month free trial

Deezer is available on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.

Audible

Lastly, we have Audible. While it’s not a music streaming service, it’s a great alternative to increase your human capital. Audible is an audiobook subscription service that gives its subscribers credit (or two depending on the plan) that they can use to purchase any audiobook regardless of price. Subscribers can use credits until 12 months since it’s been issued.

There are two Audible plans that you can subscribe to, the Gold plan and the Platinum plan. The Gold plan entitles subscribers to one credit per month while the Platinum plan entitles subscribers to two credits per month. Here are the prices of the two plans:

  • Gold Monthly (1 credit per month / 12 per year) – USD 14.95/mo
  • Gold Annual (1 credit per month / 12 per year) – USD 149.50/yr
  • Platinum Monthly (2 credits per month / 24 per year)- USD 22.95/mo
  • Platinum Annual (2 credits per month / 24 per year) – USD 229.50/yr

Subscribers to any plan are also entitled to 30% discounts on additional audiobooks, audiobook exchanged, keep two of the six Audible Originals per month, access premium podcasts, daily deals, and free newspaper subscriptions. Audible on Android and iOS.

All of these streaming services are available in the Philippines. If you’re using one and you’re already satisfied with the service you get, then switching to another platform could be too much of a hassle to be worth it. However, if you don’t have a subscription yet or the one you’re subscribed to leaves more to be desired, then consider the alternatives. Take advantage of the free trial these companies offer and see which of these platforms work best for you.



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