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I find it hard to believe that it was over a year ago I wrote a previous feature on music subscription services. Maybe it’s the pace at which the market has changed over the last year or so, or perhaps my memory is just failing me. Either way, there's no denying that if you've an interest in abandoning actually owning the music you listen to, and would rather stream it from that mythical place known as 'the cloud' you've never had more choice.

From the stalwarts of the industry such as Napster to newcomers including, yes, Spotify there's a price plan to suit just about every pocket. And because there is more competition now than ever, these services are in a constant battle to add more features, more music and more ways to listen to it than everyone else. The music industry may not be very happy about it, but for us consumers it's all to the good.

The only real issue with this many options is that it can be a little overwhelming. Fortunately I've done the hard work for you; over the past weeks I've been sampling the delights that most of the bigger players in this game have to offer and over the following pages you'll find all the details of the good, the bad, and the ugly of each.

Rest assured that if you're music streaming service of choice hasn't been included it's not because it wasn't deemed worthy. Sadly, there's only so much time in the world, and space in these digital pages, to cover a select choice of what I've found to be the better music streaming services available. I look forward to being told why I'm wrong, and to know that you'll have to read on.

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