Music has become a fundamental part of almost everyone’s lives nowadays and most people don’t go a full day without streaming music through Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp, Pandora, Apple Music, YouTube, etc.. Which platform should be considered the best, though? I actually believe that they all have their own benefits to them and there’s not really a wrong platform to go with. Here are my top two favorite streaming sites.
As a musician, my personal favorite is Bandcamp simply because connecting direct-to-fan is (in my opinion) the best way to work as a musician. Bandcamp makes things very simple for an artist to release their music and choose how much they want to sell it for (or not charge people at all for a download) all while keeping a large majority of the profit. Also, unlike services like Spotify and Apple Music, you don’t have to pay to use it. If you’re a musician and don’t have a Bandcamp page, I highly recommend it!
Spotify is my go-to for discovering new music. I didn’t realize just how much music I was missing out on until I signed up. The platform is very user-friendly and makes recommendations based on the artists/playlists you’re listening to. There are other streaming sites that do this, but Spotify suits my needs the best. To be a premium member (multiple benefits/highly recommended), it’s $9.99/month, but they also offer a discount to students which is $4.99/month. In addition to when you sign up for the service, you get the first 3 months for only 99 cents!
When I released my first album, I signed up for a service on TuneCore which helped me distribute my music through over 40 streaming platforms, including Spotify. Outside of Bandcamp, Spotify has been the most successful platform I’ve used in terms of getting music out. This is due to the fact that so many people use Spotify and it’s very easy to share your music on other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.